Yoga For The Eyes – Improve Your Eyesight With These Easy Exercises September 27, 2016

Yoga is an incredible practice. It has a cure for every ailment and enhances the working of all the different organs in your body. Your eyes are no different. Practicing certain yoga exercises will help you cure and overcome short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and various other visual disorders.

About 35% of the world is either myopic or hypermetropic, and most of the times, glasses are prescribed to overcome the problem. But you might be astonished to know that glasses do not cure bad vision. In fact, the powerful lenses can only worsen the problem. Therefore, it is important to use glasses only when necessary.

Glaucoma is one of the only diseases of the eye that is caused by the incitement of bacterial infections. But apart from that, yoga can cure all the problems that are caused due to the ill-functioning of the ocular muscles, or because of significant emotional and mental stress. Just a few months of practice can totally repair your eyesight.

What You Should Know Before You Practice Yoga For The Eyes

These are two pointers you must keep in mind before you do this little workout for your eyes.

  1. It is recommended you splash your eyes with cold water before you start off with these exercises.
  1. Also, you must keep your spine and head absolutely erect while you practice these asanas.

Yoga For Eyes – Improve Your Eyesight Naturally 

Given here are the 8 therapeutic exercises in yoga for eyesight that are sure to work.

  1. Palming
  2. Blinking
  3. Gazing From Side To Side
  4. Gazing From Front To Side
  5. Rotational Viewing
  6. Gazing From Up To Down
  7. Gazing At The Tip Of Your Nose
  8. Near And Distant Viewing

1. Palming

1. Palming

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  1. To start off, sit erect, with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply. You may assume the Sukhasana or the Vajrasana if you are comfortable with it. Relax.
  1. Rub your palms such that they become warm, and place them over your eyelids.
  1. Feel the warmth of your palms being transmitted to your eyes. This will help the muscles relax as your eyes delve in the soothing darkness.
  1. Hold the asana until all the heat in your palms is completely absorbed by the eyes.
  1. Lower your hands as you still keep your eyes closed.

For best results, repeat this thrice in a single sitting.

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2. Blinking

2. Blinking

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  1. Sit in a meditative pose. You could consider the Padmasana if you are comfortable. Keep your eyes open.
  1. Now blink your eyes quickly. Possibly 10 times.
  1. Close your eyes and relax as you concentrate on your breathing for about 20 seconds.

For best results, repeat this exercise about five times.

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3. Gazing From Side To Side

 3. Gazing From Side To Side

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  1. Sit in the Dandasana, with your legs stretched out in front of your body.
  1. Lift your arms up. Then, close your fist and point your thumb upward.
  1. Set your gaze at a point straight in front of you at the eye level.
  1. Your head must be fixed at this position, and your focus must shift as follows:
  1. The space between the eyebrows. Inhale.
  1. The left thumb. Exhale.
  1. The space between the eyebrows. Inhale.
  1. The right thumb. Exhale.
  1. Repeat this exercise about 15 to 20 times, and then close your eyes and relax.

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4. Gazing From Front To Side

  1. Sit in the Dandasana, with your legs stretched out in front of your body.
  1. Close your left fist and rest it on the left knee. Point your thumb upward.
  1. Set your gaze at a point straight in front of you at the eye level.
  1. Your head must be fixed at this position, and your focus must shift as follows:
  • Set your gaze on your left thumb. Exhale.
  • Focus on the point you set at the eye level in front of you. Inhale.
  • Repeat the process with your right thumb.
  • Do this at least 10 times on each side. Then, close your eyes and relax.

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5. Rotational Viewing

  1. Sit in the Dandasana, with your legs stretched out in front of your body.
  1. Place your left palm on the left knee.
  1. Hold the right fist above the right knee, and point your thumb upwards. You must make sure your elbow is straight.
  1. Keep your head still, and set your gaze on your thumb. Focus.
  1. Circle your thumb as you keep your elbows absolutely straight.
  1. Move your gaze as your thumb moves.
  1. Repeat this five times clockwise, and five times anti-clockwise.
  1. Remember to breathe in when you finish the upper arc of the circle, and breathe out when you finish the lower arc.
  1. Repeat the exercise with the left thumb.
  1. Close your eyes and relax.

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6. Gazing From Up To Down

  1. Sit in the Dandasana, with your legs stretched out in front of your body.
  1. Now, place the closed fists of both your hands on the respective knees, and point the thumbs of both the hands upwards.
  1. Raise the right fist above the right knee. You must make sure your elbow is straight.
  1. As you do this, let your gaze follow the motion of your thumb. Inhale.
  1. When your thumb reaches the highest point, bring it back to position. Let your gaze follow your thumb as it moves downwards. Exhale.
  1. Keep your head still.
  1. Repeat this exercise with your left thumb, making sure you practice the exercise at least five times with each thumb.
  1. Close your eyes and relax.

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7. Gazing At The Tip Of Your Nose

  1. Assume the Sukhasana or the Padmasana.
  1. Lift the right arm such that it is right in front of the nose.
  1. Fist your right palm and allow your thumb to point upwards.
  1. Let your eyes focus on the tip of the thumb. Exhale.
  1. Bend the arm such that the thumb is at the tip of the nose. Make sure your gaze follows the movement of the thumb.
  1. Hold the gaze at the tip of the nose for a few seconds. Inhale.
  1. As you continue to leave your gaze on the thumb, straighten your arms. Exhale.
  1. Repeat this five times.

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8. Near And Distant Viewing 

  1. Sit or stand by your window, such that you can look out at your horizon. Place your hands by your side. Gaze at a focal point for about five to 10 seconds. Exhale.
  1. Now, focus on the tip of your nose for about five to 10 seconds. Inhale.
  1. Practice this at least 10 to 15 times.

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Once you finish all the exercises, lie down in the Shavasana for about 10 minutes and relax. Breathe slowly and deeply.

Make a habit of practicing these therapeutic exercises in yoga for eyes. Your eyes are windows to your soul. Take care of them.

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