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The Secret Benefit of Yoga

Friday, September 14, 2012

Author: 
Courtney Eaton
Friday, September 14, 2012

           Adamr

Many people suffer through migraines all the time. Some can last for more than a couple days. That is a long time to be in constant pain! They can be caused by numerous factors that differ from person to person. For many, migraines can be caused by stress. A study was done by Dr. P. J. John in 2007 that showed yoga to be a great stress releaser which is what makes it great for preventing and relieving migraines caused by stress.   Listed below are some poses that will help prevent migraines by clearing your mind of everything while stretching, breathing calmly and relaxing. Have fun with it! Grab some friends and do it in your dorm room or in the living room. Or if that is too distracting, do it alone in a quiet place like in the woods or in your room. Hold them both for ten to twenty seconds.

  • Wide-legged forward bend: Stand with your legs far enough apart that you can touch your hands to the ground. Then bend your elbows and place your forehead on the floor in between your hands. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Downward dog: On your hands and knees, push your bum towards the ceiling to create an upside-down “V” and press your heels and palms into the floor. Then go back to your hands and knees. Repetition with this pose is recommended.
  • Extended puppy pose: On your hands and knees, straighten your arms, arc your back and place your forehead on the floor. Be sure your bum is still in the air. Don’t forget to breathe!

There are a few poses aimed to relax your mind and like the preventative poses, they empty your mind to reduce the stress that may be causing your migraine. These restorative poses are relatively simple and can all be done on a bed. Hold them all for up to ten minutes.   

  • Reclining bound angle:  Make a diamond with your legs by bring the soles of your feet together. You may rest pillows under your knees if this is uncomfortable. Lie back and place your hands on your belly. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Legs up the wall pose: Lie on your back a few inches from the wall. Bring both of your legs up towards the ceiling and rest them on the wall. Breathe.
  • Corpse pose: This is a pretty basic pose. Lie flat on your back with your hands relaxed besides you. Breathe calmly. Clear your mind. This would be a good one to fall asleep to in your bed when you have a migraine or just cannot sleep.

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