The philosophy of yoga is rooted in a culture of health and well-being. This culture understood how exercises could be used to treat ailments. But did you know that certain yoga poses are helpful even for treating headaches?

Yoga was traditionally more than just a weekly gym class, it was considered a lifestyle. Students of yoga dedicated themselves to a culture that went beyond simple meditation techniques. These included healthy eating habits, bathing habits, and guidelines for social and professional interactions.

Many of these techniques are emphasized at yoga retreats and have benefited the over 15 million people who practice worldwide today.

Lynn A. Anderson, Ph.D. is a doctor of naturopathy and certified yoga instructor. She says: “Yoga helps to release tension and stress in the body, and the majority of headaches are usually tension-related. Yoga gives the individual an opportunity to slow down and relax, and also really improves circulation throughout the body. Anytime you improve circulation, that improves pain and stress.”

With yoga, you have oxygen and the blood flow going to the brain,” she says. “The majority of your life, gravity is pulling you down towards the earth. Your body flow is all going down and pooling towards your feet. So it’s a good idea to get that flow going up in the opposite direction towards the brain — that’s what we do with yoga.”

Headache Relieving Yoga Poses

1. Corpse Pose

The body should be placed in a neutral position during this pose.

You should experience the following benefits from regular practice:

  • Your headaches, fatigue, and insomnia should be reduced.
  • The body will relax.
  • Your brain will be calmed, reducing stress and depression.
  • Blood pressure can be lowered.

Caution: If you have back pain, do this pose with your keens bent and your feet on the floor, hip-distance apart. Ensure that the knees are bolstered. If you are pregnant, raise your head and chest on a bolster.

2. Bridge Pose

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You should experience the following benefits from regular practice:

  • Your headaches, fatigue, anxiety, backache, and insomnia should be reduced.
  • The chest, neck, and spine will be stretched.
  • Your brain will be calmed, reducing stress and depression.
  • The abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid will be stimulated.
  • Your legs will be rejuvenated.
  • Digestion will be improved.
  • Your menopausal symptoms will be relieved.
  • Menstrual symptoms can be relieved if the pose is done with support.
  • This can also be therapeutic for your asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.

Caution: Avoid this if you have neck injuries.

3.  Big Toe Pose

You should experience the following benefits from regular practice:

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  • Your headaches and insomnia should be reduced.
  • The kidneys and liver will be stimulated.
  • Your hamstrings and calves will be stretched.
  • The thighs will be strengthened.
  • Your digestion will be improved.
  • Menopausal symptoms will be relieved.

Caution: Importantly, avoid this if you have lower back or neck injuries.

4. Dolphin Pose

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You should experience the following benefits from regular practice:

  • Your headaches, fatigue, anxiety, backache, and insomnia should be reduced.
  • The brain will be calmed, reducing stress and depression.
  • Your hamstrings and calves will be stretched.
  • The arms and legs will be strengthened.
  • Your menopausal symptoms will be relieved.
  • Menstrual symptoms can be relieved if the pose is done with support.
  • This helps to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Your digestion will be improved.
  • This is also therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, and sciatica.

Caution: If you have shoulder or neck injuries keep your knees bent.

5.  Extended Puppy Pose

  • Your headaches should be reduced.yoga
  • Your spine and shoulders will be stretched.


Caution:
Avoid this pose if you have a knee injury.

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This post has been curated by a Longevity Live editor for the website.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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