When last night involved one too many cocktails, your first inclination might be to hibernate all day with Netflix—or maybe, emerge in the name of brunch (extra fries, please). But aside from good old fashioned hydration, the best way to kick that headache (and bloating, and nausea) is to get your blood pumping. We won’t ask you to hit a Spin class, but can we interest you in some low-key yoga poses instead?
“The key to bringing life back into a queasy body after a night of happy juice is to take it slow,” says Stephanie Birch, California-based yoga teacher (and one of our favourite yogis on Instagram). “Certain postures will help you feel grounded, ease tension between the ears, and stimulate the abdomen to move last night's festivities from the body.” She demonstrates those very moves below—and the best part? You don’t even have to get out of bed for most of them. Keep scrolling to see how they're done!
1. Lie down on your back and bring the soles of your feet to connect, knees parting wide away from each other.
2. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart. Close your eyes and breathe slowly here for one minute.
1. Come up onto all fours, hands beneath the shoulders and knees beneath the wrists. Create some energy by moving your spine.
2. While inhaling, drop the belly, lift the tail, and look up to stretch the neck and widen the collarbone.
3. While exhaling, round the spine, tucking the tailbone in toward the belly and dropping the head to stretch your neck and shoulders.
4. Take a few rounds of these, moving through your breath slowly.
1. Press the palms into the earth and push the hips toward the sky, keeping the belly drawn in.
2. With the feet connected, lift the heels and spin them to the right. Bend both knees, and lower the hips toward the back of the ankles. Feel the left upper body stretching from the armpit to hip crease.
3. Come back up, straighten the legs on a breath in and switch to the opposite side.
1. Drop your knees wide to the earth with your feet together, sinking your hips toward your heels.
2. Stretch your palms forward and allow your head to rest on the earth. Breathe here to ground yourself.
1. Lie on your back.
2. Hug your knees toward your chest then drop them to the left toward the earth. Extend your right arm out from your shoulder, turning your head toward the right.
3. Stay here for a few breaths and then make your way back through the center and off to the second side.
Still feeling queasy? Birch has you covered. “If any of these postures are too much all at once, sit your behind near a wall or chair and rest your legs up the wall or on a cushion,” she says. “It's one of my go-to postures to relieve headaches.”
Do you ever exercise to get rid of a hangover? What works for you?