A Headache After Yoga – It's Preventable
A yoga session is meant to relax your mind and body. At the same time, it's meant to help center your spirit as well. So, why do some people find themselves having a headache after yoga? Don't think that you're alone in this. Many people experience headaches after different forms of yoga.
In this article, we're going to explore a few of the things that cause a headache after yoga. We'll also look at a few easy lifestyle tweaks that you can implement to prevent this from happening to you.
Simple suggestions to avoid a headache after yoga:
- Adequate hydration
- Limit caffeine
- Optimal nutritional intake
- Practice patience & proper alignment
- Muscle tension relief
Solutions for a Headache After Yoga:
1. Adequate hydration
First and foremost, you should be sure to hydrate before and after a yoga session. It doesn't matter what type of yoga you're doing. The fact is that many styles of yoga are forms of quite strenuous physical activity which create a lot of perspiration and thus water loss. Headaches will happen when you place an intense physical demand on your body. Not having enough water will simply make it worse. According to Healthline, dehydration is the number one cause that a person might get a headache from yoga.
2. Limit caffeine
We all love a nice cup of coffee, don't we? Still, we should be careful with it on days when we know we have a yoga session in the coming hours.
No matter how high your tolerance is for caffeine, too much of it can still trigger a headache. Flush your body with water after your beloved morning cup of joe, or wait until after your yoga session and enjoy it then. Also, as mentioned before, pay attention to your hydration. Caffeine is a diuretic that encourages your body to let go of its water. So, you should make up for any caffeine intake by drinking enough water as well!
3. Optimal nutritional intake
If you're an active yoga practitioner, monitoring and optimizing your overall nutrition and blood sugar levels are both important. Low blood sugar can be dangerous if you're practicing yoga, and it can also lead to a headache. As can mineral loss due to excessive perspiration. Be sure to take care of that body that is working so hard for you from the inside out! Always replenish and nourish your body after yoga.
4. Practice patience & proper alignment
How long have you been doing yoga? If you've just picked it up recently, ease into it and know that you'll get there! This is especially true if you're doing something like inversions where you’re getting a lot of blood flow to your head if you’re not used to that. With inversions like headstand, proper alignment is key to not be dumping too much weight into the neck and head. Yoga Journal elaborates on this stating that improper alignment in headstand can cause compression of the neck and restrict blood flow to the head, possibly causing a headache during asana.
5. Muscle tension relief
Tense neck and shoulder muscles in themselves can cause a headache. Consider a lengthy stretch session before you jump into that Vinyasa class. Arrive early, breathe into your stretches, work the tension out of your neck and shoulders before beginning the class. This can be done in various ways – properly executed shoulder to shoulder chin to chest neck rolls is a stretch that once learned how to do properly is a game-changer for neck tension.
Use the tips mentioned above, while at the same time taking things a little easier. We should always remember that its important to be patient and understanding with our bodies when we're trying to pursue a healthy yoga lifestyle.
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