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Yoga Practice to relieve Headaches

April 25th, 2012 by tanja

Treating our headaches can sometimes be difficult due to the wide range of headaches and causes we experience. In some cases we can try running or other forms of exercise to relieve our headaches while for others doing those exercises will make your headache worse. The main idea is to find out if simple lifestyle adjustments do not make those headaches go away you should consult with a doctor. If exercise and getting your blood flowing helps then yoga teacher training can provide steps to help you with a good yoga practice.

Migraines

If you are someone that suffers from migraines you may be in pain for hours or days at a time. You may also have extreme sensitivity to light, sound or smell that comes along with the headache. Some factors that could be the cause are changes in a major pain pathway or an imbalance in the brain chemicals such as serotonin. By doing some muscle relaxation exercises with a yoga teacher you can begin to alleviate migraine pain.

Viparita Karani

This pose also known as the legs up the wall pose is done beginning on the floor. Make sure you are lying on the floor with your lower back supported by a bolster or pillow and your legs are up against the wall. The distance between the wall and the height of your back support will depends on your flexibility. If you are not very flexible you should start farther away from the wall and have a good lower back support. Make sure to sit sideways on the right end of your support or to the left if you are left handed. Now you should begin to exhale and in one move swing your legs both up onto the wall while you put your shoulders and head onto the floor lightly. Stay in this pose for five to 15 minutes. Yoga teacher training will stress the importance of support under your back to avoid injury.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

This pose is also called the Bridge pose and you begin by lying on the floor on your back. Slowly bend your knees with your feet planted on the floor and your heels as close to your tailbone that is comfortable. While you slowly exhale, press both feet and arms into the floor and push your tailbone up, firming and lifting your buttocks off the floor.  Make sure to keep your thighs parallel to the floor and your knees should be directly over your heels. While your arms are straightened clasp your hands underneath and below your pelvis to keep your position on the tops of your shoulders. Try to keep this pose for 30 seconds up to one minute. When you begin your exhale, slowly release the pose by rolling your spine down back onto the floor.

Pashimottanasana

This pose is also known as the seated forward bend and begins by sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Begin by pressing your thigh into the floor and placing your palms or fingertips onto the floor next to your hips. When you inhale, lean forward from your hips and reach with your hands, elbows extended, and grasp the sides of your feet. During this movement yoga teachers should explain that your belly should be touching your thighs, then your ribs and lastly your head. As you exhale move deeper into the bend without force. Stay in this pose for one to three minutes. To release from this pose, lift your belly away from your thighs and inhale as you release.

Savasana

This pose also called the corpse pose is a neutral body position. Begin this pose by sitting on the floor with your knees bent. Slowly lean back onto your forearms and left your pelvis off the floor. Try to push your pelvis towards your tailbone and back onto the floor. Slowly inhale and extend your legs one at a time. With your hands, lift the base of your skull from the back of your neck and release it down towards the tailbone. Slowly stretching your arms up and away stretching your spine. Position your arms on the floor with your shoulder blades resting evenly on the floor. Use bolsters, pillows, blankets to make sure that you are completely relaxed. The key to this pose is to have complete relaxation. Remain in this pose for five to 30 minutes.

Yoga teacher training will help guide you to poses that will help areas that tend to be responsible for headaches. There is a great benefit to being able to get your body relaxed and the blood flowing to bring you comfort.

By tanja