Yoga for Migraine Is Better Than Any Other Pain Killer

Migraine is a vascular headache that is caused by the irritation and inflammation of at the end of the nerves, resulting from the elaboration of the blood vessels of the surface of the brain or you can say migraine is a neurological disorder that causes chronic headaches that ranges from modest to high severity. It is often accompanied by vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, mood changes, seeing spots or dizziness. Pain may be felt on one or both sides of the head, around the eyes, on the face, at the back of the neck or even in the sinuses. This pain can be intense and weaken you for 4 to 72 hours if untreated.

The following Yoga for Migraine can help you to prevent from migraine attacks:

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

This bending pose stimulates the nervous system by enhancing blood supply and also relaxes the mind.

How to do:
  • Stand straight with legs together and arms next to the body.
  • Balance your weight evenly on both feet.
  • Inhale and stretch your arms overhead.
  • Exhale and turn forward and down towards the legs.
  • Stay in this pose for 20-30 seconds and carry on deep breathing.
  • Keep the feet and spine straight, hands resting either on the ground, beside the legs or on the feet.

Shishuasana (Child Pose)

Shishuasana (Child Pose)

The child pose is the best Yoga for Migraine that soothes the nervous system and effectively lessens the pain.

How to do:
  • In child pose, sit down on your heels. Placing your hips on the heels, turn ahead and lower your forehead to the ground.
  • Put the arms next to your body with hands on the ground, palms facing upward. (If it is not comfortable for you then you can put one fist on the top of other fist and relax your forehead on them)
  • Slowly press your chest on your thighs.
  • Stay in this pose for 1-3 minutes.
  • Gradually come up to sit on your heels, unfold your legs and relax.

Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)

Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
How to do:
  • Make a pose like a cat.
  • Arms must be perpendicular to the floor and hand must be flat on the floor.
  • Look straight and breathe in while lifting your head back and push your navel down.
  • Keep this cat pose and take a deep breath.
  • As you breathe out bend your head inward and press the center of your back upwards, rounding your spine towards the ceiling.
  • Stay in this position for a few seconds before you come back to the initial stage.
  • Repeat this process 5-6 times.

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Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)

Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)

This Paschimottanasana relieves stress and calms the brain. This is also helpful in relieving headache.

How to do:
  • Sit erect on the floor and keep your hands besides the ears.
  • Breathe out and twist the body and hold your toes with your fingers.
  • Your elbow must be next to your knee joints and it must touch the ground. Now your face should be placed between the knee joints.
  • Stay in this pose for 5-10 seconds.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

This position raises the blood circulation to the brain and thus reduces headaches.

How to do:
  • Come onto your fours i.e. make a pose in the form of a table that your back forms the top of the table and your hands and legs form the table legs.
  • While you exhale, raise the hips up, erecting the knees and elbows make an inverted V-shape with your body.
  • Push your hands into the floor. Extend through the shoulder blades. Place the neck stretched by touching the ears to the inside arms.
  • Keep the downward dog pose and take long deep breaths. Look towards the navel.
  • Exhale and bow the knees and return to the table position, then relax.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

The Lotus Pose alleviates headache and calms down the brain.

How to do:
  • In this Yoga for Migraine, sit erect on the mat with feet stretched out in front of you while putting the spine straight.
  • Bend your right knee and keep it on the left thigh. Ensure that the sole of the leg is facing upwards and the heel is near to the abdomen.
  • Now repeat the similar step with the other foot.
  • With crossed legs pose, with feet kept on opposite thighs, put your hands on the knees in the mudra pose.
  • Keep the head erect and spine straight.
  • Stay and continue with gentle deep breaths in and out.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

The Corpse pose revitalizes the body by taking it into a deep position of meditative rest. The yoga practice should be finished by lying down in this posture for a couple of minutes.

How to do:
  • Lie down on the floor and extend the legs 1-2 feet apart, the heels facing each other, a comfortable distance apart.
  • Take the arms away from the body and palms turned upward.
  • Relax the neck and close your eyes and concentrate your attention on the body.
  • Breathe normally and start focusing on each body part and relaxing it then moving ahead.
  • Keep the brain concentrated on relaxation, the breathing must be normal. Relax the entire body.

Apart from this Yoga for Migraine, Setu Bandhasana Pose (Bridge Pose) that decreases anxiety and calms the brain and many other yoga poses that help in relieving migraine pain such as- Forward Virasana, Janusirsasana (Head to knee pose), Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose), Matsyendrasana (Twist) etc

Yoga has no side-effect. It is the method to fight against the migraine. Practicing these easy yoga poses for a few minutes daily can help you prepare yourself better for the next migraine attack.

Remember or Caution: You may also apply these yoga sessions for normal or tension-type headaches as the first signal of migraine attack or during gentle or mild attacks but remember that you should not apply yoga during intense migraine attacks.

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