Yoga provides a wide range of both physical and psychological benefits for its practitioners. Regular sessions of yoga help to calm your mind and relieve musculoskeletal tightness helping to alleviate physical discomfort and headache. Yoga works on the PNS or parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for switching off the “fight or flight” stimulus lowering blood pressure, slowing the heart rate and allowing the body to relax.
Yoga Reduces The Intensity And Frequency Of Headaches
A study done in 2014 found that yoga reduces the intensity and frequency of most types of headaches. Yoga sessions improve the Cardiac Autonomic Balance (CAB) which eases disturbances that could contribute to physical ailments like migraines. Essentially in yogi terms yoga balances Ida and Pingala Nadis creating balance both structurally and internally.
Simple Home Remedies to Help Ease Headache
Make sure that you drink plenty of water – A cup of warm water is a great way to start your day.
Using a little oil gently massage temples and sides of the face
Lavender in a diffuser can help soothe and relax
If you are prone to regular headaches cut down on alcohol and those cups of coffee.
When your mind and body are well balanced, headaches and other similar issues will be reduced. These yoga poses are proven to help ease your headache.
Setu Bandha Savagasana (Supported Bridge Pose) Lie on your back with knees bent feet on the floor. Lift the hips upwards and slide a bolster or a couple of yoga blocks underneath your sacrum. Stretch the arms up over the head, back of the hands resting on the floor. Relax in this pose for about five minutes. For a little extra luxury place an eye pillow over the eyes.
Shavasana (Corpse Pose With Chair)- pad a folding chair with a blanket and set it at your feet. Roll a small blanket or a towel to support the back of the head and neck. Bend your knees and put your leg on the seat of the folding chair. Close your eyes and relax your whole body. A little tip when placing legs onto the chair is use a yoga belt around the calves to support the legs. Maintain this pose for about five minutes.
Adho Mukha Virasana (Child’s Pose)- place a bolster horizontally before you and kneel on the floor. Keep your toes together, stretch the arms and trunk forward; then spread your knees apart. Rest your forehead on the bolster and take hold of opposite elbows. Relax completely, close your eyes, and maintain this pose for about five minutes.
Supta Badha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)- fold a blanket and place it on top of the bolster, prop the bolster aginst a wall and sit face away from your bolster. For additional support, place folded blankets under each of your knees. Bring your feet together, but keep your knees apart. Rest your head on the blanket, so you will lie back on the bolster. Rest and relax for about five minutes.
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