Today we will discuss the amazing benefits of yoga on headache. There are many yoga for headache, but we will discuss some main yoga which provides extreme benefit in headache. All these yoga are easy and 100% effective in headache. Many of our friends use this yoga and get rid of the headache permanently.
What is a Headache?
Headache is the most common problem, that most people experience in their life. According to the WHO report, almost half of the worldwide adults will experience a headache in a given year.
Headache occurs due to many reasons it may be due to daily stress life, emotional distress and due to any medical disorder like high Blood Pressure, migraine, Survival or depression.
It can occur at any stage of life and at any time.
Headache occurs in any location of the head.
It may occur at the right side or left side or both sides of the head. Disturbs the symmetry of the head between the right side and the left side.
There is many yoga for headache which helps in permanent controlling of headache pain. We will discuss these below:
Type of Headache
Headache is mainly of three type
Tension headache: It occurs due to the tension, stress and emotional distress. It is a mild to mid-range headache. 75% of the headache is tension headaches. The main reason behind tension headache is the contraction of skull muscle, which causes pain due to contraction. Emotions also play a very important role in tension headache.
Pain in the upper eye part of both eyes.
Tightness in the muscle of the shoulder and neck.
With a headache, vomit can also occur.
Migraine: Migraine headache also called half side headache. Mainly occurs on one side of the head at any stage of life it may be at childhood or adulthood. Migraine is a genetic problem and is a mild to severe range headache. Migraine pain may last for 4 to 72 hours.
Low vision or decrease in eyesight.
Stiffness in the muscle difficult to rotate.
Increase sensitivity toward light and sound.
Cluster Headache: Cluster headache is a sudden occurring headache. May occur on both sides or on one side of the head. Cluster headache may find in mid-range age people. It is a severe range of headaches. Cluster headache is a cycle of headache attacks.
Swelling under the eyes or may be around the eyes.
Redness and watery eyes.
Pale body skin with facial redness.H
How Yoga helps to tackle headache
Yoga helps to release the tension and stress of the body because the majority of headache is due to tension and stress of daily life.
Improves blood circulation to the neck, shoulder, back, and head.
Deep breathing during yoga fills up your lungs with fresh Oxygen.
During yoga, plenty of fresh oxygen circulates through your blood which relaxes your body and mind.
Yoga is an amazing healing tool if you practice regularly and in a proper way.
Helps in maintaining posture and symmetry of the head.
Yoga which help to get rid of headache
There are many yoga for headache some of these are listed below
It is a very basic yoga pose and very effective to cure headaches, constipation and back pain. In hastapadasana ‘hasta’ means hands and pada means foot and asana means pose. This yoga require a high concentration power.
Steps to perform Hastapadasana
Stand straight on your both feet and arms should be alongside your body, weight distribution should be equal on both feet.
Now take a deep breath and extend your arms over your head.
Exhale and bend slowly to touch your feet.
Stretch your arms and spine to bend further and rest your hand on the floor. The leg and spine should remain straight and erect.
Remain in same position for 20-30 sec.After that return to the normal position and inhale.
Do it 10-12 times daily.
Benefits of Hastapadasana
It helps in weight loss.
Provide strength to back and neck muscle.
Increases blood supply to the brain resulting in increased strength of brain muscle which reduces headaches. It is very amazing yoga for headache.
Makes the backbone flexible and increases the strength of the backbone.
2. Setu Bandhasana
This position is good for providing strength to the neck, back, and head muscles. It also helps in reducing belly fat. Regulates blood flow to heart, neck, and head making muscles strong and flexible.
Steps to perform Setu Bandhasana
Lie down straight on your back.
Fold your leg maintaining an approx 12-inch gap between your hips and foot. Knee and ankles should be in a straight line.
Keep your arms facing downward besides your body.
breath in and lift your back upward. Remain for 15-20 sec. in an upward position and try to touch your chest to chin.
Slowly downward with breathing out and bring yourself in the rest position.
Repeat up to 10 times a day with empty stomach.
Benefits of Setu Bandhasana
It is great yoga for headache which calms your brain and help in reducing stress and depression.
Also give strength to chest, neck and spine muscles.
Improve your digestion system by stimulation digestive body parts.
Give stretch to chest, neck and spine muscle.
It is also known as the seated forward bend position. Paschim means west and uttasana means stretching. This asana provides stretch to full body.
Steps to perform Paschimotasana
Sit on the floor and straighten your leg in front of your face. Your toes should be flexed toward you.
Take a deep breath and raise your arms over the head.
Breath out and bend forward to hold the toes, the knee should remain straight.
Try to bring the head forward to touch the knee and hold for 15-20 sec.
Take a breath in and bring the body upward keeping arms straight and place a hand on thigh.
Benefits of Paschimotasana
Calm your brain and reduce daily life stress and depression. It is also a great yoga for headache and back pain.
It helps in improving digestion.
provide strength to the spine, shoulder, and hamstrings.
Stimulate the kidney, uterus, and liver to work in a better way.
Reduce headache pain and anxiety.
4. Padmasana for headache
It is also known as the lotus position. This asana is a combination of two words padma and asana. in which padma means lotus and asana means yoga posture. Basically a simple cross leg asana.
Steps to perform Padmasana
Sit down on the floor keeping your back erect.
Place your right knee on the left thigh and left knee on right thigh.
Keep your both legs crossed and place your hands on your knee.
Now take a deep breath and exhale after 2-3 sec.
Repeat the process for 20-30 times.
Benefits of Padmasana
It controls the blood pressure of the body.
Helps in reducing the weight of the thigh and hips.
Provides calmness to the brain, results in reducing headache pain.
Stimulates spine, abdominal and bladder.
It is the position of rest and relaxation done at the end of the yoga session. It is also called a corpse position. The entire body is connected with the earth in stimulating the Muladhara chakra. Shavasana is a very good yoga for headaches.
Steps to perform Shavasana
Place your yoga mat in a silent place and lie down straight keeping yourself relaxed.
Close your eyes and put your hands lay down by the side of your body.
Take a deep breath from your diaphragm and exhale it.
Repeat the process several times until you feel relaxed.
Benefits of Shavasana
Helps in reducing blood pressure, headache and anxiety.
It is the perfect way to end yoga.
Relaxed your brain and helps to relieve mild stress and depression.
Helps in improving concentration power
6. Viprita Karani
It is also called leg up to the wall position. Viprita karani is very easy yoga and does not require a lot of strength and flexibility and excellent pose for swollen ankles. It’s a very amazing yoga for headaches.
Steps to perform Viparita Karani
Sit up near a wall
Lie down near the wall lowering your back to the floor.
Bring your legs up and move your hips closer to the wall.
Ensure that your legs are straight above your hips.
Use your hand to balance and adjust body weight.
Close your eye and take a deep breath and stay in the same position for 1-2 minutes.
Repeat the process 4-5 times.
Benefits of Viparita Karani
It can provide relief in headache, low blood pressure, and insomnia.
Relieves tired legs and feet.
It improves your digestive system and improves sleep.
Stretch your lower back and relieve tension in the back.
7. Adho Mukha Shwanasana
It is also called downward facing dog pose. This asana is a combination of four Sanskrit words, ‘adho’ means ‘down’, ‘Mukha’ means ‘face’, ‘shwa’ means ‘dog’ and ‘asana’ means ‘yoga posture’. It provides amazing benefits if practice regularly. A very amazing yoga for headaches.
Steps to perform Adho Mukha Shwanasana
Bent on your knee and put your hands down so that your body forms a table-like structure.
Your hands should be slightly forward to your shoulder and knee directly below your hips.
Exhale and lift your hips and straight your elbow and knee to form an inverted ‘v’ shape.
Hold for a few seconds and then return to normal position (table position).
Repeat the yoga for 5-6 times.
Benefits of Adho Mukha Shwanasana
It provides strength to abdominal muscles.
Improve blood circulation to head muscles reduce stress and anxiety to calm your mind.
Improve digestion by stimulating the liver, kidney, and spleen.
Provide strength to legs and arms.
Give relief in back pain, insomnia and fatigue.
It is an intense forward bend position. This asana has amazing benefits for our bodies. This asana is done empty stomach. It is best to do it in the morning.
Steps to perform Uttanasana
Stand straight and rest your hands downward on your hips and take deep breaths.
Exhale and bend forward, folding from your hips.
Slight move down your hand to rest on the ground next to your feet.
Bend until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings.
remain in the position for 1-2 minutes.
Return your hands on your hips and slowly lift up. Repeat 4-5 times.
Benefits of Uttanasana
It improves the digestion system.
Reduce headaches due to stress and anxiety.
It stimulates the kidney and liver.
Provide good stretch to back, hips, and hamstrings.
It is also called the child pose. Balasana is a combination of two words In Sanskrit, in which bal means child and asana means pose. It is a resting pose that focuses on thigh, hips and back pain. Highly recommended that it should be performed with an empty stomach. It is good yoga for headaches.
Steps to perform Balasana
Knee down on the floor touching toes to each other.
bend forward exhaling and put your chest on your thigh.
Put your forehead on the ground and press hand on the ground with a finger pointed forward.
Arms should be stretched and balanced in front of you in line with the knee.
stay in the pose for 30 sec. to a minute. Do it 5-6 times.
Helps to reduce mental stress and anxiety.
Stretches your ankle, thigh, and hips.
It stimulates blood flow throughout the body
Reduces back and shoulders tension.
People should avoid the holding of breath during asana who is suffering from breathing problems.
Yoga practiced in the wrong manner will leave an adverse effect on the body. So, always try to perform yoga in a proper way.
People suffering from heart problems should consult a yoga instructor before performing yoga.
Always try to perform yoga with an empty stomach in the morning or evening.
Don’t do yoga in a headache that occurs due to drinking alcohol.
If possible then try to do yoga in a quiet and open area so we get fresh air.