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8 yoga asanas to help relieve a migraine headache

A migraine is a neurological disorder that causes recurring bouts of headaches ranging from moderate to high intensity. Typically  a person with a migraine will experience pain on one side or one half of his/her head, which can last for anywhere between two hours to two days. During a migraine a person will usually be extremely sensitive to light and noise, apart from suffering from other common symptoms like vomiting, nausea, pain that is aggravated during physical activity and many more.

Hastapadasana (Standing Forward bend)

The standing forward bend invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood supply and also calms the mind.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)

This asana also helps keep your blood pressure under control, relaxes the mind, calms the brain and reduces anxiety. Apart from that while doing this asana your blood rushes to the brain helping in pain relief.

Balasana (Child pose)

Ss the child’s pose this asana is a great stress buster. It gently stretches the hips, thighs, ankles, calms the mind and helps relieve stress and fatigue. The Child pose also calms down the nervous system and effectively reduces the pain.

Marjariasana (Cat stretch)

The Cat stretch improves blood circulation, relaxes the mind, beats stress and helps you breathe better. The best part about this asana is that it helps relax tense muscles which is an effective way to get rid of pain.

Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward bend)

The two-legged forward bend asana calms the brain and relieves stress and can relieve a headache.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog pose)

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

Padmasana (Lotus pose)

The Lotus pose relaxes the mind and alleviates headache.

Shavasana (Corpse pose)

The Corpse pose rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest. The yoga routine should be ended by lying down in this pose for a couple of minutes. 

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