Tension headaches are the most common headaches among adults. Practicing yoga for tension headache at the first sign of trouble can nip it in the bud. Tension headaches are often caused by tight muscles in the neck and scalp, and are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal stress. These yoga poses can both ease tight muscles and lessen stress!
Yoga for Tension Headache: Natural Relief!
Headaches are no fun, and most people get them from time to time. Others get them to an extreme or on a daily basis. While Tylenol or other medications may take away the pain, I am in favor of using yoga poses before turning to pills. Yoga is a great way to halt headaches, and these five poses (asanas) are excellent for stretching the areas, such as the neck, shoulders and back that can become tight and cause headaches.
Next time you have a headache, try one or all of these yoga poses before reaching for the pain pills.
#1 Seated Neck Release
“Oh, you pain in the neck!” You’ve heard the expression, but sometimes headaches really can be caused by neck pain. If that is the case, the seated neck release will loosen this area and alleviate aches. [photo above]
Instructions for Seated Neck Release (shown above). Sit in a comfortable position. Place your right hand on the left side of your head and gently tilt your head to the right. Don’t use too much pressure. Hold for a moment while breathing deeply, then switch sides. Repeat on both sides once again.
Like Yahoo’s writer, Rebecca Bardelli, I’m no fan of medications. I love practicing yoga for tension headache relief! I hope you’ll try it and find relief too.