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Yoga For Migraines: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Nursing a migraine can be one of the most painful experiences. Depending on the types of symptoms you may get, it could be hard to even get out of bed. If you’re looking for some relief without taking more medication, I would suggest trying a simple and gentle yoga sequence that can reduce tension, improve circulation, and slowly make you feel better.

This practice can also be done as a preventative measure. It can be done to release anxiety, bring you back to the present moment, and bring healing energy back into your mind and body.

How to prepare for a yoga for migraines class:

  • Get cozy! Loose fitting clothing will be best for this flow.
  • Stay in bed if you can’t move to the floor. This gentle flow can be done in a chair, in bed, or on your mat.
  • If you have an oil diffuser, squeeze 3-5 drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil to fill your space. These oils can help reduce tension headaches.
  • Use your props! Props like a pillow or bolster will help you ease into a posture and provide cushioning for your head/neck.
  • Keep a warm cup of ginger turmeric tea besides you. Ginger and turmeric are amazing anti-inflammatories that could assist with the tension from the headache.
  • Consult your doctor before choosing to practice if you struggle with migraines often.


Some things you can expect to practice during a yoga for migraine class:

  • Series of gentle twists and side bends
  • Alternate nostril breathing
  • Seated folds
  • A focus on neck hygiene
  • Slow movements and longer periods of stretches
  • Temple massages, palm massages, feet massages


Practicing this swift yoga sequence is beneficial since it includes easy movement, intentional breathing, gentle massages, and meditation. Including this trio can bring balance and harmony to the mind and body. You may start to feel relief a few hours after the practice is complete.

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