One of the most important, but oft-neglected aspects of body fitness is eye health. The eyes are windows to a person’s soul. If this is true, then it is absolutely important to take look into its health and fitness from time to time. Invariably, after a certain age, a person’ eyes undergo negative changes. This can be delayed or prevented, depending on the case and the issue on hand.
While people may take some time out and exercise, there are not many people who spend time exercising the muscles in the eyes. Several experts recommend Yoga for eyes, in order to prevent eye problems. Yoga for eye health includes various exercises and techniques to improve overall eye health. Yoga for eyesight consists of mainly those exercises that relax the mind and keep it devoid of any thought, just like in the case of meditation.
In fact, the people who practice yoga regularly often claim that after meditation the eyes feel much more relaxed. Yoga exercises eyes and they are connected to the brain via the optic nerves. This also regulates the nerve impulses in the muscles of the eyes. Therefore, yoga for eyes exercises not just reduce the tension in the eyes, but can also help in the reduction of stress throughout the body.
Yoga eye health exercises are the most effective, if they are practiced while you are lying down, preferably after you have finished practicing your other yoga asanas (poses). This helps you save time, as you are exercising your eye muscles and resting after yoga, at the same time. Given below are some of the most common and effective yoga exercises for the eyes:
Importance of Eye Exercises:
According to yoga, a lot of eye problems are due to a loss of muscle tone in the eyes. The loss of elasticity in the eyes reduces the ability to focus at different distances resulting in weaker eyesight. Eye exercises are important as they reduce tension in the eye muscles.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney released his own eye yoga video in 2009. McCartney learned this method from a man he met in India. He claims exercises have helped him retain his 20/20 vision. Researchers at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore found that a combination of yoga techniques practiced for sixty days improved visual comfort and reduced dry eyes. The study suggests the practice of yoga can be a potential noninvasive intervention for visual discomfort related to working on computers.
Yoga Exercises for Improving Eyesight:
Up and down: Raise your eyes and find a small point that you can see clearly without straining, without frowning, without becoming tense and, of course, without moving your head. While doing this exercise look at this point each time you raise your eyes. Next, lower your eyes to find a small point on the floor which you can see clearly when glancing down. Look at it each time you lower your eyes. Breathing should be normal. Move your eyes upwards as far as you can, and then downwards as far as you can. Repeat four more times. Blink quickly a few times 1 to relax the eye muscles.
Right and left: Now do the same using points to your right and to your left, at eye level. Keep your raised fingers or two pencils on each side as guides and adjust them so that you can see them clearly when moving the eyes to the right and to the left, but without straining. Keeping the fingers at eye level, and moving only the eyes, look to the right at your chosen point, then to the left. Repeat four times. Blink several times, then close your eyes and rest.
Contraction: Close your eyes as tightly as you possibly can. Really squeeze the eyes, so the eye muscles contract. Hold this contraction for three seconds, and then let go quickly. Tip: This exercise causes a deep relaxation of the eye muscles, and is especially beneficial after the slight strain caused by the eye exercises. Blink the eyes a few times.
Palming: Use your hands so that your palms cup your eyes. This technique to improve and strengthen vision is called palming. You don’t need to put any pressure on. Make it so that your eyes can blink if you want them to. Rub your hands together before you do this to help generate some energy and just let your hands warm your eyes. This really helps heal and nourish them, and takes out any tension in your eyes.
Rolling: This exercise should not be done until three or four days after you have begun eye exercises given here. Slowly roll your eyes first clockwise, then counterclockwise as follows: Lower your eyes and look at the floor, then slowly move the eyes to the left, higher and higher until you see the ceiling. Now continue circling to the right, lower and lower down, until you see the floor again. Do this slowly, making a full-vision circle. Blink, close your eyes and rest. Then repeat the same action counterclockwise. Do this five times then blink the eyes for at least five seconds. Tip: When rolling the eyes, make as large a circle as possible, so that you feet a little strain as you do the exercise. This stretches the eye muscles to the maximum extent, giving better results.