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(Photo: Tiffany Cruikshank)
(Photo: Tiffany Cruikshank)

Tiffany Cruikshank is the smart, cool creator of Yoga Medicine, a method that pairs yoga with holistic health practices to address the modern-life ailments that are constantly creeping up on you— like stress, insomnia, and back pain. We teamed up with her to bring you simple solutions you can really use, in this reoccurring feature.

Whether its from icy winds blasting you in the face during your commute or a to-do list that seems to grow by the second, headaches are a really common problem this time of year.

The hectic pace of modern life certainly doesn’t help, says Tiffany Cruikshank.

“People get headaches for many reasons, just like people have stress for many reasons,” she says. “The most common headaches are tension headaches, from tension building in your neck.” (Not that you’re hunching over a computer all day or anything…)

To help, Cruikshank shared this simple yoga pose and holistic tip to release the trigger points that cause headaches. We won’t tell if you start storing a yoga block in your desk drawer.

Yoga Pose

Place a yoga block on the middle height (see photo). Lie on your back, and place the block behind your head. “The skull should be resting on the block, and your neck should be off of it,” Cruikshank says. “Then, relax as much as possible. Let your head be heavy.” Without lifting up, turn your head to the right, back to the center, then to the left. You should feel a ropy ridge of muscle being massaged. “This will trigger a release, especially with tension headaches,” she explains.

Holistic Practice

As simple as it sounds, drinking enough water can actually be the best headache remedy. “Water is really important for hydration of the muscles,” she says. “Without it, you start to get less circulation.” Try keeping a liter on your desk and refilling it throughout the day. —Jamie McKillop

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