Eyes are most sensitive organ which needs utmost care.Simple eye yogic exercises can cure many defects in your vision. It relaxes and revitalizes the eye muscles without any side-effects. It also improves its focusing power.

Wearing specs or lenses eclipses your power of attraction. Moreover, your dependency on lenses increases, with its frequent use. If your vision is slightly defective or on the onset of weak eye muscles, this is the right time to start yoga. You can see the difference within 8-10 weeks of yoga exercises for eyes. With more vigorous practice, you will gain more.

Sparkling eye reflects your feelings, emotions & mental state. If you aspire to have flawless eyes with healthy vision, start practicing eye exercises. Therapy yoga suggests some simple exercises to improve the eyesight without any side-effect. Additionally, if you start following the traditional ayurvedic lifestyle, the results will be amazing. Moreover, it costs nothing.

Common eyes disorders

The defect in eyes can range from short or long-sightedness, squint, cataract, glaucoma or other. If the problem is at early stage, then it can be cured. And, if the same problem is in deplorable condition, then it may advisable to consult eye specialist before doing yoga eye exercises. All yoga practices for eyes are gentle with simple sitting in asanas.

There is not one specific reason for defective vision or weak eye muscles. Poor diet, hereditary problem, unhygienic living surroundings, and unorganized lifestyle are the key reasons for poor vision and regular strain in eyes. Starting yoga at the right time can save you from future complications of the eyes. The problem becomes irrevocable at higher stage.

Eyes are most delicate organ of your body.  Yoga suggests some simple exercises for eyes to rejuvenate weak muscles, sight & spark. Yoga teacher training course induces mental peace which is pre-requisite for sound sleep. It also soothes the tired eyes. Meditation relaxes the mind in most natural way. Hatha yoga soothes all the five sense organs of your body.

Simple tips to relax eyes:

  • Walk barefoot on morning grass
  • Wash your eyes with fresh water
  • Drink lot of water in a day
  • Avoid smoking & alcohol
  • Take enough sleep (7-8 hours)

How to practice

Yogic eye exercises should be performed in correct sequence. The best time to practice is either morning or evening time. Choose the right place and pick up a fixed time for practice. Don’t wear specs or contact lenses during the entire session of each practice. Always relax and gives rest to your eyes at the end of each exercise. Never overdo any session in a fit of excitement.

Palming for Eye Relaxation

  • Sit comfortably at chair or floor with mental relaxation
  • Close your eyes and rub the palms until get heated
  • Put your energized palms over eyelids gently
  • Feel transfer of energy from hands to eyes
  • Lower your hands and relax the eyes
  • Repeat the same for at least three times

Benefits:

It soothes & relaxes your eye muscles in a most natural way. It also corrects your poor vision by stimulating the eye muscles. It improves the secretion of vital liquid running between cornea and lens of your eyes.

Sideways Viewing

  • Sit comfortably on floor with legs straight
  • Raise your arms to the shoulders length
  • Close your fingers to make fist with thumb upwards
  • Focus your attention on left thumb, then between eyebrows
  • Turn your attention to right thumb, then between eyebrows
  • Close your eyes and relax your body
  • You may perform palming your eyes
  • Exhale while looking sides, inhale while coming to center

Benefits:

It relieved you from the heaviness in eyes and mental retardation after prolonged reading, writing or any desk work. It also gives relaxation to your tired mind. It also helps in the prevention of squint eyes.

Front & Sideways Viewing

  • Sit comfortably on floor with legs straight
  • Raise right arm to the shoulders length
  • Place left fist on the left knee
  • Focus your eyes on left thumb without neck movement
  • Turn your focus on the right thumb and then turn centr
  • Repeat the same for 10 times
  • Relax your body and perform palming exercise
  • Inhale while looking side, exhale on looking forward

Benefits:

It gradually improves the delicate upper and lower muscles of the eyeball. It also improves the malfunctioning of the eye muscles if practiced with patience and continuity. It calms and relaxes the tired mind.

Up & Down Viewing

  • Sit comfortably on floor with legs straight
  • Clasp your fingers to make fist
  • Place both fists on the knees with arms straight
  • Slowly raise left thumb with eyes focused on movement
  • Focus your eyes on thumb without moving head
  • Practice the same movement with right thumb
  • Repeat 10 times with each thumb
  • Take rest by deep breath by closing eyes
  • Inhale while raising focus & exhale while lowering eyes

Benefits:

It gradually improves the delicate upper and lower muscles of the eyeball. It also corrects your blurred vision by stimulating the eye muscles. It relieves your tired eye muscles.

Rotational Viewing

  • Sit comfortably on floor with legs straight
  • Place right hand on the right knee
  • Make circular motion with left arm
  • Keep the eyes focused on the thumb with no head movement
  • Perform 10 times clockwise & anti-clockwise
  • You can perform palming for better results

Benefits:

It gently improves the coordinated activities of all the eye muscles. It also improves the eye sight if take proper sleep and yogic diet. It also lessens your dependency on specs and contact lens.

Nosetip Gazing (nasikagra drishti)

  • Sit comfortably on floor with legs straight
  • Straight your left arm in front of nose
  • Make fist with left hand with thumb upwards
  • Focus your eyes on tip of the thumb
  • Fold arm and bring thumb to the nose-tip
  • Gently straighten the arm with non-stop gaze at thumb-tip
  • This is one round. Practice for 10 rounds
  • Inhale when making fist & exhale while opening it

Benefits:

With daily practice of 15-20 minutes, you can remove many defects from the eyes. Nose-tip gazing steadily improves the focus power of the eye muscles. It removes all the tiredness & sluggishness of the eyes. It also improves your eye sight if practiced gradually.

Precautions

Yoga wants patience and perseverance from each yoga practitioner. Don’t expect result instantly. You need to cultivate good habits which are beneficial to eyes. If you suffer from serious vision distortion, consult an eye specialist before starting yoga exercise for eyes.

  • Practice kunjal kriya under yoga guru
  • Avoid if you suffer from serious glaucoma problem
  • Discontinue if excessive water comes from eyes
  • Don’t practice if suffer from serious backache
  • Always practice shavasana after session is over
Written by : Yogi Simant

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