Yoga for Migraines (Traditional Chinese Medicine) | Yoga Therapy


I'm a chronic migraine sufferer and I know what debilitating headaches feel like and how they impact lives.   Needless to say, I've done massive amounts of research on this subject, using myself as the guinea pig.  Yoga therapy has not cured this but none of my yoga programs claim to cure anything.  Yoga has certainly helped relieve the symptoms and with pain management.  I am also a big believer of Chinese Traditional Medicine.  I've found acupuncture to be a highly effective treatment in minimising the frequency of migraine attacks.  Below is something you could find helpful.  I certainly have!

SPECIFIC ISSUE - MIGRAINES (Specifically Tension / Stress Triggered Migraines)


In relieving migraines with TCM principles using yoga, the benefits are that:

  1. The breathing techniques in yoga helps to release tension and stress in the body, opening up the flow of chi’.

  2. By practising yoga poses that put pressure onto the corresponding stagnant meridians, it can affect the ‘chi’ in a positive way.

  3. Yoga gives the individual an opportunity to slow down and relax, relieving any tension that can cause muscles to tense up and cause stagnation of chi’ which cause tension headaches/migraines.

  4. Yoga also improves blood circulation throughout the body. Anytime you improve circulation (or ‘chi’ through harmonising the ‘jing’ and ’shen’ properties of the body), that improves pain and stress.


  1. Pregnancy

  2. Blood pressure issues

  3. On medication

  4. On medical advice against yoga or certain forms of physical activity


  1. Lateral neck stretches

  2. Childs pose

  3. Downward Facing Dog

  4. Table Top/Cat/Cow

  5. Sage

  6. Seated Forward Fold

  7. Seated Open A Fold

  8. Head to knee (Half Open A)

  9. Cow Face

  10. Lying Knees to Chest

  11. Happy Baby

  12. Corpse pose





These suggestions offered on are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient. It is not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners. It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional. Prior to starting any physical programs, it is advised to get clearance from a medical professional. Upon medical clearance, the suggestions and educational resources offered on are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment but not replace medical treatment.