Vertigo is often caused by infections or conditions of the inner ear, which is central to maintaining your balance. Vertigo is commonly believed to be a fear of heights, but it can also be experienced at ground level, while walking, or even by simply moving your head. The most common symptoms are dizziness, vomiting, and a feeling of being off-balance.
Balancing postures in yoga are very helpful in restoring balance in the body as well as reducing the feeling of vertigo over a period of time.
Note: Though these postures are easy to do and can be done by all at home, as with all exercise, it’s advisable to consult a doctor before starting them.
Vrikshasana: this is also called the tree pose as it is as graceful and steady as a tree.
- Stand straight with your hands by your side.
- Raise the right leg and place the right foot on the inner side of your left thigh maintaining your balance and as shown.
- Stabilise in this position and slowly inhale while raising your hands over your head and keeping it straight in a “namaste”.
- Balance your body here for 10-30 seconds and repeat the same on the other side.
Note: try to focus on one point straight ahead of you to maintain your balance.
- Is strengthens the spine and improves balance and poise.
- Helps in improving neuro-muscular co-ordination.
- It tones up the leg muscles and strengthens the knees and thighs.
- This posture strengthens the shoulders, inner ears and eyes.
- It improves your sense of balance thus reducing positional vertigo.
- The Tree pose teaches you patience, makes you sturdy as well as flexible.
Caution: Initially while beginning this posture, persons with vertigo can take support from a wall till your sense of balance improves.
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