We spend our days at office and home staring at things. TV, desktop, phones and sometimes the wall, we stare at anything and everything possible. We often worry about the harm we are doing to our bodies living this sedentary lifestyle. We worry about our neck, our lower back, our brain and forget the most important part. The part we stare at things with – Our eyes!! Have you ever wondered how miserable your life could become if this body part gets damaged?
Frightening, isn’t it? We completely ignore our eyes and the reason; our eyes do not show any immediate signs of weariness. But at least now you know they need as much care as any other part of your body. And the best way to take care of your eyes is by practicing eye yoga. Eye Yoga to improve eyesight includes few simple movements that help you improve your vision, relax the muscles and help with the sight. It also helps in reducing the signs of aging around the eyes like crow’s feet and wrinkles.
Listed down are a few simple eye yoga movements to help your eyes live a longer and healthy life.
We begin with a simple exercise that can be performed anytime and anywhere. Sit comfortably with your eyes open and legs crossed. Now, blink your eyes around ten times, quickly. Once you finish the count, close your eyes and relax for 20 seconds.
#2. Simple Palming
Staring at the computer screens can cause severe eye strain, making your eyes burn and giving you pounding headaches. You need to calm your eyes down. And to do that, sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Keep your eyes closed and rub your palms together. Place your palms on the eyes and feel the warmth. Repeat this for about ten times and then slowly open your eyes looking at your palms.
#3. Up and Down Viewing
Up and down viewing helps in improving the vision of the eyes and improves focus. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and hands on the knees. Relax and keep your eyes open. Now slowly inhaling raise your eyeballs and look up. Now while exhaling, lower the eyeballs and look down. Do this for about 20 repeats and then end with the simple palming.
#4. Front and Sideways Viewing
This movement is similar to the up and down movement. Sit on the floor with your hands on the knees. While inhaling, slowly look on your left. Then look straight while exhaling. Repeat the same on the right side. Do this for about 20 reps for both sides and then rest.
#5. Diagonal Movement
To perform this action, sit on the floor with legs crossed and hands on the knees. Now roll your eyes up on the diagonal right side, do this while inhaling your breath. Now move the eyeballs down towards the diagonal left. Exhale while you look down. Repeat this for about ten times. Once done, alternate the sides, diagonal left on the top and right diagonal downwards. Do this for ten reps as well and then relax.
#6. Clockwise Rotation
Sit in the regular position and keep your eyes open. Begin with looking up, then on your left, then down, next to your right and then up again. This makes one clockwise rotation. Do this for about ten times while resting after every rotation and then rest. Now do an anti-clockwise rotation and rest.
#7. Preliminary Nose Tip Gazing
Sit in a cross-legged pose. Relax and keep your eyes open. Now bring your eyeballs in the center and try to focus on the tip of your nose. Hold for a few second and then relax. Do this for five times and then relax.
#8. Focus Shifting
Stand close to a window or a door. Now focus on a distant object for about 10 seconds. Then slowly shift your focus to the tip of your nose and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this for about ten times and then come to rest after a simple palming posture.
After completing all the above yoga for healthy eyes, lie in Savasana (corpse pose) for a few minutes and relax completely. Breathe gently and normally, and do not resist any thoughts or sensations during the exercise.
These eye yoga asanas are simple yet efficient in some ways. Whether you face a problem with your sight or not, these yoga asanas can help you relieve and relax your eyes and take away all the stress. Practice them daily, and you will notice a significant difference in your vision and reduced headaches.