Yoga cure for dizziness

Dizziness, also known as vertigo, is characterized by a spinning sensation. Vertigo is usually experienced at high altitudes. However, sometimes vertigo may also be caused due to some other reasons.

What can cause Dizziness?

Here are some of the common causes of dizziness or vertigo:
  • Circulation: The brain, like every other organ, requires a constant flow of blood in order to function optimally. If there is an inadequate supply of blood to the brain, you may begin to feel lightheaded. Blood carries oxygen and a lack of blood causes a lack of oxygen in the brain which hampers its functioning. If you consume excessive amounts of salt in your diet, it could cause poor circulation. Those who suffer from problems of the heart or anemia may also experience dizziness and circulation problems.
  • Physical injury: A fracture to the skull or damage to the inner ear may cause a loss of balance. Profound and irreversible vertigo results from such an injury. Eventually, the balance may be restored, but the person might experience dizziness now and then.
  • Infectious attacks: Certain viruses, like those that cause flu and the common cold, may cause infections in the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for maintaining the sense of balance and if it does not working efficiently, it can result in severe vertigo.
  • Other neurological problems: Some other neurological problems like disease of the nerves may also cause dizziness. Diseases like tumors, multiple sclerosis and syphilis are other causes of dizziness.

Cure for Dizziness

Yoga is believed to be an effective cure for dizziness. Though there have not been any conclusive studies linking the two, proponents of yoga feel that yoga for dizziness or yoga for vertigo can help you get rid of the condition. Since yoga is also effective in controlling blood pressure and hyper tension, it can be effectively used to cure hypertension dizziness.

One of the most effective poses for dizziness is the Malasana or the garland pose. In this pose, you begin with squatting on your haunches, with your soles and the heels resting on the floor completely. Slowly rise from the floor on your toes and maintain your balance. Now, widening the thighs and putting distance between your knees, move your torso forward, extending your armpits beyond the knees. Now bending forward, hold the back of your ankles, exhale and slowly move your head down so that your forehead rests on your toes. Stay in the position for a few seconds and then inhaling, return to the initial position.

Some other effective poses for dizziness are the Halasana or Plough Pose, Nadi Sodhana Pranayama or alternative nostril breathing, Salamba Sirsasana or the Headstand Pose, and Sanmukhi Mudra or Six Faced Gesture.