Vertigo is more of a sensation of lightheadedness. It may seem like things around you are swirling or you are moving when you are not. Yoga is frequently suggested as a supplemental therapy for managing lightheadedness, especially when it is connected to problems such as inner ear issues or stress. Below are some yoga poses that can assist with lightheadedness.
During a vertigo attack, discovering relief can be as simple as lying calmly in a dim room, which may help to alleviate queasiness and spinning sensations. Yoga can also assist in enhancing overall well-being, minimizing stress and improving equilibrium as well as body awareness, according to yoga and wellness coach Shivani Bajwa.
Here are some methods in which yoga may be advantageous for handling lightheadedness:
• Stress decrease
• Equilibrium and coordination
• Neck and shoulder alleviation
• Enhanced circulation
• Mind-body connection
Yoga for lightheadedness
Yoga may not directly treat underlying medical conditions inducing lightheadedness, but it can bring some relief, says the expert. Below are some postures:
1. Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi shodhan pranayama
• According to your comfort, assume either a cross-legged position on the floor or sit in a chair with your spine erect.
• Seal your right nostril with your thumb while inhaling deeply through the left nostril.
• Close your left nostril, release your right nostril, and exhale slowly and fully.
2. Child’s Pose Balasana
• Lay a mat or towel and kneel on it to perform balasana. Sit on your heels, bring your big toes into contact with each other, then spread your knees to hip-width apart.
• Inhale deeply, exhale, and position your upper body between your thighs.
• While lifting the base of your skull away from the back of your neck, ensure to elongate the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis.
• Position your upper body on the mat, place your hands down with palms facing upward.
• Press your shoulders towards the mat.
3. Bound Angle Pose or Supta baddha konasana
• To initiate supta baddha konasana, lie comfortably on the mat with your chest facing the ceiling.
• Maintain a straight spine, ease your shoulders, and ensure no strain on the neck.
• Gently bend your knees, bring your feet together, keeping them on the mat.
• Slowly bring your heels closer to the pelvic region.
• Exhale, engage your abdominal muscles, and hold this posture for approximately 20 seconds to gain maximum benefits.
• Inhale swiftly, then exhale slowly, allowing your knees to open, providing a good stretch to your pelvic region and inner thighs. Maintain this pose for 30 seconds, breathing slowly and gently, then exhale and exit the pose slowly.
4. Seated Forward Bend or Paschimottanasana with chair
• Position your forehead on a chair with a towel for a soft cushioning.
• Inhale, then slowly rise up.
5. Corpse Pose or Savasana
• For savasana, place your mat in front of a chair or couch and lie in the middle of your mat with bent knees.
• Raise your legs and place the back of your calves on the chair or couch, and rest the back of your arms on the floor with palms facing upward.
• Place a soft cloth or blanket under your head and neck to allow your chin to drop and gaze toward your heart.
• Cover your eyes with a cloth and rotate your upper arm so that your skin moves away from your chest.
• Gently draw your shoulder blades inwards toward your back, lifting the center of your chest.
Perform these asanas for vertigo only after consulting with a physician.