April 08, 2013

Stop Tension Headaches

Something as simple as practicing Tadasana (Mountain Pose) can help eliminate bad postural habits and serve as a reminder to lift the head up and away from the shoulders rather than crunching it into the neck. If the head is thrust forward, gently sliding the chin toward the throat until the ears and shoulders line up will bring it into a more neutral position.

Stretching and strengthening the muscles in the upper torso can also help relieve tension in the neck and head. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose), the mainstay of hatha yoga practices, accomplishes this balance most efficiently. But although some instructors and texts (including B.K.S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga) suggest inverted asanas as part of a headache-relieving sequence, many headache sufferers find even as simple an inversion as Downward Dog uncomfortable, due to the increased sense of pressure in the head. A modified version of Downward-Facing Dog, standing with the palms on the wall and torso parallel to the floor, provides many of the same benefits without allowing the head to fall below the heart.

When a headache is at its worst, even dedicated yogis can find an intensely active practice excruciating. Relaxing, restorative postures are preferable during those times. Most important, if something creates strain, don't do it.


IN THIS ISSUE

Tadasana

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492

Adho Mukha Svanasana

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/491

Help for Headaches

http://www.yogajournal.com/health/1333


Newsletter Subscription Information

Sign Up For Daily Insight

Did a friend forward you this email? Sign up for your own free email newsletter by visiting http://www.yjnewsletters.com.


Change Your Current Email Address or Unsubscribe

Do not reply to this email to unsubscribe. You are currently subscribed as: `eMail`. Please visit Yoga Journal's Email Preferences Page to change your preferences or to unsubscribe.


Missing Issues?

Please add YogaJournal@YogaJournal.p0.com to your address book to prevent your email system from filtering our newsletters as spam.


Feedback

Please send comments about content or suggestions for how to improve this newsletter to suggestions@yogajournal.com.


Magazine Customer Service

For magazine subscription concerns such as back issues, address changes, and account status information, please visit our customer service department at http://www.yogajournal.com/magazine/customer_service.


Copyright © 2011 Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc,
an Active Interest Media company
300 Continental Boulevard, Suite 650, El Segundo, CA 90245




Yogajournal.com | Unsubscribe | Privacy Policy | Customer Service


If you are having trouble reading this email, please visit http://www.yogajournal.com/dailyinsight/yjnl_20130408.html.
Please add YogaJournal@YogaJournal.p0.com to your Email Address Book or Safe List to ensure the delivery of this newsletter to your inbox.