Yoga for Vertigo

We directly connect the inner ear with our stability and orientation in space. When we experience dizziness, it’s only intense in our head, while everything around us is still normal.

What Exactly Is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a disorientation disorder manifested by a strong illusion of movement in space. It is a vague term that patients use to describe several different subjective conditions. Along with the feeling of movement, functional oculomotor disorder, collapse while standing or walking, and nausea are often present. Persistent dizziness makes it impossible to carry out normal daily activities, which brings new psychogenic problems caused by anxiety and fear. Thus, it becomes a type of disability. In any case, it should not be underestimated because frequent dizziness can be the result of a more serious illness.

 Is Vertigo Possible During Physical Activity?

The most common causes of vertigo during physical activity are insufficient food intake, dehydration, or irregular breathing during activity. Sometimes, this condition can be a sign of more serious problems, such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Therefore, vertigo should not be ignored. When you feel dizzy, stop the physical activity immediately. Otherwise, you may lose your balance, fall, and injure yourself.

What Are the Natural Solutions for Vertigo?

The solutions for vertigo can include standard therapy prescribed by a doctor, but also a series of exercises, as well as changes in diet and lifestyle.

Ginko Biloba

One of the natural solutions when we talk about vertigo is certainly gingko biloba.

You can use this natural medicine in various forms. You should not exceed 240 milligrams per day.

Vitamin D 

If you suspect that your vertigo is due to something you’re not getting through your diet, you might be right. Doctors suggest that vitamin D deficiency may worsen symptoms of vertigo. A glass of milk or orange juice, canned tuna, or even an egg yolk can increase your vitamin D levels.


Dehydration can sometimes be the cause of vertigo. A reduced sodium intake may help. My advice to you is to drink at least two liters of water every day. Monitor your water intake.

My suggestion is to have a half liter bottle with you. Just drink four full bottles during the day.


Feeling dizzy can cause lack of sleep. If you do not sleep enough or are under stress, it is possible that you will face vertigo.


Scientific researches have pointed to the fact that practicing yoga can help in solving the problem of vertigo. By practicing yoga, you will improve flexibility and balance. Before you start practicing yoga in cases where you are facing vertigo, it is very important to check the physical condition of your neck. It is important that you practice the poses intended for solving the problem of vertigo more slowly, with complete attention to yourself, both externally and internally. Do not make any sudden, hasty movements. In the following poses, you can use aids if you need them. You can also practice their variations, if the full poses that follow are an immediate challenge for you.

You can practice the following eight yoga poses in the order listed. Remember to practice them with your full attention. If you do not exercise with your full attention, you can injure yourself.

And yes, I definitely do not recommend practicing these poses when you have vertigo.

1.      Paschimottanasana: The first and basic pose for vertigo is Paschimottanasana. It is important that while you are in this pose, you completely straighten your back, especially in the chest area. Feel free to use a yoga strap, if you feel the need. Since it is a forward bend, enter the pose very slowly and without any sudden movements.

2.      Balasana: The second pose is the position of a child or Balasana.
Sit on your heels and bring your knees together. Stretch your arms, relax your neck, neck muscles, shoulders, and shoulder blades.

3.      Halasana. Very slowly, move from the child’s pose to the plow pose or Halasana. If necessary, place a blanket under the neck and head. Push yourself with your palms on the floor, so that your legs go over your head. Try to keep your legs fully extended. If you can lower your feet on the yoga mat. The legs can remain bent at the knees, it is important that you breathe deeply and that you do not feel too much pressure in the neck and head area.

4.      Headstand. The fourth pose is headstand. If you are not experienced enough to perform this pose, try doing it next to a wall. While performing a headstand, it is important that your support is on your scalp, forearms and shoulders. Straighten your back, and your legs and hips go toward the ceiling. It is of fundamental importance that your elbows are shoulder width apart.

5.      Tree Position. The fifth pose is one of the basic balance poses, which is the tree position. You can do its basic variant, with the palms together in front of the chest, or its more advanced variants, with the arms extended to the side or stretched upwards.

6.      Warrior Three. This is the sixth pose of balance. Just like the tree pose, it implies balance on one leg. In both poses, it is very important to make contact with one point in front of you. The point of contact should be one meter in front of you. In that way, you will achieve better focus practicing these poses. Imagine that while you are staring at that point, you are tied to it with an invisible rope.

7.      Viparita karani. The seventh pose is Viparita karani. This pose is a completely relaxing position. Put your feet up against the wall. You can place a blanket under your entire back and head. In this way, try to relax completely.

8.      Shavasana. The last pose is Shavasana. Relax completely in this pose, relax every part of your body, every muscle, and every cell. Feel how all the fatigue, tension, and negative energy completely leave your entire body. Feel the complete renewal of your body. Remember that feeling, so that you can call upon it at any time of the day when needed.


This article discussed the nature of vertigo and ways to relieve its effects. Yoga has eight poses that can help alleviate vertigo. You can stay in all poses until you feel comfortable. Follow the feeling inside your body. Don’t force it.

About the author

Urosh Martinovic

Urosh Martinovic is a yoga and mindfulness teacher. He has experience in more than 7,000 guided classes. His work includes 1 on 1 online classes and workshops. Uros is a founder of holistic portal for Balkan Moja Solja Joge (My cup of yoga).