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barita_lola2010-07-05 01:30:48 +0000 #1
Hi I just started Yoga and I love it. I have done about 8 classes within 2 1/2 weeks the only problem that I have is when I get to the floor poses I start getting a headache.

By the end class I always have a headache. I decided the last 4 classes to make sure I drink plenty of water. I hope the headaches stop soon so I can advance in my poses and feel great when I walk out. Anyone that has Yoga experience please help me with suggestions as to why this is happening. I'm not a headache person either.
Nichole2010-07-05 01:40:00 +0000 #2
Hello Barita,

Have you spoken to your teacher about your headaches? Since you've said that headaches are uncommon for you, it is most likely an alignment issue which is the easiest fix. Talk to your teacher about what is happening and ask him or her to watch your alignment. Some teachers have more confidence and skill around the art of alignment, so be patient and willing to explore what you feel in the poses you are doing.

I find that these are good alignment tools for my clients: while you're in a pose you should be able to breath fully and comfortably, swallow with ease and your mouth should be wet. Another good tool that I use is to have the client go into their normal pose, then I have them relax to about 75% in effort and range of motion. Here in this semi-relaxed position, you can more easily make adjustments to your form while keeping the body safe.

Keep us posted on what you've tried and what is working for you.

Jefferyogini2010-07-05 01:51:48 +0000 #3
Barita lola,

The above reccomendataions are from a far more expert source than I but I did have one thing ask or for you to consider.

You say you are not a "headache person" but outside of Yoga do you have any other source of intense physical activity, in a hot environment if that is where your classes are? I ask as I find that there are certain conditions that can bring these on for me all related to intense excercise and often muscle strain in the neck (I can be a tense guy!).

That may allow you to look for common variables, ie. "when it is hot and I play tennis i get a headache" etc...

I have found cooler temps, hydration, and gentle movements minimize my issues.

Good luck.

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 02:40:08 +0000 #4
Could you please outline the asana practice with precedes the headache (before the floor poses). Headaches can have a variety of sources including diet, emotion, and tension in the neck and jaw.

If your asana practice, which you will be sharing shortly, is done in such a way as to exacerbate tension in the neck muscles then that might be a culprit to look at more thoroughly.
Lars Rimböck2010-07-05 03:07:10 +0000 #5

As inner athlete wrote, it is important to know which asanas cause the pain.

Some of the asanas like for example bhujangasana can cause a lot of tension in the upper spine.

Try out keeping head neck and upper spine in one line instead of moving the chin forward it might be better.

But still it would be a help to know which asanas cause the problem the most.



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