Yoga for Eyes – Easy Exercises for Good Eye Health

Yoga for Eyes - Easy Exercises for Good Eye Health

Are you suffering from eye problems? Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes frequently? Nowadays, people spend prolonged hours in front of their computer, tablets, TV or phone screens which ends up putting excessive stress on the eye muscles. But, you can say bye-bye to your eye-related problems with these simple eye exercises.

How To Prepare Your Eyes for Practicing Yoga?

Before we dive into the details, let’s find out what you need to do before starting with yoga exercises for the eyes:

  • The first and foremost step is to splash cold water on your eyes.
  • Second, ensure that your spine is straight and you have a good posture.

Yoga Exercises to Improve Eye Health

Did you know that almost 35% of the world’s population is diagnosed with either myopia or hypermetropia? Most often, eye experts recommend glasses to deal with these eye conditions. Though this is one way of maintaining good eyesight, experts also recommend yoga for eye problems to their patients. Let’s take a look at the different exercises.

1. Palming

This is a simple yet effective way to relax your eyes.

How To Do:

  • To begin with, sit straight with your eyes closed. Let your muscles loosen and body relax.
  • Now, rub your palms for about 10-15 seconds to warm them up. Place them over your eyes.
  • Feel the warmth getting transferred from your palms to your eyes.
  • Maintain this asana until the warmth from your hands has been absorbed completely.
  • Now, lower your hands while keeping your eyes closed.
  • Repeat 3 times in a single sitting. It’s a useful exercise to improve your vision.

Breathing Pattern:

During this entire practice, breathe deeply.

2. Blinking

This can help to calm your body and make you fall asleep easily.

How To Do: 

  • Assume a meditative pose, or try Padamasana if you find it comfortable. Keep your eyes open.
  • Now quickly blink your eyes 10 times.
  • Close your eyes for about 20 seconds and concentrate on your breathing.
  • Repeat this 5 times.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Breathe normally while blinking.
  • Breathe deeply while you concentrate on your breathing.

3. Side-to-Side Gaze

This is a great way to exercise your eyes.

How To Do:

  • Sit with your legs stretched out. Your spine should be erect.
  • Lift your arms upwards. Your fists should be closed with the thumbs pointing upward.
  • Without moving your head, movev your eyes to focus on the left and right thumb alternately.
  • Repeat 10 to 20 times.
  • Shift your focus to breathing.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Inhale while looking straight.
  • Exhale while looking sideways.

4. Rotating Eyes

This is another exercise that is good for your eyes.

How To Do:

  • Keep your legs straight in front of your body.
  • Put your left palm on your left knee.
  • Keeping your elbow straight, hold your right fist above your right knee and point your thumb upward.
  • Keep your head still direct your gaze at your right thumb. Focus.
  • Now make a circle with your thumb while keeping your elbow still.
  • Repeat this movement in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction five times.
  • Then repeat with your left thumb.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Make sure you inhale during the upper arc of the circle and exhale when performing the lower arc of the circle.
  • Once you are done, close your eyes and relax.

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5. Front-to-Side Gaze

This exercise will help ease your eye pain.

How To Do:

  • Sit in a comfortable position and stretch your legs out.
  • Close your left fist and then hold it over your left knee. Direct your thumb upward.
  • Now, keep your head still as you shift your focus from a point directly in front of you to your left thumb.
  • Repeat the exercise with your right thumb.
  • Close your eyes and let them relax.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Inhale as you focus on a point in front of you.
  • Exhale as you direct your gaze at your left thumb.
  • Repeat 10 times, with each thumb.

6. Up-to-Down Gaze

The up-to-down gaze is a great way to relax stressed eyes.

How To Do:

  • Sit with your legs stretched in front of your body.
  • Place your fists on the knees with the thumbs pointing upward.
  • Keeping the arm straight, slowly raise your right fist.
  • Follow the thumb with your eyes.
  • Then, gradually follow the movement of your right thumb as you bring it down.
  • Repeat with the left thumb.
  • Practise five times with each thumb.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Inhale while looking upward.
  • Exhale while looking downward.

7. Tip of the Nose Focus

Focusing at the tip of your nose can help you concentrate.

How To Do:

  • Sit down with your legs crossed.
  • Raise your right arm and bring it in front of your nose.
  • Your right fist should be closed and your thumb should be pointing upward.
  •  Focus on the tip of your thumb.
  • Now, bend your arm and bring the thumb to the tip of your nose.
  • Let your eyes follow this movement.
  • Focus for some time on the tip of your thumb and take it back to the original position.
  • Repeat this exercise five times.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Breathe in as you bring the thumb to the tip of your nose.
  • Exhale as you move your arm away from your nose.

8. Near and Distant Viewing

This is a great exercise you can do at work when you’ve been looking at the computer for too long.

How To Do:

  • Sit down or stand in front of a window with a clear view of the horizon. Keep your hands by your side. Gaze at the horizon for 5-10 seconds.
  • Then, concentrate at the tip of your nose for 5-10 seconds.
  • Practice this exercise 10-15 times.

Breathing Pattern:

  • Inhale while you’re looking at a point which is far away. (Distant viewing)
  • Exhale while you bring your gaze to the tip of your nose. (Near viewing)

Once you have completed any of the above exercises, lie down in Shavasana for 10-15 minutes with your eyes closed. You can just close your eyes if lying down is not possible.

FAQs

1. Can Yoga Cure Eye Diseases?

Yoga experts believe that yoga can cure certain eye problems if practiced correctly and regularly.

2. At What Time Should I Perform Yoga for My Eyes?

Yoga for eyes is said to have beneficial effects when performed during the early morning or early evening hours.

Eyes need exercise just like any other part of the body. Follow these simple exercises and see the benefits for yourself.

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