Many a false step was made by standing still
~ Fortune cookie
Eye yoga exercises had existed for centuries and helped many people regain back their natural eyesight.
They are easy to do and can be done anywhere and anytime.
It helps us to use our eyes to their fullest capability which is not allowed in our current way of life.
In the older days, our ancestors get to see a horizon of blue sky and unlimited peripheral vision.
Today, we are towered by high rise buildings and offices and we live in small spaces further limiting our chances to use our distance vision.
We spent most of our time doing close up work and staring at the 15 inch computer which limits our eye movement and creates a lot of near-point stress.
These yoga for eye exercises aim to return our eyes to its natural state.
Eye exercises also let you learn how to maintain optimal eye health such as avoiding eye strain and excessive near-point stress; and keeping the eye moist.
These are probably the biggest factor in causing bad eyesight.
This article shares with you 5 popular eye yoga exercises which you can do now.
A typical set of eye exercises routine maybe something like this. It will give you a feel of how an eye exercise program will be like.
I will recommend that you find a comfortable sitting position (either a chair with good padding or cross legged on a thick yoga mat) and do these exercises in a room without distraction.
Try not to use corrective lens during all these exercises.
Warm up is important for all sort of exercises.
By increasing circulation to the eyes, it helps reduce your risk of the aches and pains that may come with exercise.
Before we start the eye exercises, we have to stretch our eye extraocular muscles first.
Instructions for warm up are listed below.
Keep your head stationary throughout the exercise.
We are working on the eyes here. Not our body. ^_^
This eye yoga exercise aims to improve your eyes flexibility. You can either do it with eyes open or close.
In the beginning, get a friend to check whether you are doing it properly will help a lot.
Accommodation (the process of eyes changing focus) is probably the most often performed function of the eyes.
When people depend on glasses, their eyes become lazy which eventually leads to weakening in accommodation ability and their eye muscles.
This eye yoga exercise rectifies that.
You can improvise this exercise everywhere you go.
Instead of a book, you can use your wristwatch and a distance clock (trace the numbers).
Your thumb and a distance car. It is all up to your creativity. Do it as often as possible.
This yoga for eye exercise is designed to improve your ability to accommodate and the acuity of your distance vision.
It is also a relaxation technique.
To do this eye exercise, you will need a blank wall, a comfortable chair and some large letters (you can cut them from newspaper headline or cardboard container).
Now we need to relax the muscles that have been worked.
Palming is a great cool down (relaxation) exercise.
According to Robert Abel, author of The Eye Care Revolution, our photoreceptors break down and are reconstructed every minute.
“The eye desperately needs darkness to recover from the constant stress of light,” he says. “And the simplest way to break eye stress is to take a deep breath, cover your eyes, and relax.”
Personally I like to do palming frequently throughout the day so that my eyes can get adequate rest.
Remember to find a chair and a table so that you can place your arms on.
So try out these 5 eye yoga exercises and see the results for yourself.
are fun and can be done anytime of the day to improve your eyesight
For best result, try doing them when your eyes are still fresh.
I do mine the moment I wake up everyday to avoid not doing them due to cumbersome activities that may pile up as the day goes by.
For maximum relaxation, consider massaging some acupressure points for 5 mins daily.They are very effective in relieving the built up stress caused by prolonged hours of close up work.
Hope it helps.
Which works for you? Are you doing any other eye yoga exercises that has been beneficial to you? Share it with us! We will love to hear from you.
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