Almost everyone, at one time or another, has suffered through the affliction of a painful, throbbing, or disabling headache. We can't always avoid them, but oftentimes we can relieve the problematic symptoms as soon as they start. And we can do that in a healthy and natural way: For ages, yoga has been known to cure a number of ailments, including headaches!
As an author, I spend several hours per day in front of the computer. The combination of staring at the bright screen and the intense concentration required for composing books and articles is the perfect recipe for eye strain and a pulsating skull. To counteract and address this constant threat, I have designed a simple yoga sequence that is the perfect prescription for curbing a headache before it gets too out of control.
To banish throbbing head pain, it is vital to calm down, deepen the breath, and reverse the blood flow in the body. Yoga poses that encourage you to turn inward, like child’s pose, or turn upside down, like in a standing forward fold, are the keys to relieving tension buildup. Deep breathing instantly calms the body. When you practice inversions and place your head below your heart, you begin to reverse the flow of the blood in the body. Combining calming deep breaths with yoga postures that are designed to flood your head, neck, and shoulders with freshly oxygenated blood is practically guaranteed to provide you with relief.
Instead of reaching for that bottle of Advil the next time you feel a headache coming on, try this yoga sequence instead.