Yoga for migraine: Yoga poses that may help manage the pain

Yoga can provide relief from pain

For commoners, migraine might be just another type of headache, but for the one suffering from it, it is nothing less than a nightmare. The throbbing pain often felt on one side of the head can be really difficult to handle. Migraine is often accompanied by nausea, blurred vision, or ultrasensitivity to smells, light, or sounds. Unlike a normal headache, it does not go away after a while. Rather, episodes of migraines can last for hours and sometimes a person might take days to feel alright.

While there are plenty of different medications that can provide relief from the intense pain of migraine, researchers have found out that some home remedies like yoga can help manage the pain.

The study

According to a study published in the journal Neurology, performing yoga when suffering from migraine can help to provide relief from the intense pain. For the study, the researchers closely monitored 114 adults dealing with episodic migraines over the course of three months. In the beginning, the participants were asked to log down their migraine-related details in a journal.

After some time, they were divided into two groups- one was asked to take medication and the other group took the medication and started practicing yoga. The second group performed yoga exercises which involved meditation and breathing. After a period of three months, all the participants who performed yoga daily experienced a decrease in the frequency and intensity of their migraines.

Not only this, but they also reduced the number of migraine pills they were taking on an average.

How yoga helps

We all know there is no absolute cure for migraine. You can only rely on medications and make some healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the symptoms. Migraines are often triggered by different things and stress is one of them. Practising yoga helps to manage stress level, thereby reducing the symptoms.

Here are the best yoga asanas that you can try:

​Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

How to do it:

Step 1: Sit on the ground in a cross-legged position (legs tucked one above the other) with spine straight.

Step 2: Bring both your hands in Gyan mudra (join the head of your thumb and index finger to make a small circle) and place them on your knees.

Step 3: Breathe in and out while holding this pose for a few minutes. Repeat this asana with the other leg on top.

​Balasana (Child’s Pose)

How to do it:

Step 1: Kneel on the yoga mat with the base of your feet facing up towards the ceiling. Your hands should be placed by your side.

Step 2: Keep your toes together and knees slightly apart from each other.

Step 2: Breathe out and at the same time lower your torso forward, resting your belly on your thighs.

Step 3: Your head should be touching the mat. Now stretch both of your hands in front of you to touch the mat.

Step 4: Pause for 4-5 breaths and then come back to the starting position.

​Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

How to do it:

Step 1: Lie down comfortably on your back and close your eyes.

Step 2: Your hands and legs should be wide apart from each other and in a relaxed pose.

Step 3: Breathe in slowly through the nostrils and draw attention to every part of your body starting from your toes.

Step 4: Breathe out and relax.