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Only those suffering from a migraine really understand the pain and suffering that the condition brings with it. Unfortunately, our lifestyle has made migraines an increasingly common condition. Taking prescribed medications helps curb a headache only temporarily and consuming these over a long period of time can have serious side effects.
This is where yoga comes into play. Through the combination of breathing techniques and asanas it promotes the sense of peace, calm, and wellbeing. It has no side effects and helps battle migraines effectively.
Follow the below yoga asana to reduce migraine pain and prevent the further onset of migraine attacks:
The seated forward bend pose calms the brain and relieves stress - the two major triggers of migraines. Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you. Flex the toes back towards you. Lift the spine taller, inhale, and stretch out your hands towards the sky. Then exhale and bend forwards reaching the toes. Hold the pose for 30 to 40 seconds and repeat.
Stand with body weight evenly distributed. Touch the toes, heels slightly apart. Inhale and stretch hands towards the sky. Exhale and bend forward to touch your feet. Touch the chin gently towards the chests. Relax and breathe.
To perform the upward facing dog pose, start by lying on your stomach. Place your hands beside your hips, extend and lift through the spine. Press the shoulder downwards and straighten the arms by pushing the palms into the ground. Only the feet and hands should touch the ground. Tilt your chin up and throat forward. Hold for 8 counts and release.
For the corpse pose, start by lying on your back. Feet and legs are close together. Feet fall out to the sides. Arms are away from your sides. Palms facing upwards. Close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing your entire body and resting.
Start practising these basic and simple asanas for migraine relief. Regular practice can help in preventing the further onset of migraines. Yoga is effective, and most doctors advise to take it up too.
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