Got a splitting migraine? Don’t reach for the painkillers just yet… try out the natural route with yoga! Here are 6 yoga poses for migraine relief.
Yoga Poses for Migraines
Wide Legged Forward Bend
Stand with your feet placed 3-4 feet apart, and hinge your torso forward at the hips. “Roll” your spine down and rest your hands on the floor, letting your neck & head relax.
Standing Forward Bend
Stand with your feet together, and bend over, “rolling” your spine down as you reach towards the floor. Let your neck relax and your head hang.
Stand with your feet together, hinge forward at the hips, and bend your knees so that your palms are flat on the floor (if they aren’t already). Shift your weight so that your arms are supporting you as you hop or walk your legs back. Use your hands to push your body back towards your heels until you feel a stretch throughout your back and legs
Upward Facing Dog
Starting from Four Limbed Staff Pose, push upwards with your arms, keeping your shoulders down & back, and your chest open. Your only points of contact with the ground should be the top of your feet, and the palms of your hands. Your knees & hips should be lifted off the ground (the main difference from Cobra Pose).
Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-width apart. Space your feet and hands so that you can lightly brush your heels with your fingertips. Push your pelvis up, allowing your shoulders to rotate underneath you so you are resting on your shoulder blades, not your neck.
Sit with your knees slightly apart and folded underneath your body, then lean forward to rest your forehead on the ground.