Vertigo is a condition where an individual loses control of his/her balance. This disturbance is usually felt through dizziness and is commonly caused by infection within the inner ear region. Even a simple flu virus can affect the inner ear and can cause disconnection throughout the nerve connections directed to the brain, which results into vertigo. Conditions such as skull trauma, syphilis, sclerosis, and a tumor can also trigger a lost sense of balance.
While taking medications can offer instant result for a limited period of time, finding balance within oneself on a long run can benefit you in unimaginable ways. Yoga is popular for its natural healing abilities that target the nervous system. It also helps the parasympathetic system in our brain improve its sense of focus and balance while relaxing the mind and the body. Follow along these poses to get your blood flowing and stand tall with balance and composure:
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
This pose improves blood circulation within the brain and throughout the whole body. Freshly oxygenated blood effectively aids in finding your center of gravity. It also massages the internal organs for better metabolism. This is a great pose to decompress the legs and the spine.
To do the pose: Sit comfortably with your legs extended together. Place your hands in prayer and take a deep breath in as you lengthen your spine. Then, raise your arms to the sky and suck your belly in. As you exhale, slowly bend forward and reach your arms towards your toes. Remember to keep your back straight. Continue reaching until you catch your feet and hold the pose for 3-5 deep breaths.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
This is an extremely calming yoga posture. It calms all your nerves to allow better flow of blood within the body. When the tensions, both physical and mental, are released, your body will automatically start its regeneration process.
To do the pose: Start by lying on your back with the knees bent. Then, place the soles of your feet against each other, sending your knees sideways. If you are not flexible enough, you can place a cushion under your knees as support. After that, extend your arms above your head, close your eyes, and rest on this pose as much as you desire.
Plow Pose (Halasana)
This pose counters the effects of vertigo with gentleness. It strengthens the neck and the spine, improving balance within the inner ears. It also aids in detoxification by draining the lymphatic system, boosting your body’s healing process.
To do the pose: Lie down with your hands placed on your sides and the feet extended together. Then, lift your legs up to the ceiling as you inhale. Slowly breathe out and push away from the floor until your feet are touching the ground above your head. Curl your toes under and place your hands on your waist. Remember to avoid putting any strain on your neck and adjust by gently wiggling until you are comfortable. After that, interlace your fingers and hold the pose for 3-5 breaths.
Always practice next to a wall or under the guidance of a yoga teacher for assistance. Be patient and allow the practice to open the doors for healing. Flow with an open heart and have fun!