For thousands of years, yoga has been practiced, using breathing techniques, postures, movement and meditations to focus on controlling both the body and mind. While many individuals practice yoga to improve overall fitness and flexibility, some recent studies show that yoga may help migraine sufferers by naturally controlling migraines and reducing the number of migraines experienced.
If you are considering yoga for migraines, take the time to learn more about the health benefits, how it works for migraines, important research and poses to try for migraine relief.
Practicing yoga has been shown to offer a number of excellent general health benefits. One of the main benefits of yoga is its ability to reduce stress, since it does not just focus on poses, but also focuses on meditation and deep breathing techniques. Yoga also aids in weight loss and is used by many individuals pursuing better fitness and well being.
Getting involved in yoga also provides benefits like blood pressure reduction, heart rate reduction and may help to manage medical problems like diabetes, insomnia, epilepsy, asthma and depression.
Before trying yoga for migraines, you may want to know how yoga helps to treat migraines. Researchers believe that the nervous system of the body is calmed by the relaxation techniques used with yoga. Calming the nervous system is thought to help reduce brain activities that may cause migraines to occur.
Yoga may also help to increase levels of serotonin within the body, reducing the tightening of blood vessels in the brain, reducing the chance of getting a migraine. 
While it appears that yoga may help to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, since yoga has been shown to offer pain reduction, it may provide relief for migraine pain as well.
Several studies have been conducted on yoga for migraines. One study conducted in India (2014) found that regular yoga instruction led to a reduction in migraine frequency, duration and severity.
It also improved the "cardiac autonomic balance. Disturbances in the autonomic nervous system and in the regulation of the circulatory system are associated with migraines. If balance is restored, the likelihood of a migraine is reduced." 
Of course, this is only one study, so more studies should be done to find out if yoga offers significant relief for migraine sufferers. However, anecdotal evidence and this single study does show that some individuals may enjoy results when using yoga as a method of preventing migraines.
Two migraine experts interviewed in the Migraine World Summit over the last few years - Richard B. Lipton, MD, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City and Dawn Buse, Migraine psychologist - both agree that doing yoga for migraine reduction is beneficial.
If stress is a trigger for you, yoga is a great way to help your body reduce that stress response so that you don’t get stuck in fight or flight for too long.
Although scientists have studied no specific poses, yoga instructors do recommend certain poses to migraine sufferers. The following are a couple yoga poses you may want to try to see if they help prevent migraines.
You can use one or two towels, cushions, bolsters or blankets for support. Here are some quick instructions for towels to use as support in this yoga for migraine pose:
Fold one towel in half to form a large square. Then fold that in thirds, creating a firm, supportive cushion. Place your towel cushion about 12 inches away from the wall. Fold the other towel in half and place it three feet from the wall. You can use this to support your head and to fill in the space between your neck and the floor. 
Although more studies need to be done to establish how well yoga relieves or prevents migraines, yoga has many benefits and may offer some relief from migraines for some individuals.
Of course, while it is generally considered to be safe, be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning yoga and make sure this is suitable with all your health conditions considered. If you decide to start yoga, be sure to take classes from a certified instructor. And don’t push into the poses too hard; you can actually hurt yourself if you are not careful.
Yoga for Migraine Resources:
1. Migraine.com. Yoga for migraine relief. Available [online] at: https://migraine.com/complimentary-and-alternative-therapies/yoga/
2. Kisan R, Sujan M, Adoor M, et al. (2014). Effect of Yoga on migraine: A comprehensive study using clinical profile and cardiac autonomic functions. International journal of yoga, 7(2), 126-32. Available [online] at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4097897/ Accessed Mar. 5, 2019
3. Yoga Journal (2010). Do Less, Relax More: Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose. Available [online] at: https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/legs-up-the-wall-pose Accessed Mar. 6, 2019