Can Yoga Help You to Combat Headaches ?


It’s common knowledge that yoga can increases muscular flexibility and strength. In addition, yoga is a proven treatment for back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions. Practice of Yoga also helps in easing the stress, anxiety, and depression that causes and reinforce pain.

Once you get a headache, you really wont be able to concentrate on living your day to the fullest. Taking some pills might relieve the pain but it is not the only solution.  If you’re on the lookout for an alternative to pills to treat joint pain and other common aches, relief is just a Yoga class away.Yoga can offer a more natural and harmless way to solve the problem. Consider the yoga poses listed below that are ideal for relieving and preventing the pain in your head.

Yoga thus effectively fights and prevents nasty headaches. More often than not, headaches are caused by increased tension in your neck and shoulders. This can be resolved by regulating your breath, opening up your chest, and improving the blood flow to your brain.

The Reverse Prayer

Sit in a comfortable position. Relax your shoulders and arms. Bend your elbows and put your arms together in the prayer position pointing your fingers up along the spine.

Forward Bend (Standing)

Stand up erect. Bend down forward legs keeping your back and legs straight. Once it gets hard for you to keep your back straight, lower your head and grab hold of your legs with your hands. This is in order to help draw in your stomach towards your thighs even as your head hangs freely.

Cat-Cow posture

Assume the table pose. Ensure your hands are under your shoulders and your knees directly below your hips. Whilst inhaling, lift your pelvis and chest toward the ceiling, and such that your stomach moves toward the floor. Lift your head up to assume the Cow Pose. And then while exhaling, move back to Cat Pose by rounding your spine.

The Balasana

Squat on your heels, and lower your head onto the mat. Place your arms alongside your legs or under your forehead. Relax and hold the position.

At the end, finish off with a nice bout of Savasana.

You need to spend about 10 breaths in each pose.

Over 20 years of studies conducted by researchers have found that yoga is extremely effective in the treatment of chronic pain, including osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine. The studies saw patients experiencing significant reductions in joint pain, muscle stiffness, and overall physical discomfort. In addition, they greatly improved their flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength.

Performed the right way, yoga’s fluid movements allow swollen or otherwise painful joints to glide smoothly over one another. This results in increased mobility and strength without excess wear and tear.

Regular yoga practice is very effective in dealing with headache. Consistent yoga sessions ensure that the tension doesn’t build up abnormally in your spine and chest. A headache wouldn’t even stand a chance.


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