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International Yoga Day: Yoga Asanas For Headache

Be it Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Shilpa Shetty or Deepika Padukone, do you know the secret of their fit and healthy being? Yes, it is yoga. Ever since the ancient pre-vedic times, yoga has been known to us.

Believed to have gained popularity first in the Indian subcontinent, it is now popular in the Western world too, not just as a physical exercise form, but also for its meditative and spiritual values.

One of the most important aspects of yoga is that, it can be done and is beneficial for all, whether you are young or old or that you are weak or fit.

As a matter of fact, few of the yoga asanas are somethings that we have been doing naturally in our daily lives. It is just that we aren't aware of it, as it has to be done at the correct time to reap the benefits it has to offer.

Of all, yoga has been very useful in getting rid of the most common diseases that all of us have sustained once in our lifetime - Headache.

Whether it's the teenagers, adults or the elderly, headache spares no one. Headache may arise due to stress, lack of adequate sleep, migraine, sensitivity to certain aromas, high blood pressure, sinus, etc. Whatever be the reason, but headache definitely disrupts one's day-to-day activity.

There are several medications available over the counter for headache, but this tends to cure just the symptoms, not exactly the cause. In order to do away with the root cause of headache, yoga is found to be very effective.

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Boldsky lists 8 yoga asanas which help alleviate headache. Take a look:

1. Cat Pose:

The Cat pose Asana can relieve the built-in stress and tension from the back, spine and neck. It stretches the back, giving your spine a good relief from the never-ending pain. Kneel down on the floor by leaning forward put both your palms on the floor, looking straight.

Now, make a posture similar to a standing cat. Ensure that your shoulder as well as your back muscles are in a relaxed state. Just exhale calmly and feel your belly going inwards. Move your head inwards, in between your shoulders. Now inhale and arch your back in the opposite direction.

2. Viparita Karanie:

Lie down on the floor, near a wall and practice deep and steady breathing. Now raise your legs up, in support to the wall in such a position that your heels are touching the wall, and exhale. Adjust your body against the wall. Keep your head on the floor, while the spine should be straight and knees should be bent a little, so that the knee caps won't lock.

3. Ardha Matsyendrasana:

In this asana, you need to keep your legs straight and sit with your legs stretched with your feet together and spine absolutely erect. Then, bend your left leg and keep the left heel besides your right hip. Get your right leg under your left knee.

Keep your right hand over your left knee and right hand should be behind you. Just twist your waist, neck and shoulder towards the opposite side, from which side you began the pose.

Look backwards in the same direction. Stay in this position for at least 60 seconds and then exhale. Sit straight for a while and then get up. Repeat the same with the other foot twisting in the opposite side.

4. Janu Sirsasana:

Stretch your legs forward, take a deep breath in, get your right heel inwards while bending your right knee and make your right sole touch the inner side of the left thigh. While your left hand is resting on the ground besides your buttocks, just push your right hand in the right groin and then exhale. Maintain this position for a few seconds.

Now, with your arms outwards, just reach to expand your front torso, with the line of your right leg. Don't move your hips, but just your groin in a to-and-fro motion. By lengthening forward, just make sure you maintain a comfortable stretch.

First, your lower abdomen will touch your thighs, followed by upper torso and then comes the head. Repeat the same with the other leg as well.

5. Pranayama:

You have to begin this pose by sitting in a comfortable position. Keep your hands on your knees, with your palms on the knees. Concentrate on your lower belly. Now, take a deep breath in through both your nostrils.

Now, sniff by taking short breaths by contracting your lower belly while pressing it gently with your palms. Just begin with 65-70 breaths per minute. Gradually, get down till 95-105 cycles of inhaling/exhaling per minute.

Your two organs should work while performing this asana, that is, your nostrils for inhaling and your mouth for exhaling. Repeat it for 15-20 minutes.

6. Setu Bandha Sarvangasan Bridge Pose:

Lie down straight on your back and bend your knees. Shrink your shoulders inside and reach your hands till your feet. Just exhale and raise your hips a bit, while lifting the sternum towards your chin. Without pushing, just elongate the back of your neck.

Interlock your fingers on the ground, under your back, and this will help in rolling the shoulder blades. Take a deep breath in and make your facial muscles and jaws relax. Get back to the lying position while exhaling.

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