Yoga Poses to help with migraine headaches

Five Poses to Helps with Migraine Headaches

Posted On : 29 March 2017.

Posted By : Yogi Mahesh Chetan.

A migraine headache is something that can affect your state of mind. It can really bring you down and make you feel absolutely helpless. It is a neurological disorder that causes recurring headaches. The headaches caused by migraines range from moderate to severe. A person suffering from migraines will experience pain on onside of the head. These headaches can last from hours to days, depending on the severity.

When a person gets a migraine headache, the person will show unusual sensitivity to light and noise. Vomiting, nausea and aggravated pain during physical activity are common symptoms of a migraine headache. Migraines are considered to be more common than asthma, epilepsy and other common conditions combined. So, if you have migraines, you are not alone. Often times the medicine taken to manage migraines cause other side effects like drowsiness.

If you are a yoga practitioner, you can use some poses to help you with your migraines. Yoga is an ancient holistic technique that combines poses with breathing techniques. And unlike the prescription drugs, it has no side effects on the body. Let's look at some poses you can practice daily to help you with your migraines:

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)


This standing forward bending pose is known to invigorate the nervous system by increasing the blood supply and calming down the mind.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)


This asana is known to help keep the practitioner’s blood pressure under control by relaxing and calming the activity of the brain. Calming the mind can also help reduce anxiety.

Balasana (Child Pose)


This asana is a well-known stress reliever. It stretches the hips, thighs, ankles and also calms down the mind. It also calms the nervous system down, which in turn can reduce the pain.

Marjariasana (Cat stretch)


This pose can improve blood circulation, relax the mind and relieve your stress all the while improving your breathing. It also eases the tension of the muscles. So, it will leave you relaxed and calm.

Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)


This seated forward bending stretch can calm the brain, relieve stress and provide quick relief from headaches.

Incorporating these poses into your daily life can help you lessen the impact of a migraine attack. However, you need to seek a medical practitioner’s advice before you stop taking medication. Yoga is a supplementary treatment that can help you deal with migraines and not an alternative to medication.

AYM is one of the oldest yoga schools located in Rishikesh India. It offers yoga retreats and 200,300 and 500-hour yoga teacher training certificates to practitioners of all levels. Rishikesh is considered to be the birthplace of yoga. Located overlooking the holy Ganga, it is a well-known spiritual center for locals and tourists alike.