Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes recurring headaches ranging from moderate to high intensity. Typically, it affects only one-half of the head and can last from 2 hours to up to more than 2 days. When under a migraine attack, the sufferer may become extremely sensitive towards light or noise. Other common symptoms include vomiting, nausea, and pain aggravation due to physical activity.

How do you treat migraine headache?

If you have been suffering from head-splitting ache for years or have recently been diagnosed with migraine, there are ways other than medication to help overcome your pain. Arterial surgery, muscle surgery, Occipital nerve stimulation, Botox, beta-blockers, and antidepressants are a few of the various preventive methods available to fight migraine attacks.

But beware as not all of these methods come without side-effects. Opting for some of these methods may increase the risk of hypotension, heart attacks, insomnia, and nausea to name a few.

So, is there a natural way to fight against migraine without hurting the body in the process?

Luckily, yes. The answer is Yoga. Below are the easy to practice yoga poses for migraine. Let us know them one by one.

8 Yoga Asanas for Headache & Migraine Relief

Yoga is an ancient technique that promotes holistic living through a combination of postures and breathing techniques. Yoga is a side-effect-free method to fight migraines. Practicing these simple yoga postures for a few minutes every day will help prepare you better for the next migraine attack:

  1. Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  2. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  3. Shishuasana (Child Pose)
  4. Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
  5. Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)
  6. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  7. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
  8. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

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The Standing Forward Bend invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood supply and also calms the mind. Know more about Hastapadasana.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

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Benefits of Setu Bandhasana.

The Bridge Pose calms the brain and reduces anxiety.

Shishuasana (Child Pose)

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The Shishuasana (Child Pose) calms down the nervous system and effectively reduces the pain.

Marjariasana (Cat stretch)

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The Marjariasana (Cat Stretch) improves blood circulation and also relaxes the mind.

Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward bend)

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The Two-Legged Forward Bend calms the brain and relieves stress. This yoga posture also relieves headache. Read more about Paschimottanasana.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

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Benefits of Adho Mukha Svanasana.

The Downward Facing Dog Pose increases blood circulation to the brain and thus relieves headache.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

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The Padmasana or Lotus Pose relaxes the mind and alleviates headache.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

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The Corpse Pose rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest. You can end the yoga routine by lying down in this pose for a couple of minutes.

Migraine headache cause unbearable pain and can hamper one’s personal as well as professional life. Explaining your situation to family, friends, and colleagues will encourage moral and emotional support from them. It will also help them have an open-minded view of your situation.

Yoga is a means to make your resistance against migraine better and should not be used as an alternative to medication. It’s recommended to continue your medication until your doctor advises otherwise. 

Practicing these simple yoga postures will lessen the impact of a migraine attack and may eventually stop them permanently. So, roll out the yoga mat, repose for some time every day, and shut migraine out of your life for good. Know more about Shavasana

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