Yoga Poses for Migraine Relief

Yoga Poses for Migraine Relief

Migraines can turn your world into a storm, leaving you seeking shelter from the relentless ache. But this is where the magic of yoga unfolds. Maybe you want to forget harsh medications, stiff pills, and hushed rooms. Why not try to step onto the mat and embark on a journey of mindful breaths and gentle stretches, designed to untangle the tension, soothe the storm, and leave you feeling like your head’s rediscovered its own gentle sway. Let’s begin!

Yoga for Migraine

If you live with migraine headaches, you may be eager to find forms of exercise that don’t trigger or worsen your pain. Ideally, they might even make you feel better. One good, research-backed option is yoga. This mind-body practice involves poses, deep breathing, and meditation. All have been shown to relieve stress, a common cause of migraine.While yoga isn’t a substitute for medicine, it can be a helpful add-on. In fact, a 2020 study published in the medical journal Neurology found that people with migraine who did yoga for 3 months reported fewer and less intense headaches than those who just took medications. They were even able to cut back to about half their usual dose of migraine medicine.But not all yoga is created equal when it comes to migraine. Certain types of yoga and poses are better for your head-splitters than others.
If you’ve never tried yoga before, it’s a good idea to start with a class, rather than do an online video. That way, you can let your yoga teacher know ahead of time that you have migraines, and they can suggest alternative postures if necessary.
Avoid classes that involve heat (“hot yoga”), are intense, or require postures that feel hard to you. These may trigger a migraine, especially if you’re not used to them. Before scheduling a class, ask the instructor or studio if they use scented candles or loud music, which could trigger a headache for some people.Look for a form of yoga that includes a lot of deep breathing and meditation. Three types seem particularly helpful for people with migraine:
  • Hatha yoga. This form of gentle yoga focuses on breathing. It involves lots of stretches, especially of the upper body and neck, areas where many people with migraine hold tension.
  • Restorative yoga. In this type of yoga, you use props such as blankets, mats, or blocks. That allows you to hold poses longer, which can help you relax more deeply.
  • Yoga nidra. This type, which is similar to meditation, can be helpful for days when you’re in pain. In yoga nidra, you lie down and move into a deep state of relaxation with awareness. This helps calm your sympathetic nervous system, particularly the “fight-or-flight” response that activates when you’re in pain.

Start your journey towards a migraine-free future – one mindful breath at a time. Start your yoga classes today at ABC Fit Studio. Call us at (949) 305-3310 and visit our Instagram @abc_fitstudio for inspiration and community.

Reference: [https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/migraine-yoga]


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