Got a Headache?

Got a Headache?

Got a Headache?

This morning I woke up with the WORST headache.  It started on my upper back and grew up my neck.  Every time I moved it hurt and I really didn’t want to do yoga.  I made myself go into the yoga room and this is what I did (click the pose names to view a picture in case you aren’t sure):

  • several rounds of cat and dog tilt— when I moved into cat tilt, I squeezed my upper arms together as much as possible to arch my back as high as I could
  • seated position with eagle arms—  after I crossed my arms, I raised my elbows and moved my hands away from my face until I felt the stretch
  • seated position and move my ear toward my shoulder– this is a really simple stretch, but so effective- just let your ear hang heavy toward your shoulder and tuck your chin until you feel a stretch
  • cobbler’s pose / butterfly pose— when forward folding I rounded my back as much as possible and tucked my chin to my chest
  • down dog
  • seated meditation

After doing these poses with deep breathing I took a hot shower and coated my back with muscle rub (similar to tiger balm).  Although the kids told me they didn’t like the way I smelled, I was better within an hour.  Thank goodness for yoga!

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Elizabeth Delaney