Headaches are those ailments that can occur out of nowhere at any time and hit you hard. A pounding head makes it difficult for a person to do anything with ease. Whether from an underlying stress, hangover, dehydration, poor diet, or anything else; whenever a headache surges on, all we want to do is get rid of it–fast.
If you are looking for a solution outside the pills bottle then go for a non-invasive method– the Yoga. A traditional system with versatile techniques that aid in healing and well-being. The diverse yoga postures help alleviate the pain and migraine in an effective manner by releasing tensions from the body.
Therefore, breathe and practice these best yoga postures for headache. Take a look at the steps and the benefits of the required asanas.
1. Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana): Give your neck and shoulders a tension-free rest by performing this posture. Modify this yoga posture in ways that best suit your body and relieve the head pain.
How to perform: Stand on a yoga mat and spread your feet 3-4 inches apart. Firmly root your feet into the floor. Upon exhalation, keep your torso long and bend forward. Rest the top of the head on the mat and place the hands on the floor beside each foot. Draw your shoulder blades away from the ears to release tension. You can stay in this posture for 30 seconds.
2. Bridge Pose (Setu-Bandhasana): A yoga posture that heals your body in multiple ways: stretches the neck and spine, increases blood flow, releases stress, and restores calmness.
How to perform: Lie on a yoga mat. Bend your knees and spread your feet hip-distance apart. As you breathe in, press your shoulders and feet to raise the back and hips upward. Further, deepen the pose by interlocking the fingers on the ground under the back. Hold this posture for 20-30 seconds.
3. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana): Become bright and cheerful as a baby by performing a happy baby pose.
How to perform: Lie straight on the back with bent knees. Exhale, lift your feet off a mat and draw your knees towards your stomach. Grip the feet with your hands. Spread the knees wider than your torso and raise them up high. Align each ankle to your knees. Try to remain in this pose for more than 20 seconds.
4. Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Bend into a downward dog and allow the stress to melt away to feel grounded from within.
How to perform: Come on your fours. Set your wrists with your shoulders and knees with your hips. Turn the toes inward, lift the knees off the mat, and stretch your legs behind. Tuck the chin towards your chest, and relax your neck. Hold this posture for 60 seconds.
5. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana): One of the most basic yoga postures for soothing a headache.
How to perform: Stand with feet hip-width apart on a yoga mat. Inhale, raise your arms overhead. Exhale, bend forward and bring the arms down. Grab the ankle, feet, or shins whichever is possible. Completely relax your head and neck. Hold this yoga asana for 30-60 seconds.
6. Revolved Head-To-Knee (Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana): Take the classic forward bend (Janu Sirsasana) to the next level and release all your tensions.
How to perform: Sit on the ground with an upright torso and wide legs. Bend the left knee and press in the left heel into the right thigh. Slide the right foot few inches towards the right hip. Exhale, lean to the right side. Place the right forearm inside the right leg, hands facing up. Hold the toe of the right foot with your right hand. Raise your left arm towards the ceiling, sweep it behind the left ear, and grab the outer edge of the right foot. Look at the ceiling. Hold this pose for 30 seconds.
7. Upward Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana): An energizing backbend providing relief from a headache, fatigue, and mild depression.
How to perform: Lie on your stomach on the floor. Spread your legs few-inches apart. Rest the hands alongside the body on the floor. Press the hands into the ground and straighten your arms. Lift the torso and legs a few inches up from a yoga mat. Also, keep your thighs lifted. Hold this yoga posture for 30 seconds.
Whatever is the reason for your headache, these yoga poses are indefinitely a catch-all healer.