When I was 23, I thought I was experiencing an lsd flashback because I suddenly saw untouchable colorful zigzag lines, flashing lights, stars and sparks. They were beautiful to see, but they scared me.
Years later, I experienced this again. It lasted for twenty minutes. I thought something was wrong with my brain.
Two years ago, I finally realized I suffer from migraines. I was at the office, I've had had a terrible busy week, and there they were again: the colored zigzag lines, sparks and stars. But I also lost a bit of my sight, and I got a terrible headache after the aura was gone. The headache was on the left side of my head and if I moved my head, I felt extremely nauseous. I immediately went home and the only thing that helped, was to lay in bed with the curtains closed and do absolutely nothing. I remembered my dad telling me about his mother and sisters, who suffer from migraines. So they run in my family. Lucky me.
So they are in my DNA, but I know now there are triggers which make them come out. Stress is a big one. Here yoga comes in handy. It reduces stress and it makes me more relaxed and in the moment. I also discovered that coffee is a strange cup of tea (...). I usually drink one cup a day. If I am feeling fine, coffee can give me a migraine. I think the coffee beats up my system; it makes me to go faster than I should. But on the other hand: when I have had a migraine, or if I am suffering a (light) headache, sipping coffee can cure the pain. Apparently, the caffeine restricts blood vessels which block pain reception.
So my new strategy: I don't drink coffee as long as I feel fine. But if my head feels a bid heavy or achy, I will slowly drink a little cup.
Today is Sunday. I practiced Ashtanga by myself this morning, at 7.30 AM. After that, I went cycling with a friend. It felt great to be outside and my body felt strong and in shape. This friend is also into yoga, so we had a lot to talk about.