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The next time you have a headache or a tummy ache, don’t pop a pill – do these simple asanas instead. They will have you feeling better in no time!
If you have a headache, sit in Legs-Up-The-Wall pose. It will slow down your heart rate, calm your mind and cure your headache in minutes. You can also practice this pose if you’re not getting sleep at night.
How to do it: Lie on the floor next to a wall, then exhale and swing your legs up on to the wall. Stay there as long as you like, and come down gently when you’re done. You can keep a pillow under your back or neck if you need support.
This yoga pose relieves gas in minutes! It’s actually called Pawanmuktasana, or Wind-Relieving Pose. Wind = gas, by the way.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your feet together. As you exhale, bring your right knee towards you, and clasp it with both your hands, pressing your thigh into your chest. Breathe in, then as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your knee. Stay there, taking deep breaths in and out. When you want to release the pose, exhale and tighten your hands, putting more pressure on your chest, and then loosen your grip and relax. Repeat with your left leg, and then with both legs together.
3. Back and shoulder ache
If you sit at the computer all day, do this Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) at the end of the day to relieve the tension in your back and shoulders. It will also help improve your posture.
How to do it: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Drop your head forward, and fold your body downward, bending your knees as you do so. Lace your fingers together behind your back, and then let them fall forward, above your head, so that they stretch your shoulder and back muscles.