Should You Avoid Yoga Practice If You're Suffering from a Headache?

Will practicing yoga during 
a painful attack help ease the pain—or make it worse?
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Will practicing yoga during 
a painful attack help ease the pain—or make it worse?
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I get frequent headaches. Will practicing yoga during a painful attack help ease the pain—or make it worse?

Unfortunately, strenuous activity can make headache symptoms worse, so it’s wise to avoid active practices when symptoms are intense. On the bad days, you might also skip Power Yoga classes, which can aggravate your headache, and instead focus on a more restorative practice. If you don’t want to leave home, consider practicing gentle, floor-based hip openers, reclining twists, and relaxing forward folds, which are especially good for headache symptoms, and allow time for a nice, long Savasana.

David Magone, Director, PranaVayu Yoga, Boston

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