A study on yoga for migraineurs demonstrated reduced frequency and intensity of migraines, and the participants agreed it "greatly improved my clinical condition."
More specifically, participants experienced a reduction in their sympathetic nervous system activity and an improvement in the function of their Vagus nerve. Our sympathetic nervous system controls our fight or flight reactions - so a reduction in this system means LESS STRESS, which for most of us means less migraines!
Our Vagus nerve starts at the brain stem (where migraines start) and is instrumental in so many functions within our bodies including regulating inflammation, digestion, and calming down after being stressed.
The Vagus nerve is so important to migraine and overall health that I dedicated a Facebook Live discussion to it. Check it out HERE. But first, explore some yoga and enjoy the nourishing benefits that lie within you - just by moving your body and connecting to your breath.
Below are links to some of our favorite practices. Namaste.
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Yoga for During a Migraine, Sleep & Relaxation
If your migraines give you tummy trouble, this practice is for you! Whenever my tummy needs a little extra support - this is my go-to practice. Since it is Yin Yoga, the poses are held for a few minutes and you can breathe and relax into each pose. Relax and send healing and loving thoughts to your tummy.
Yin Yoga for Digestion
Yin Yoga for Sleep
Be ready to catch some zzzz's after this practice! I love this practice and how relaxing it is. On my FB and Instagram live session where I talked about yoga, I mentioned this video. Towards the beginning, she guides you through a breathing exercise which helps calm your nervous system. Hope this helps you get the rest you need. <3
Yin Yoga for Relaxation
Yin Yoga is a practice that focuses on the breath and holds poses for extended periods of time in order to improve mobility and flexibility. I love doing this practice before bed, when I'm feeling anxious, or if I just want a nurturing sequence. Put on your comfy clothes and melt into these poses.
Yin Yoga for Upper Back Knots
I don't know about you, but my neck gets stiff and tight after a migraine! Even days after a migraine, I can be carrying around that tension. This little practice helps ease some of the tension left over from the migraine. And if you feel your neck and shoulders tightening at the beginning of a migraine, maybe try this practice! Here's to a happy and healthy neck and shoulders!
Yoga to Cure Headache
This quick sequence is calming and helpful at the beginning of a headache. It begins with a face massage, so break out your Zen Nectar with that part! You can even do it a couple times if you're needing some extra self love. Enjoy!
Yoga for Headaches & Migraine Relief
From Video Description: "I personally find that no headache is the same and sometimes yoga helps and sometimes it doesn't. Whenever I've been able to relieve headaches and migraines with yoga it was by doing these easy poses and more importantly the alternate nostril breath! Neck stretches are also wonderful for this. The key is to take it easy, breathe deeply and relax any muscles that don't need to work. A lot of headaches come from too much intensity and tension in our bodies so we need to learn to slow down and rest. This is a simple 15 minute sequence with no props necessary. Hope you enjoy it :)"
Restorative Yoga Sequence
In need of some rest and relaxation? If so, then put on some comfy clothes, get some pillows, and play this video. It begins with a face massage - so if you have a migriane, get some peppermint essential oils or your Zen Nectar and settle in.
You can thank me later. ;)
Meditative breathing & yoga for headache
Try this nurturing yoga practice when you have a headache and be sure to focus on your breathing. Yoga is an amazing tool for healing and with regular practice we can even begin to prevent the aches before they take over. Reduce stress and relieve tension with this practice. Reduce the intake of pain killers with a healing yoga approach. This practice is great even if you don't have a headache and perfect on a day off or when you need to take it easy. It will lighten your load, improve circulation and bring grounding energy to your busy week. Find balance and ease and soothe your sweet head.
Intro to Yin Yoga
An at home beginners Yin Yoga practice. In this session we use things that you might have around the house to support, find comfort and restore. Grab a blanket and a pillow and set aside 30 minutes for yourself. Listen to the sound of your breath and enjoy!
Yoga for when you're angry
It happens. Wires get crossed. You feel disrespected. Misunderstood. You get upset. TRY - Yoga For When You're Angry! This video uses pranayama or breath technique, asana, humor and love to tackle feeling the bad vibes and help create space for understanding, forgiveness and sanity. Great techniques for stress relief and time management too! Heal your life with the tools of Yoga.
Quick stress fix - 5 minute sequence
Here is a quick and easy yoga video to make feel good. This is a great little sequence to stretch the body and relieve any stress or tension. It is sure to re-connect you to your body and perhaps lift you up if you are feeling down. It is a great thing to do after work (or maybe before an interview) as you transition from your busy day to your evening. Take a moment to find what feels good! Smile! Practice self love.
Yoga for when you're SICK
A gentle restorative yoga practice for when you are sick. Hope this helps and you feel better soon!