7 Best Yoga Poses for Headache


Don’t let a nagging headache get in your way of a healthy, fun, and fulfilling life.

Though headaches are not life-threatening in most cases, they have the enormous ability to tarnish the sufferer’s life quality severely. More often or not, the pounding head makes us feel infuriated, sad, and discouraged desperately begging for relief.

Fortunately, a subtle science of longevity, Yoga significantly alters headaches, migraines and enhances years of living. The art of yoga employs the tool of yoga postures designed to release tension from the body and mind. Improper blood circulation to the brain results in throbbing pain in the head. The body movement in different directions while performing the various asanas stretch, open up the neck, shoulder areas and amplify the blood circulation to the brain. The conscious effort to breathe during the performance of yoga poses circulates the oxygen to the body providing relief from a headache.

Relax the body and mind with these seven excellent yoga poses for headache:

1. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana): A good practice to indulge in for soothing the headaches stemming from a backache. The pose instills a sense of calmness and eases the back.

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

How to do: Lie on the back. Hold onto the feet and lift the legs up in the air. Keep the knees close to your armpits and thighs as wide as possible. Try to increase the stretch in the hips and lower back.

2. Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana): A basic and effective way to get rid of a headache. The pose invigorates the mind.

Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana):

How to do: Stand straight on the floor. Hinge down from the hips while relaxing the forehead, nose, and chest toward the ground. Grab the opposite elbows or rest the hands on the back of the calves. Breathe calmly and relax the mind.

3. Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani): The pose relaxes the neck and relieves stress.

Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

How to do: Sit facing a wall. Slowly lean back with your neck and shoulders relaxing on the ground or on a pillow. Raise the legs up the wall and let your hips make a close contact with the wall. Open your arms to the sides. Let your whole body relax.

4. Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana shishosana): Calm your mind in an extended puppy pose.

Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana shishosana)

How to do: Come on your fours. Stretch your arms a few inches forward and tuck your toes under. Exhale, move the hips slightly towards your heels and lengthen the spine. Rest the forehead on the ground. Feel the stretch in your body.

5. Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana): A therapeutic pose for a headache and tiredness. Restore your heroic valour with this pose.

Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana)

How to do: Begin in hero pose (Virasana). Lower your back torso towards the floor. Begin leaning on your hands, then forearms, elbows and finally recline on the floor. Lay the arms on the floor approximately at 45 degrees from the sides of the torso, palms up. Deeply relax the head on the ground.

6. Plow Pose (Halasana): An energizing movement for the body and mind.

Plow Pose (Halasana)

How to do: Perform Sarvangasana(shoulder stand pose). Exhale, lift the hips off the yoga mat and lower the toes above and beyond the head. Keep the legs fully extended and torso perpendicular to the floor. Your heels should be lifted up from the ground. Press the palms into the yoga mat.

7. Head-to-Knee-Pose (Janu Sirsasana): Beneficial for all levels of yoga practitioners, this pose relieves mild depression.

Head-to-Knee-Pose (Janu Sirsasana)

How to do: Sit on the ground in the Staff position. Bend the knee of one leg and draw the heel towards the perineum. The sole of the folded leg should rest on the inner thigh of the other leg. Rotate the torso towards the left side. Bend forward from the groins and feel comfortable in the forward fold. Clasp the palms around the foot of the extended leg.

Start your day right with a regular practice of these yoga postures for headache.

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