How Can Yoga Improve Your Eyesight?
Do your eyes start hurting after 2-3 hours in office?
Is there frequent irritation in the eyes?
Do you witness a consistent or frequent headache, along with stressed eyes?
You’re glued to a digital screen for more than 8 hours a day, exposing your eyes to the harsh blue rays they emit. And, to top it all, you’re not really doing anything to relax your eyes on a daily or hourly basis. How do you then expect to have healthy eyes, and hence a happy, stress-free day?
With all the much-deserved hype around the International Yoga Day, on June 21, let’s bring some real facts to your notice.
Did you know, that there are yoga exercises that are meant for your eyes? Yes, they are focussed on eye health and are much easier to practise than those backbone twisting asanas. Happy News! Yes, you can get rid of those fatigued and dry eyes, itchiness and tears by practising yoga regularly.
The following yoga asanas would help restore your healthy vision:
Eye rotation-clockwise and anti-clockwise
It involves rotating your eyes in a circular motion without bending or moving the neck. Do this procedure five times clockwise and then again five times anti-clockwise.
Benefit: This exercise helps to relax the eyes and safeguard them from any disease or disorder. A spurt of blood pumps into the tiny eye muscles that make the eyes more active. It also improves the flexibility of eye muscles.
Eye rotation- sideways/up and down
This exercise is to be done with back and neck straight. One must stretch the eyes as far as possible in the required direction for proper stretching. Do this ten times sideways.Then close your eyes and repeat it ten times for up and down movement.
Benefit: Stretching strengthens the eye muscles. Side movement of eyeballs is good for people with Myopia and Hypermetropia.
Palming involves rubbing the palms vigorously. When they become warm and energised, place them on closed eyes to warm the eyes. You can practise this whenever your eyeds feel tired to calm them. Do this for two minutes or longer if you wish to.
Benefit: This relaxes the optic nerve which ultimately relaxes the eyes. It improves blood circulation and prevents puffiness of eyes.
Sit comfortably and blink your eyes around 10 times quickly. Then, close your eyes for 20 seconds while taking your attention to the breath. Repeat this five times.
Benefit: Blinking helps improve flexibility of the muscles and strengthening them to aid better vision. It will keep the eyes moisten and purify them from any dust or other substance aiding better visibility.
This yoga exercise involves gazing at an object continuously for a specific period of time. Begin it with doing it for ten to fifteen seconds. Then gradually increase the time for better results. The longer the better.
Benefit: This helps improve concentration and vision. Trataka also helps in reducing high myopic powers.
Sit in Padmasana with spine erect. Then, gently place your thumb close to your right nostril. Inhale and exhale forcefully through your left nostril. Switch to follow the pattern and do it for at least 20 minutes.
Benefit: This improves the blood circulation in the body with strengthens the muscle and improves vision. It also refreshes your body and mind.
This involves lying down in a relaxed manner. Keep your hands on either side with palms facing upwards and legs apart. Do this 2-3 times a day, for around 5 minutes each time.
Benefit: This helps relax the body as well as mind. It eases off the tension by relaxing the muscles of the eyes. Relaxed eyes mean better muscle coordination and therefore better vision.
Lie down on a mat and raise your body from the waist upwards with legs erect and toes pointing up. Make sure the posture is straight with hands supporting the waist.Hold the position for atleast sixty seconds.Practice daily to holdthe position for atleast three minutes.
Benefit: This exercise stimulates blood circulation in brain and optic nerve. The muscles of the eyes become stronger with flow of blood and make them healthier. This aids in better vision.
Since eyes are the most abused of the five senses, it is important that we take special care of them. With the increasing work pressure, we just can’t let them suffer. Yoga exercises have proved to be very fruitful for vision. Relaxation is considered to be the best yoga exercise for eyes. They aim to relax both the mind and eyes since they are connected with optic nerve. Any tension or work pressure would affect the eyes and its vision. Therefore, it is important to relax and soothe the mind as well. Mindfully practising yoga along with a well-balanced diet and adequate intake of water will surely reap benefits.
Give the world this International Yoga Day good energy.
Practice yoga and keep your vision clear and healthy.