Yoga: The Hangover Cure?

It’s the weekend, which means some of you might be indulging in a few adult beverages over the next couple of days. I’m certainly not judging–I’m a red wine or martini guy myself–I’m here to offer you a potential cure for your hangover!

According to an article on, you can now use yoga to alleviate everything from a hangover to a broken heart. One move they recommend for a hangover is a handstand. I’m just guessing here, but I’d imagine the last thing someone would want when hungover is a bunch of pressure on their head:

Celebrity yoga instructor Tara Stiles has been teaching people for years how to heal through the power of yoga. In her new book, Yoga Cures, Stiles gives simple routines that can help alleviate more than 50 common ailments, ranging from hangovers to broken hearts.

“A little bit of meditation and simple movements have a way of getting everything out of your body and your mind…It brings out the organs, and gets your nervous system going and gets the brain activated,” Stiles, who also is the founder of Strala Yoga in New York, N.Y., told

For something like a hangover, Stiles recommends a basic twist to help lessen the sluggish feelings.  A headstand can also help – though beginners should only apply a little pressure to the head.

“As you inhale, you make a little more room in your body, and as you exhale, twisting sort of gives pressure to the organs and wrings out toxins and things like that,” Stiles said.

Yoga can even ease some of the pain of getting dumped.  Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have shown that ‘broken heart syndrome,’ known clinically as stress cardiomyopathy, actually mimics some of the symptoms of a heart attack.  Stiles said a simple tree pose can help bring balance to a person’s life and move on.

Stiles also includes beauty tips in her book, such as a quick, easy way to fix bags under the eyes.

“You can rub your hands together pretty quickly,” she said, “Create some heat there, and then close your eyes and press the heels of your hands into your eyeballs. Stay there for a few breaths, and it really brings some energy and circulation and life into the eyes and gives you that refreshed feeling.”

I think yoga is extremely beneficial for your body, but I’m not sure I buy 100% of what Stiles is saying. While I may not be sold on everything she recommends, I’d be curious to find out of some of you have tried, or will try, some of her suggestions.

QUESTION: If you have used these yoga moves to alleviate hangovers and heartache, what was the result?