Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition itself. It's the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is spinning. Attacks of vertigo can develop suddenly and last for a few seconds, or they may last much longer. The tubes and sacs of the vestibular system in the inner ear are filled with fluid, which detect head and body movement thereby helping you maintain balance. Infection in the vestibular system hinders the movement of vestibular fluid causing vertigo.

Asanas for disease reduction:

The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Vertigo.

Janusirasana - Head to Shin Pose


  • Sitting on your hips, straighten both the knees while keeping the back straight
  • Bend the right knee and place the right foot in the inner left thigh, close to the perineum
  • Drop the right knee on the mat
  • Keeping the spine straight, collapse your stomach and bend the upper body forward and down
  • Breathe from the chest
  • Inhaling, straighten your back and come up. Repeat on the other leg

Sarvangasana - Shoulder Stand


  • Lie flat on your back with the palms facing down
  • Raise your legs & hips up, keeping the chin close to your chest
  • Support your lower back with your palms, lift your back off the mat while keeping your knees and back straight
  • Gaze at the point between the toes, breathing deeply through the chest. You may even close your eyes
  • Remain here for 3-4 mins then relax your palms and come down gently.

Matsyasana- Fish Pose


  • Lie flat on your back
  • Raise the hips up and place the palms (one over another) underneath the hips
  • Arch your back, and raise the neck and chest
  • Drop the head back, opening the chest wide; you may even drop the crown of the head on the mat
  • Stay in this pose for a minute, breathing deeply
  • Finally, lift your head up and drop the back of the head and the shoulders back on the mat.
  • Release the palms and relax

(Article and pics courtesy - Arya Marga Yoga)