We feel a headache on one side of the head to the other and the symptoms which vary from person to person can keep us away from falling asleep at night, skip an important meeting or be getting irritated. This can happen due to various reasons starting from dehydration, stress, tension, hangover or something else. But, when you feel the pain, the only thing you want at that moment is just to get away from that pain. To get the relief we use medicines, balms and what not! But, thanks to Yoga, it helps to release stress and tension in the body and can provide relief from migraines and headaches just by practising these simple asanas. So, why to wait? Let’s start the practice.
- Lotus Pose(Padmasana)
This is one of the best meditation poses as it helps to calm down your brain, cures headaches and restores energy levels. It also increases your levels of concentration and awareness.
Sit down on your mat in a crisscross position with spine erect. Keep your left thigh on the right thigh and vice versa. Let your hands rest on the thighs in Gyan mudra (palms facing forward while the thumb and index finger are in touch). Close your eyes and hold this position, while continuously deep inhaling and exhaling. Stay in this position for at least 1 minute and increase the time slowly and steadily.
- Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose provides blood flow to the head which helps to relieve your headache and leaves you feeling energized.
Sit on your heels, stretch your arms forward on the mat and lower your head. Pushing your hands and strengthening your legs, slowly raise your hips. Press firmly through your palms and rotate the inner elbows towards each other. It will look like an inverted V-shape.
- Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
This pose stretches the back of the legs, calms the mind and nervous system. It also regulated blood flow and gently stretches the muscles of your neck and provides you a better relaxation.
Lie down flat on your back in supine position. Position your buttocks closer to the wall as much as possible and then Inhale slowly and deeply. Rest both your legs on the wall while keeping them straight. Tilt your toes towards your body until you feel the pressure on your hamstrings. Stretch both your hands on either side of your body. Hold the position with regular breathing for at least 2-3 minutes.
- Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands
This pose relieves stress in the shoulder, back and neck muscles. It also improves blood circulation and metabolism.
From a standing position, fold your body over at the crease of the hip with the spine long. Relax neck and keep your crown of the head towards the mat. The feet are rooted into the mat. The toes are actively lifted. The spine is straight. The ribcage is lifted. The chest and the thighs are connected. The sacrum lifts up toward the sky in dog tilt. The fingers are interlaced behind the body and the palms are together. The arms and elbows are straight. The shoulder blades rotate towards each other as the hands move forward (away from the lower back). The gaze is down and inward.
- Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)
This pose helps to calm the brain by reducing anxiety and stress. An amazing asana for a migraine and headache. To know more
- Childs Pose (Balasana)
This posture is helpful to rest and relax the muscles of your body. It restores vitality physically, mentally and emotionally by reducing stress and anxiety.
Practice this pose with closed eyes, listening to the sound of your breath. Sit in Vajrasana pose (bend your knees and sit on your heels). Keep your hips on your heels. Lower your head on the mat and bring your hands forward by your side. Press your thighs against your chest and breathe lightly. Touch your head to the ground.
- Corpse Pose (Savasana)
This pose relaxes your whole body and releases stress, depression, tension, and fatigue. Moreover, it relaxes your muscles, calms your mind and improves mental health.
Lie down flat on your back in supine position and close your eyes. Allow your whole body to be relaxed completely. On each inhaling and exhaling think that your body is totally relaxed. Let your tension, stress, depression, and anxiety go off on each exhaling. Maintain this position for 5-7 minutes.
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Regular practice of these asanas will help to get rid of headaches and reduce anxiety and stress.