Yoga Asanas for Vertigo

5 yoga asanas for vertigo

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Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition itself, and can be caused by a whole host of underlying pathologies. It's the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning.

This feeling may be barely noticeable, or it may be so severe that you find it difficult to keep your balance and complete everyday tasks. According to the NHS Choices website, attacks of vertigo can develop suddenly and last for a few seconds, or they may last much longer. Some people experience severe vertigo within which their symptoms may be constant and last for several days, making normal life very difficult. Other symptoms associated with vertigo may include loss of balance (sometimes making standing and walking difficult), feeling sick or being sick and dizziness.

A particularly common form of vertigo is Benign Positional Vertigo or BPV, which involves calcium crystals floating around in the inner ear causing extreme feelings of dizziness and nausea. Such vertigo is a common correlate of osteoporosis and osteopenia; calcium leached from the bones can end up in the inner ear causing BPV, which is particularly worrisome given that loss of balance and falls can be so very dangerous for this population.

In the linked article, five asanas are offered for dealing with vertigo of various forms. Other exercises that have been shown to help include the Epley and Semont Maneuvers, more information about which can be found here: Depression and anxiety can be triggered by severe and long-term vertigo and by BPV in particular; yoga, again, can help with such emotional-based reactions and experiences.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS