Yoga originated in ancient India and has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years. The goal of yoga is to bring together the mind, body, spirit and heart. It is important that you try and create a balance between the body and the mind. Yoga uses different movements, stretching, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. As you practice yoga, it is important to be in tuned to what your body is feeling, maintaining balance between the quietness of your inner self and how your outer body is functioning.

Yoga is very good for relieving stress. Unfortunately, many tension headaches are caused by stress. Thus making yoga, in particular the Goddess Pose, very appealing. Tension headaches usually are felt on both sides of your head. Many of these type of headaches seem to be reoccurring, especially if you are under stress. Tension headaches can be excruciating, making it hard to function properly.

The Goddess Pose is an excellent yoga pose to relieve a tension headache. Below are the 7 steps to follow to practice this pose.

1. Stand with your feet 3 ft. apart. Bend your elbows to shoulder height and turn your palms facing each other.

2. Turn your feet out 45 degrees facing the corners of the room. Exhale as you bend the knees over your toes in a squatted position.

3. Press your hips forward and your knees back. Then press your chest forward as you drop your shoulders down and back.

4. Look straight ahead with your chin parallel to the ground.

5. Breathe deeply and hold for 3-6 breaths.

6. To release the pose, inhale and straighten your legs. As you release, reach the fingertips to the ceiling.

7. Exhale as you lower your arms to your sides.

I try and practice yoga two times a week. I have found that it relaxes me, reduces my stress and improves my overall outlook on life. I hope the next time you have a tension headache you will give the Goddess Pose a try.