Yoga not only provides relief for the pain and cause of headaches, but can also prevent headaches from occurring in the future. Most headaches are due to stress and tension held in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. When these muscles are continuously contracted, they constrict the flow of blood, oxygen and prana (energy) to the head. For tension headaches, Twisting Poses & Shoulder Openers and Calming Restorative Poses will be the most beneficial. Use side bending poses if your headache is located behind the eyes or at the top or sides of the head. Use hip opening poses if the headache is located at the forehead or temples. Use back bending poses if your headache is located at the back of the head or throughout the whole head.
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