Can Yoga Cure My Headaches?
I get headaches all the time. “Cluster headaches” is what my doctor calls them. I know that stress, lack of sleep, injuries to the body, eye strain, weather changes, menopause, allergies to certain food – any and all of these can cause headaches.
The funny thing is that I can be headache-free for months and then suddenly, without any prior warning, I get a series of really bad headaches that completely debilitate me and leave me incapable of functioning well.
Last week, during my yoga class, I happened to mention this to my instructor. Well, that was a smart move on my part – even if I didn’t know it at the time! She asked me why I hadn’t mentioned that from the beginning, when she’d asked us at our first class if we had any issues or health concerns. Good point – I’m not sure why it didn’t even cross my mind at the time. Perhaps I was focusing too much on being a “newbie” to yoga and didn’t want to draw any attention to myself.
Well – talk about enlightenment! My instructor reminded us that yoga is about self-awareness. It’s about becoming more aware of how our bodies and minds function and react to certain stimuli so that we are then able to recognize symptoms and learn to address and manage them before they escalate into severe problems.
My instructor continued by explaining that certain yoga poses and breathing exercises could go a long way towards relieving headache pains. She then took us through a series of gentle yoga poses to relax the tension in our bodies, open up our chests, and stretch our upper backs and necks. She ended with the Savasana – also known as the “corpse pose” – reminding us how essential it is for us to finish our yoga practice by breathing deeply, relaxing ourselves completely, and rejuvenating our body, mind, and spirit.
By practicing these poses regularly and learning how to breathe through the pain, she was confident that I would not only be able to get rid of my headaches but also learn how to prevent them from happening.
I’m willing to give it a try.
Does anyone else have headache problems? If so, I’d really like to hear what you do to get rid of the pain.
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