Do You Suffer From Migraines?

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What does it feel like?
Migraines commonly cause throbbing, pulsing or pressure in one area of your head, commonly paired with extreme sensitivity to light & sound and even nausea or vomiting. These types of headaches last hours or even days. Often they are so severe that productivity is minimized causing you to only want to close your eyes in a dark, cool, quiet place. Migraines, for some, are preceded by sensory warning symptoms (aura). These warnings are flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.

What causes it?
Tension is one of the largest causes of migraines and often, pressure headaches can turn into migraines if overlooked long enough.  Lack of sleep can cause these headaches, as well as certain foods.

How can I fix it?
Medication such as Advil for Migraine, a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep, a cold compress or pressure point massage can help with migraines.

The pressure points to massage for your migraines are your temple, inside ends of your eyebrows, above your forehead, base of skull and hands.

If specific treatments haven’t worked in the past, go to your doctor and ask about trying different migraine headache medications. Medicines, combined with at home remedies and lifestyle change, may make a great difference.

To prevent migraines, avoid smoking and certain foods. Foods high in tyramine (such as sharp cheeses) or those containing sulphites (wines) or nitrates (nuts, pressed meats).

Image from: http://www.mybraintest.org/chronic-migraine-headache-symptoms-causes/

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Yoga Warriors

Virabhadrasana II

Meet Alicia, she is practicing Warrior II by the San Francisco Bay! 

Virabhadra is the name of a warrior incarnation of Shiva. Described wearing a tiger’s skin with 1000 heads, eyes & feet. Also wielding a thousand clubs. Warrior improves legs muscles, hips strength & placement, back muscles, and shoulders.

“Learning to do the Warrior pose series safely and correctly is a major stepping-stone in your yoga practice”, says Seane Corn, a YogaLife advisor who teaches at Sacred Movement in Santa Monica, California, “because you’ll notice similar movements showing up in thousands of other yoga poses.”

To start this pose, begin in the traditional Downward Facing Dog.

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Now inhale while you bring your right foot forward (next to your right hand) as you come into a lunge. Ensure that your toes are in-line with your fingertips (as Alicia’s are). Pivot on the ball of your left foot and drop your left heel down to touch the earth. Finally exhale while opening both arms and pulling the left hip back.

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” – Mother Theresa

If My Soul Was Planted, What Would It Grow?

Vriksha Asana

Meet Shannen! She is at the Marin Headlands practicing Tree pose.

Tree is a balancing pose. It does not require much muscular strength but does help to strengthen various parts of the body. It strengthens your back, core, ankles, calves and thighs, while flexibility is improved in the hips and groin. This pose also is great for improving concentration and for meditation.

Start in Mountain Pose, or Tadasana.

Exhale, place one foot on the inner thigh of the alternate leg as close to the groin area as possible (toes pointing downward).  Inhale, with your core strong, stretch your arms sideways to form a T with your body, ensuring your palms are facing down. Exhale while brining your palms together into prayer position. Now raise your arms overhead, keeping your palms together in prayer position. To maintain balance, focus your attention on one point in front of you and keep breathing through your belly. 

Something to focus on while in this pose is:

If my soul was planted, what would it grow?


Breathe, Laugh, Be Safe!

Sukhasana

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Meet my sister. Please don’t do yoga in the street like her! It is very dangerous. This image was taken with extreme caution and safety. 

To start this section, I decided to post one of the easiest poses.

Sukhasana (Easy Pose) is a pose for relaxation and Meditation. It helps create inner calmness and straightens the spine & opens the hips when done correctly.

To do Sukhasna sit on the floor, a Yoga Mat or padded blanket. Cross your legs, placing your feet below your knees, keeping in mind that it is helpful to alternate which leg is on top if done regularly. Now place your hands on your knees. Remember to keep your head and body straight and your core strong. 

Meditating is difficult at first and many find it helpful to have a saying or idea to focus on. Here is one of my favorites to focus on while in this pose. Found in The Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller. It is…

“I am balanced, calm, and serene.” 

If you are interested in The Yoga Deck, here is the link! I find it very helpful. http://www.ohmworks.com/yogadeck.html