Yoga asanas to beat tension headaches

When you are suffering from constant headaches and tensions, there is no better substitute than yoga. For so many years, yoga has proved to be a miraculous cure for many diseases. If you are looking for some remedies to get rid of your tensions, this article is going to be of immense help to you. Follow the poses, that are mainly focused on your neck, back and legs to ease tension that usually causes headaches, as described in the article and you can take it for granted that you can get rid of all tension headaches.

Tadasna or mountain pose

The way you stand decides your natural alignment. Standing properly is the basic element of any yoga asana. You must understand what is the correct alignment. For this, I suggest you take the help of a wall to stand up right. When you understand the correct alignment, practice standing in the center of the room.

Put your feet together and place yourself with your back facing the wall. If you are not comfortable with this posture, space your feet three or four inches apart. Fix your feet to the ground in such a way that your feet can feel the ground completely. Make sure that your body weight is distributed uniformly to both the legs. Move in all possible directions to place yourself in the most comfortable and balanced position. The toes must be spread apart and the arch of the foot should be raised. If you are finding it difficult to do, give yourself sometime as your feet placement is very essential in deciding the efficiency of your efforts.

When you are ready in this position, pull your pubic bone and tailbone. Do not flatten your lumbar curve, make sure there is enough space between your legs and wall. Concentrate on the area below your navel inside the belly as this is the center point where your energy is to be concentrated. Lift your torso up and then drop your shoulders in steps. Open your chest and then move your shoulder blades into your torso. Let your head reach up, and your chin be dropped without tightening your throat. See that your eyes are always focused on the horizon. Ease the tension on your face and neck and do not forget to place your back and shoulders towards the wall. Focus on the area below your navel and not anywhere else. Using the wall to the maximum possible extent will surely help you correcting your posture.

While you are just about to exhale, raise your arms towards the ceiling by placing your elbows behind your ears . Now stretch your little finger side of the hand as you connect that finger to the little tow and then into the ground. The feet must be grounded at all instances, otherwise all your efforts would be futile. You will have to see that movement of hands do not cause tension in the neck. When you stretch your hands and bring the tips of your shoulder blades into the torso, hold your breath and exhale for effective result.


This yoga posture will improve your flexibility as well. In this asana, you should move a few paces away from the wall as you clasp your elbows firmly with your hands, placed behind your back. Inhale freely. When you are about to exhale, roll your arms towards the wall and flex your chest between your shoulders and sternum, relaxing your muscles. See that they don’t just project forward. Grounding your feet and focusing on the center must not be forgotten. On exhalation, relax yourself: your jaws, tongue and every muscle. Change the arm on the top and repeat the procedure.

The cobra

The first thing you should be doing in this asans is to lie down with your hands, palms placed down beside your chest. The best step is to thrust your chest to the maximum possible extent such that your arms are fully extended. Bend your head such that your focus is on the horizon, looking at the ceiling. This position will relieve your neck and back, thus relieving the headaches caused by lack of activity.

Standing forward bend

This is quite an easy asana provided you are very flexible and elastic. The first step is to stand in upright position as described in the first asana, using the wall. Try to reach your feet with your hands by leaning your chest forward and finally try reaching the knees with your forehead. Care must be taken by patients with hypertension, as they might feel giddy while doing this posture. So try not to over do. This posture will help you relax your legs and thighs and also your upper back.

The head stand

This posture requires a lot of practice and expertise to execute perfectly. Beginners should not perform this posture for more than half a minute. In this posture you create a triangular design by placing your elbows on the ground and interlacing your fingers and then placing your head in between you elbows and hands. To help your balance, you can place your head in your hands as well. If you master this pose, you will feel a major relief in your back. The last and the crucial part of this posture is to thrust your legs in the year until you are standing on your head. This will help you to relieve all your tension as the blood flows into your brain.

The shoulder stand

First, place your back on the ground and put your arms beside your body. Thrust your legs into the air with the support of your arms in such a way that your body is leaning on your upper back. Lean your elbows to support your arms. This posture will ease the tension in your shoulders.

Wind relieving yoga pose

This pose is called pavanmuktasan. In this posture, the first step is to lie down on a yoga mat and raise your right knee. Then enfold your hands around your right knee and raise your head towards the knee. Now repeat the same procedure with your left knee. While you are practicing this pose, you should resist your tendency to raise your lower back. This will help you release toxic materials from your abdomen region and also provide relief to your back.

The bow

Grabbing your feet after you lie down on the yoga mat on your stomach constitutes the major part of this pose. Stretch your body in such a manner that your entire body is balancing on your abdomen region. Remain in this position till you feel exhausted. This pose will ease your back and shoulders and thus help you to get relieved from tensions and headaches caused due to neural problems.

Supta baddha konasana

When you feel the first signs of tension and headache, trying this pose will provide immense relief. It opens your chest and relaxes your neck. Cover your eyes with a piece of cloth or close your eyes for best results. Lie down on a yoga mat. The mat should come directly in contact with the lower back. If you have trouble doing that, provide an additional support like a blanket or a bed sheet. The chin should be left free to ensure that there is no elongation of neck muscles. Bring the feet together by placing your soles firmly fixed to the ground. If you find this uncomfortable, try using an additional piece of cloth or a blanket to place your feet in position. Try various positions with the support until you arrive at a particular comfortable position. Inhale slowly. Relax your facial muscles. To come out of the pose, put the soles of the feet on the ground with the knees bent and roll to the side. Never try this if you are diagnosed with spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

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