HEADACHE RX Learning how to breathe deeply and correctly can prevent stress headaches as well as lessen the severity and duration of those that have already begun. Yoga postures can open tight areas in the chest or abdomen that may inhibit your breathing. MODIFIED FORWARD BEND 1. Stand facing the back of a high-backed chair and place both hands on it. 2. Take a few steps away from the chair and hinge forward from your hips so your torso is horizontal to the floor. Lengthen your spine and bend your knees slightly [shown]. 3. Keeping your ears aligned with your upper arms and your elbows straight, lengthen along the outsides of your arms and rib cage. 4. Keep your tongue, throat and eyes relaxed. Breathe deeply and slowly, holding the pose for 10 breaths. Take a few steps forward to the starting position and repeat as needed.