Want Iyengar yoga for migraine? Or anxiety, or a range of other issues? Let me quickly outline a powerful solution for you to consider.
From time to time, I teach an Iyengar yoga head wrap technique that’s especially good yoga for migraine or headaches, as well as for reducing anxiety, sleeping better, getting calmer, getting more energy, and much more.
So check out my post, or read the detailed captions of the pictures, and then try a head wrap for pranayama breath meditation, as well as for Iyengar yoga for migraine, anxiety, and much more. (We’ve separately outlined more about the Iyengar style of yoga).
Content of this post
For a start, here is the content of this post about Iyengar yoga head wraps and the many powerful outcomes they offer you. I will cover:
- My own story of how I’ve used this wrapping head for headache technique.
- An outline of some of the many benefits of the so-called Pune head wrap technique. (This also shows some its many uses).
- How the head wrapping technique is an adapted yoga mudra, developed by Mr BKS Iyengar, as another yoga prop.
- The Iyengar yoga view of consciousness, and where science currently is with consciousness research.
The head wrap technique can also be used in any of the poses I’ll also show in the pictures with this post. Such yoga poses or yogic practices, include relaxation pose (so-called corpse pose), various restorative yoga poses, and pranayama (breath meditation).
Discovering the power of the Iyengar head wrap technique
In my own yoga and breath meditation practice, I have used this particular technique for many decades.
It’s not something I’ve so far talked about a lot, because some think it’s weird, or undo-able.
That’s because the technique involves wrapping the forehead or eyes, or both, with a bandage. Then, the yoga or meditation practices are done with the bandage on.
However, we do of course lift the edge of the bandage a little, so we can see enough to do the pose, and get into the pose.
Finding peace, & natural solutions, after tragedy
Many years ago, when my partner Peter died of cancer, I used this powerful yogic technique to help me recover from grief.
At that very sad time, it was immensely helpful with eventually moving on with life in a way that Peter would have wanted for me.
Using this Iyengar head wrap technique also helped me quietly reflect, get clarity about what happened, find a new peace, re-order my life, and have the courage to move forward.
Among other things, the technique worked because it’s a highly effective way to quieten the endless chatter of our minds.
Although I’m about to outline some of the many other benefits and uses of this so-called Iyengar head wrap, I do of course also recommend it strongly for managing grief.
Clearly, grief is something that we all face from time to time. As with all the yoga and breath meditation taught at Flametree, any natural solutions you can find for challenges you face, will often be superior to drug based options.
At a minimum, I suggest you try such natural solutions first, or in conjunction with whatever you’re using (as appropriate), or as soon as you can transition away from drugs (and their often very unpleasant side-effects, or worse).
This particular yoga for migraine is not for total beginners
The yoga head wrap technique has many uses beyond helping with grief. I’ll outline them below.
In my own case, I was fortunate that I already did yoga at the time of my grief. As I’d already learnt the technique, and had some ability to quieten by mind, I was able to use a process I already knew.
However, if you’re just starting yoga, then I suggest you first get underway with some regular beginner classes.
Then, after a while, come to a Restorative Yoga Class, when I teach the use of head wraps. Alternatively, if you have an urgent problem requiring yoga for migraine or whatever, consider a private class.
By the way, if you have any trauma in your background that involves bandages, then I suggest you avoid classes teaching this approach, or even reading further in this blog post on Iyengar Yoga head wraps.
The many benefits of an Iyengar Yoga head wrap
Some of the many benefits of this Iyengar yoga head wrap technique include:
- Reducing anxiety, and finding inner peace
- Dealing with headaches and migraines
- Sleeping better
- Getting calmer, and reducing or managing stress
- Feeling secure and nurtured
- Reducing the distraction and discomfort of windy or hot weather
- Quietening the mind and nervous system
- Accentuating the energy, clarity, and insight that flows from pranayama breath meditation
- Delving into wonderful aspects of your consciousness.
I find this head wrapping technique so useful that I always take a suitable bandage on my overseas travels.
Again, that’s not something I tell people until they know me a little better!
Below, I’ve explained the benefits in more detail. In addition, the captions on the pictures give you a quick idea of how wrap the head, and some of the typical yoga poses you can do while using a head wrap.
Quietening the chatter of the mind
Richard Rosen, a well-known Iyengar yoga practitioner and author, describes why it’s useful to use this type of bandage wrap technique.
Rosen says the technique is used:
“… to seal consciousness, to prevent it from leaking out into the world, and stimulate the subtle sound (nada), which serves as a seed for meditation….This helps quiet the brain, and calm the fluctuations of consciousness”.
(This quote, & those below, from R Rosen The Yoga of Breath.)
As you can see in the picture below, the top of the head can end up covered, or not, depending on your crisscrossing.
By the way, some of you may already be familiar with using a yoga “eye-pillow” for covering the eyes.
If so, you’ll already know the extra peace and mind quietening that an eye-pillow creates. A so-celled Pune head wrap (because it was invented by Mr BKS Iyengar), creates a similar, but much more powerful, quietening of your mind.
It’s just another reason why I suggest you try a head wrap for pranayama breath meditation, as well as for Iyengar yoga for migraine, anxiety, and much more.
Another of Mr Iyengar’s yoga prop inventions
Richard Rosen also notes how the technique was developed by Mr BKS Iyengar. He saw it as a variation of the so-called Six-Openings Seal (or Shan-Mukhi-Mudra).
In other words, Mr Iyengar is very creatively using a simple bandage as another very useful yoga prop. It’s also a variation of a so-called mudra.
In class where I use the technique, I will show you how the bandaging technique can either be used across the forehead and ears, or just how it can also include the eyes.
Richard Rosen goes on to say this.
“….the seal is used to partially block outside sounds and light, and soften the eyes and skin of the forehead”.
Exploring your consciousness
Mr BKS Iyengar also of course knew that the brain is the centre of consciousness.
But, as Richard notes below, Mr Iyengar also considered that:
“….our brain and consciousness are everywhere, diffuse throughout the body, and the “head” brain is in fact an object of perception, just like an arm or a leg.”
It’s now well known that at least one major nerve (the vagus nerve), throughout your neck and abdomen, is often considered to be an extension of your brain into such parts. So, for that reason alone, it may well be that Mr Iyengar was onto something.
Whatever the nature of what goes on physiologically, there is no doubt that this technique works in practice.
That’s why, from time to time, in classes such as Yoga For Immune System, or Restorative Yoga, I’ll be training you in how to use the technique.
All this also means that with the bandage on, there are ways that you can explore such perceptions of consciousness.
Some of you may remember or know of the famous band called “The Doors”. They were in fact meaning the doors of perception. It demonstrates that humans have been curious about such issues for a very long time.
So, this is yet another technique to let you journey into the doors of perception.
Consciousness is an emerging area of research
By the way, I also note that the nature of consciousness is one of the current areas of scientific research.
In such research, the issue of consciousness is taken very seriously. Although there are various theories about the nature of consciousness, no modern scientist is sure exactly what it is.
Although most of the modern scientists of the mind agree that consciousness exists, it’s still a huge area of exploration.
Obviously, many yogis, like Mr BKS Iyengar, and others, have explored and worked with consciousness for millennia.
Science will one day catch up, describe what it is, and probably outline further ways to use it better.
Pranayama & Iyengar Yoga For Migraine, Anxiety, & More
Yoga For Immune Class, Or Restorative Yoga Class
As a result, the techniques I’ll be teaching you are a very practical way for you to be guided by that ancient yogic knowledge of your own consciousness.
In addition, you’ll learn how to use the techniques for practical outcomes like managing or reducing anxiety, fixing headaches, improving sleep, de-stressing, and the many other benefits I’ve already mentioned.
When I show you these head wrap techniques, I’ll also explain when you should not use the technique, and what to avoid when you do use it.
Online students should bring a suitable bandage
In class, after I show you how to use the bandage as a head wrap, I’ll check you have the bandage on correctly. It’s especially important to ensure that it’s not too tight.
We will then do some suitable yoga poses, and variations of the head wrapping technique, so as to allow you to get the full impact and dimension of the use of this particular yogic prop.
If you’re attending Flametree Yoga classes online, please bring a longish bandage, ideally with a small amount of elastic in it. I’ll give you plenty of notice of when these Iyengar Yoga head wrap classes are scheduled.
As you may know, such bandages are in both chemist shops (or drug stores in USA English), and many supermarkets.
If you’re worried that whatever bandage you have, has too much elastic, then just wash it in hot water a couple of times.
We already have such bandages at Flametree Yoga Studio (which I wash after each use).
For those who may be buying such a bandage, I’ve included a picture of such a bandage above.
At some point soon, I’ll also explain further aspects of the head wrapping technique.
Iyengar Yoga For Migraine, Anxiety, & More
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