There are many types of yoga out there. Some of them are daring ( aerial or acrobatic yoga), some competitive, ( yoga competitions) some funny ( laughter yoga) and some practical like eye yoga. Eye yoga involves stretching and contracting the eye muscles and also relaxing them. Many age-related vision problems stem from a gradual loss of flexibility and tone in the eye muscles and this can be improved with regular practice. It is also believed that regular eye exercises help improve concentration and creativity as we take our sight inwards. I have heard stories of people whose eyesight remains clear for their whole life by practicing the below.
Here are a set of exercises.
1) Picture a clock face in front of you, and raise your eyeballs up to 12 o’clock. Hold them there for a second, then lower the eyeballs to six o’clock. Hold them there again. Continue moving the eyeballs up and down 10 times, without blinking if possible. Your gaze should be steady and relaxed. Once you finish these 10 movements, rub your palms together to generate heat and gently cup them over your eyes, without pressing. Allow the eyes to relax in complete darkness and concentrate on your breathing.
2) Same as above but look nine o’clock to three o’clock, plus the palming
3)Again as above but diagonally two o’clock to seven o’clock, then the opposite, seven o’clock to two o’clock
4) While sitting relaxed and still, pick a point in the distance and focus on it. Extend your arm and put your thumb right underneath the point of concentration. Now begin shifting your focus between the tip of your thumb and the faraway point, alternating rhythmically between near and distance vision. Repeat the exercise 10 times, then relax your eyes with palming and deep breathing. This helps strengthen the muscles that work the lens of the eye.
5) Gaze at your thumb with your arm extended. This time move the thumb slowly toward the tip of your nose. Pause there for one second. Then reverse the sequence, following the thumb with your eyes as you extend your arm again. As before, repeat the sequence 10 times, then relax with palming.
If it’s good enough for Sir Paul, then why not give it a crack!
Practice for today: Try one of the exercises above. Even the palming which promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation.