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Yoga For Hangovers

Posted by Sky Andersen on 6/18/2015
Yoga For Hangovers

Hungover Man


So you had a little too much to drink.


Hurting a little this morning are we? That’s okay, no judgment… we’ve all been there.


You know what might help with that hangover? Yoga.


I know you’re scoffing at me right now while you daydream of pizza and have contemplated leaving your bed exactly 0 times, but yoga is seriously supposed to help. In light of the summer months and fun holidays coming up (4th of July is on a Saturday this year people, prepare yourselves) it’s probably better to have some home remedies up your sleeves other than the “hair of the dog.” 


You can thank me after your headache subsides.


Childs Pose

Childs Pose

Reasons why this is effective for helping with your hangover:

When you feel sick (especially when your head is killing you) the last thing you want to do is be physically active. The great thing about Childs Pose is that it allows you to be very still with your eyes closed while stretching and relaxing you. When you pull your abdomen in the circulation of lymph increases. You want this to happen, because lymph is one of your body's main methods of removing metabolic waste products. 


Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana) 

Yoga Pose

Reasons why this is effective for helping with your hangover:

Contrary to the photo, you get to have your head down and eyes closed for this pose. Take a couple blocks or bolster and put them in the middle of your legs, then slowly breathe out and lean forward until your head is resting on the blocks. Close your eyes, and relax. This pose will help in similar ways to Childs Pose, your back and neck muscles will stretch and relax, soothing them. 


Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose

Obviously this made the cut, you get to keep your eyes shut and lay down (winning.) Reasons why this is effective for helping with your hangover:

The only slight difference between this photo and what you need to be doing, is to put a block underneath your head/neck. Once comfortable, slowly rock your head side to side, as if you were signaling "no." The edge of the block should be just under the base of your skull, and when you move your head slowly this becomes a hangover massage. Sleep can be hard after a night of drinking, and the result might be a stiff neck. This move will help to relax your tense neck and sub-occipital muscles.


Cat Pose

Cat Pose

Reasons why this is effective for helping with your hangover:

Movement can be hard when you're hungover. Unfortunately, moving is a key part to activating your blood flow and helping you to feel better. Fortunately, this pose helps you move in a gentle and slow way. Breathe in and push your back out, like this photo. Breathe out and concave your back, bringing your stomach closer to the floor. Do these moves slowly, and you'll begin to feel what's described as a "spinal flush." Your blood will begin moving, you'll stretch out your abdomen and back muscles- both will help to move the hangover out of you. 


Good luck recuperating! Lots of water, advil and yoga and hopefully your hangover will be much less intense the next time you have one. 


Did any of these moves help you, or do you have moves of your own to contribute? Comment them below! 





AuthorSky Andersen holds down the role of blog writer at Yoga Accessories. Currently studying Public Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, she writes for many different publications and is passionate about all things photography, travel and of course- yoga. 

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