May 04

Yoga Exercises for The Eyes

Yoga starts with exercises that would relax the mind and the body. Following breathing exercises, the yogi maintains the Accomplished Pose or the Siddhasana with eye exercises. Eye strain has always been a problem for me because I stare at the computer monitor for hours everyday. Sometimes I also drag on through the rest of the night working on my computer when I get home. And if I don’t stare at the monitor, I would watch TV or DVDs or even read a book before I sleep. For most of my activities, my eyes have taken the beating. As such, working on my eyes have become an essential part of my yoga exercise.

There are five yoga exercises that can be performed before starting with more difficult poses. These strengthen the eye muscles, help prevent eyestrain, and improve eyesight. These involve moving the eyes in different directions while keeping the neck and head steady. Sometimes, we do all 5 exercises, while other times we just alternate doing 2 or 3 on the list below. Each set is usually performed 2 times.

1. Look up then look down

2. Look left then look right

3. Look to the upper right then look to the bottom left

4. Look to the upper left then look to the bottom right

5. Look up then roll your eyes clockwise, then roll your eyes counterclockwise

After these exercises, these can be followed with another where you hold your thumb about a foot from your face. Then move your eyes from the thumb to the wall beyond the thumb. Finally, you need to soothe the eyes following these stretches. Rub your palms together till you feel that both have become warm. Then close your eyes and cover each with a warm palm — there is no need touch your eyelids with your palm. Just make sure the the sides of your hands touch the outer areas around the eye to keep the heat over your eyes. These can be done 2 or 3 times.

By the way, I want to make it clear that I am not the lady in the picture above. I am much younger than her, and I intend to keep looking younger as I continue practicing yoga regularly :-)).

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  1. Rena Ravi says:

    Very carefully practise eye exercise. Because over eye strain lead to head ache.
    Rena Ravi

  2. faith says:

    Thanks for the tip Rena. It’s good to just do 2 or 3 eye exercise types during a session. The others can be done on the next session. We usually alternate these.


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