Article by Basavaraj Gollar
Headache has emerged as one of the most disturbing and notorious forms of pain that a man can face. Research studies state that 1 in 7 people suffer from a Migraine (a type of headache) making it the third most common disease in the world.
A common health issue that the present generation faces is a headache. About half the population is said to have had a headache at least once a year. The effect of a headache is not only painful but can also be disabling. It can disrupt your day and make you incapable of focussing on work or rip you off your ability to think. Headache comes with its types, with the most common one being a migraine. A pounding headache or a migraine attack can last somewhere around 2 hours to a couple of days. It causes sleepless nights, restlessness and also irritability. If you aren’t too fond of popping a pill for headaches, worry not! Yoga has the answer for various ailments. It is always recommended to go the natural way, at least for smaller ailments like headaches, where pills may not be the need of the hour unless recommended by a doctor. Here are a few asanas to help you fight that battle within your head!
Stiff necks are one of the primary reasons for headaches. This simple yoga exercise can be done anywhere and is a quick fix for mild headaches. Sit or stand in a comfortable position with your spine upright and place your left hand on the right side of your forehead and gently tilt your head to the left and vice versa. Keep switching positions for a while until you feel the intensity of the headache has reduced.
Another reason for headaches could be the lack of blood flow to the brain. Hastapadasana or the standing forward bend pose helps in regulating blood flow to your brain, easing the pain and also making your head calm. The asana is simple and easy to do. Stand upright and lift your hands, slowly bend down and touch the hands on the ground. Hold the pose for a few seconds and breathe normally, and repeat the process.
Balasana or the child pose is another asana that helps reduce headaches. It helps calm down the nervous system and eases the pain.
Sit on your knees, with your hips touching the heels, and bend your upper body while touching your forehead on the floor. Taking gentle breaths, and your chest between the knees, hold the posture for 2 to 3 minutes like a child in the mother’s womb.
The very basic asana, Padmasana or commonly known as the lotus pose helps in regulating breathing, improving the flow of oxygen to the brain and relieves headaches. Be seated with your legs crossed, one leg on the other, hands on the thigh, like a lotus flower in a pond. Focus on your breath, with your eyes closed.
Shavasana or the corpse pose sounds easy but it is a hard one to master.
Lie down with your hands placed next to your body. Close your eyes and bring in focus to every part of your body, relaxing them one by one. Bring stillness to your mind and regularise your breathing. This asana puts your body and mind in a meditative state, relaxing your nervous system and ridding you of headaches.
So, next time when the notorious pain attacks you, try these simple poses and breathe a new lease of freshness!