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Coming back to our topic for the day – headstands. I am talking Yoga here. Yoga is a scientific system of healing that works on 3 different levels of the body -the causal, physical and subtle levels. It is an ancient system of healing, which dates back to 3000 BC. It is known to provide effective therapy to chronic conditions, which don’t respond well to conventional medications. Yoga has 8 sub-systems, each with its own benefits – Yama (5 abstentions), Niyama (5 observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (lengthening the life force through breathing), Pratyahara (abstraction), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (liberation).
Of these, two sub-systems are most beneficial and directly address migraines. They are Asana and Pranayama. Of note are Sarvang Asana (the all-inclusive body posture) and Shirsh Asana (the headstand). Both the asanas should be practiced on a daily basis. The practice should be regular and without breaks for at least a period of 2-3 months.
My advice is to learn these asanas/postures from a yoga expert before venturing on your own. Both the asanas require a while to master and done incorrectly or in a rush, could prove to be dangerous with severe outcomes for the spine, back, heart and neck.
A detailed description of the two asanas and how to perform them (photos incl) is spelt out in my book, Migraines For The Informed Woman.
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