5 Yoga Poses For Migraines


Yoga can not only have positive effects on your overall health, but you can specifically target areas, or treat symptoms with it, in an alternative and healthy way. As migraines affect a large number of people, we thought it would be best to put together a short list of yoga poses, that can help you with your migraine problems. By applying some of these poses during your daily yoga ritual, you will surely see the improvement, while it is also important to mention, that you should also keep an eye on your correct nutrition and water intake. If you combine a conscious approach with these yoga poses, you can easily get rid of those aching migraines:

1. Virasana (Forward)

With the forward Virasna you can stretch your muscles and improve your circulation:

  • While kneeling, make sure that your knees are wide apart.
  • Draw your shoulders forward and lower your chest towards the floor.
  • Lengthen your tailbone back and down, while your chin gently tucks towards your chest (to lengthen the back of your neck).
  • Optionally, you can rest your forehead on a bolster.

2. Downward Dog

The Downward Dog or the Adho Mukha Svanasana is also a great stretching exercise, that can help you fight your migraines:

  • Start from an inverted V shape, with your thighs and spine at approx. 90 degrees.
  • While spreading your fingers, point forward as your palms are placed on the floor.
  • Your armpits should roll inward, while your elbows should stay straight.
  • Tuck your chin in towards your chest.
  • Work on lengthening your spine while focusing on your lower back.

3. Wide Angle Standing Forward Bend

  • Spread your feet wide and stretch them apart as much as you can.
  • Place your hands on your ankles while bending your elbows and gently draw the back of your head to touch the earth.
  • Tuck your chin in towards your chest.

4. Standing Forward Bend

  • Keep your heels slightly apart, and allow your spine to bend forward.
  • Tuck your chin gently in towards your chest and work your palms slowly towards the floor.
  • In the end position, your fingertips should be in line with your heels.
  • Relax and breathe.

5. Head to Knee

  • While sitting put your legs straight in front and tuck your right heel into the groin.
  • While pressing your sitting bones into the floor, lift your spine and inhale.
  • Put your arms up above your head, exhale, and touch your left foot’s toes.
  • Tuck your chin gently in towards your chest, while your forehead should rest on your shin.
  • Relax and breathe.
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