How Yoga Practice Heals Migraine

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Migraine is a neurological disease that causes severe pain, usually on one side of the head. It can last up to hours or days, causing nausea, drowsiness, vomiting, etc.


There are various ways to treat migraines with medications and surgeries. But with medications and surgeries, there come the side effects. Some of these may lead to heart attack, insomnia, depression, etc. But the question arises, whether it can be treated without medication or not. So the answer is yes. With age old spiritual yoga, it is possible to solve the problem of migraine permanently.

Yoga Poses For Migraine

Practicing the following yoga poses will help you get some relief from migraine.

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

How to Practice:

  • Put your hands at the side and stand with your feet together
  • Raise both your hands while inhaling
  • Bring your hands down to touch your toes keeping your knees straight while exhaling.
  • Holding your breath, keeping your knees straight, try to touch your forehead to the knees.
  • Raise your hands above your head while inhaling
  • Bring your hands down to the sides in a sweeping motion while you exhale.

Why to Practice:
The Standing Forward Bend electrifies the nervous system by increasing blood supply and also calms the mind.

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Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

How to Practice:

  • With the soles of your feet planted on the ground, lay on your back and arms by your sides.
  • Lift your hips towards the ceiling and inhale
  • Keep your chin away from your chest.
  • Press the back of your head down into the yoga mat.

Why to Practice:
The Bridge pose not only calms the body but also reduces anxiety which helps greatly in curing migraines.

Shishuasana (Child’s Pose)

How to Practice:

  • Walk your knees out to the width of your mat while letting the toes touch.
  • Then release your body onto the ground between your thighs as you walk your fingertips towards the front of your mat.
  • Rest your forehead on the floor and move your head sideways to massage out the tension.

Why to Practice:
The Child Pose calms down the nervous system and reduces the pain.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

How to Practice:

  • Stretch your legs out in front of you while keeping the spine erect.
  • Place the right knee on the left thigh.
  • Now, repeat the same step with the other leg.
  • Place your hands on the knees in mudra position with both the legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs.
  • Hold and continue with long breaths.

Why to Practice: The Lotus Pose relaxes the mind and reduces headaches.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

How to Practice:

  • Lay on your back with your legs out and your arms down by your side, palms facing up.
  • Relax every muscle in your body and close your eyes.
  • Deepens your breathing
  • Stay in the pose for at least 2-5 minutes.

Why to Practice: When you’re in savasana, your entire body is completely relaxed, supported by the ground below you. This can help you to reduce your migraines.
Yoga releases your tension and tends to work as a stress buster which has a great impact on curing migraines.

Yoga for migraines is the substitution of medications. Practicing these simple postures helps you to get relief from migraines.

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