Yoga To Help with Headaches

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Yoga To Help with Headaches.


Yoga to help with headaches – private yoga in Wimbledon, Putney, Wandsworth, Southfields and Fulham.


There are many different kinds of headaches, some are from dehydration, stress, tension, a hangover or sinus issues. Luckily yoga can help – both yoga asanas (yoga poses) and breathing techniques.

Yoga will open the neck, shoulders and spine to bring blood flow to the head more easily.

So, when you feel a headache coming on and if you are looking for a holistic solution, consider trying a yogic breathing exercise or a soothing spinal twist.

Specific yoga poses can also help target some of the underlying causes of the headaches like stress and tightness.

If you are feeling like a headache is coming on or just need a little stress relief try doing this yoga poses.


Yoga poses to help with headaches:


1. ?Start with a deep breathing exercise (Pranayama).

Sitting crossed legged, try a calming breathing exercise to release tension in the shoulders and bring more oxygen to the brain. Take a deep inhale and draw the shoulders as high towards your ears as you can. On the exhale, drop the shoulders all the way down. Repeat 3 to 5 times..

2.? Cat Cow Stretches.

Come to all fours with hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Inhale, look up and arch spine, rolling shoulders away from ears for cow. As you exhale, press the floor away with hands and knees, and round your spine towards the sky for cat. Do at least 5 complete breath cycles (you’ll do 5 of each position). This is the great pose to release tension in the spine, shoulders and neck and to boost circulation to the upper body.

3. ?Child?s Pose.

Kneel with knees slightly apart and stretch arms forward. Keeping arms long and in front of you, allow forehead to rest on the ground. Breathe here for 10 or more deep breaths. This pose helps to quieten the mind and release tension. The breath is directed towards your back, so the back is expanding. That helps to bring the oxygen up the spine and into the back of the neck and the shoulders.

4. ?Half Spinal Twist (seated).

Sit with legs stretched out in front of you. Bend right knee and place right foot outside of left knee. (You can keep left leg long or fold it in like a half-cross-legged seat). Wrap left arm around right leg and place right hand behind you. Use each inhale to lengthen spine and each exhale to twist. Breathe here for 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side. Twists are very good to release tension in the body.

5. ?Legs Up The Wall.

Sit sideways next to a wall. Lie down on one side, facing away from the wall with butt touching it. Using arms, lift legs up the wall as you roll over onto your back. Allow arms to fall on either side of you. Palms can face up for openness or down for an extra level of grounding. Breathe here for at least 10 breaths. This pose helps to quiet the mind and reduce stress and fatigue.



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Magda is a YMCA qualified Hatha yoga teacher in SW London and provides private yoga lessons and yoga therapy to clients.

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