There are a number of people who experience outbursts in their heads every now and then and most of them just pop a pill to get rid of the same. These explosions are known as migraines, which is a neurological ailment. This condition can leave a person in acute pain for at least 2 days in one go. A person suffering from migraine can experience pain on one side of this heads, the eyes and the forehead. People with chronic migraine experience migraine attack due to a number of reasons such as light, heat, sound and stress.
Yoga might not completely cure migraine but if practiced regularly vital energy flows freely up to the head. This helps the sufferer in dealing with nausea and pain as well as brings down the stress levels too.
Here are certain yoga poses that offer relief from migraine:
Bhramhari Pranayama/Buzzing bee breath:
Sit on a chair completely leaning back or sit against a wall with your back supported. Now use your thumbs to close your ears flaps. Place all the other fingers over your skull. Take a deep breath after closing your eyes. While exhaling, create a buzzing sound like a bee. Repeat this for at least 10 times.
Nasikagra Drishti/Nose-tip gazing:
Sit on the floor and cross your legs. Fold your right hand in a fist, stick your thumb upward and bring your right arm right in your front. Try to focus your eyes on the thumb’s tip. Now bring your thumb closer to your nose by bending your arm. Keep your eyes fixed on the tip of the thumb. Stay like this for a few seconds. Gradually straighten your arm while keeping your eyes on the thumb. Keep on doing this for at least 5 times.
Calming down one’s nervous system, this asana efficiently reduces the pain. Sit down while keeping your hips on your heels. Now bend down by lowering your forehead to the floor. Your arms should be on the sides, keep your arms on the floor, palms facing upwards. Chest must be pressed against your thighs. Remain like for a few seconds. Return back to your original position slowly.
This yoga posture helps in calming down the mind, stimulates the nervous system and increases the blood supply. Stand straight with your feet placed together. Keep equal wright on both the feet. Breathe in and extend your arms over your head. While breathing out, bend down towards your feet. Take deep breathes and stay like this for 20 to 30 seconds. Your spine and legs must be erected and your hands must be either beside your feet, on the floor or on your legs.
Now, breathe out, moving your chest to the knees. Now, lift your tailbone and hips higher, pressing down your heels. Now bring your head to a relaxed position, bringing it towards the feet while breathing deeply. Now breathe in, bring your arm forward, rising in a standing position. Now breathe out while bringing your arms on the side.
These are a few other yoga poses that help in reducing migraine:
- Marjariasana /cat pose – This pose improves the flow of blood and helps your mind to relax, resulting in relief from headache.
- Paschimottanasana /two-legged forward bend – This pose reduces stress and calms down one’s brain, thus reducing headache.
- Adho Mukhasvanasana/dog pose – This pose helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, thus relieving the pain in your head.
- Padmasana/lotus pose – This pose relaxes your mind, relieving headache.
Yoga can help the sufferer by boosting his resistance power against migraine but this is no alternative to your on-going meditation. Nevertheless, by practicing these yoga poses on a regular basis, you can lessen the trouble of migraine, probably slowly putting a stop on them.