Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain, Calm Anxiety and More

Before you make a beeline for the medicine cabinet, try these moves from Mandy Ingber, Jennifer Aniston's longtime yoga guru (11 Photos)

Shaun Dreisbach on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:48PM

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Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain, Calm Anxiety and More

Mandy Ingber

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Problem: Headache

Pose: Reclining Cobbler
Sit and place the soles of your feet together, your knees should be out wide to your sides. (If you need extra support, you can place a pillow under each knee.) Then, recline so your back is flat on the floor. Place your hands on your belly and take 20 long, slow deep breaths in and out.

How It Helps: “Usually when you have a headache it’s due to too much energy in the head -- too much noise or thinking. So it’s important to get grounded. You literally reconnect with the earth by lying down and it calms your mind,” says Ingber. Think about it: What do you instinctively want to do when you’ve got a real pounder? Lie down, right? This pose also helps relieve tension (a prime cause of headaches) in your face, neck, back and hips. Ingber also suggests touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth during the pose, which yogis believe helps draw all that pent-up energy down from your head.

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