While I am certainly no doctor, I feel like an unfortunate expert on migraine headaches as I have suffered from them for over 10 years. I have tried many different methods of pain relief and prevention. I’m hot on the path to wellness thanks to a great new doctor but I can say with conviction that there is little worse than a migraine. Sufferers are likely to try anything to ease the pain of a migraine, and if one soul finds these poses to be soothing, as they have been for me, then it was a post written with a good purpose. I can’t say that regular practice can or will “cure” anyone of a migraine but yoga can aid in general relaxation and better sleep, which contributes to overall wellness. Personally, I found that yoga led to better sleep which removed one of the many migraine triggers from the lineup.
Those with tight or sensitive necks, tension headaches, and anxiety can also benefit from these poses, as can anyone wishing to gently unwind. They can be done daily as a preventative measure, or at the onset of a headache (which is when I always try to do them) and/or before bedtime. Do the poses gently and slowly, and stop if your head hurts more.
Here’s the sequence:
Seated twist: Begin in a cross-legged position and draw tall through the crown of the head. Twist your upper body to the right, using your right fingertips on the floor to help you twist a bit farther. Keep your chin tucked into your throat, or gaze over your right shoulder. Repeat on the other side.