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We All Know About Yoga For Our Bodies, But How About Yoga For Our Eyes?

Woman enjoying sunshine in the springWe have posted blogs on all types of yoga including: yoga for beginners; yoga for arthritis sufferers; yoga for those who want to get rid of cellulite; and yoga during pregnancy. But now it is time for our eyes to have a turn – yes, yoga for our eyes. I have a natural-health-conscious friend who turned to this method when she found her eyes were deteriorating - and she is thrilled with the result. Now she finds that she only needs to do the exercises about four times a year to keep her eyes in good condition. "Yoga for eyes" exercises have been in existence for centuries, helping many people to recover their previously perfect vision. It is certainly worth trying if you are concerned about your own eye health– what have you got to lose?

Here are the top ten tips on how to do yoga exercises

1. Start with massaging your lower eyelids with the tips of your ring fingers. 2. Try closing your eyes halfway down. You will notice that your upper lids constantly tremble with this different amplitude. Do your best to limit this trembling by looking at objects that are further away. Slowly close your eyes. At the same time, pretending your eyelids are made out of puffy cottony clouds while imagining that your eyes are becoming very comfortable in this position. Blood (filled with oxygen) will flow into your eye sockets. At the same time, inhale while imagining breezy oxygenated air coming through your nose into the eyes. Exhale through the mouth. Breathe this way for one or two minutes and end this exercise with a smile! 3. Next, concentrate your vision on the tip of your nose and blink. Always remember about the blinking because this will lubricate and cleanse the eyes while at the same time relaxing all those muscles surrounding the eyes. 4. Then sit up straight while looking to the left and holding that position– to stretch your eye muscles – before returning your gaze back to look straight in front of you. Blink again for a few seconds to relax the eyes. Repeat the whole exercise and then move onto to all the other positions (right, up, bottom, right top corner, right bottom corner, left bottom corner and left top corner). Don't forget to keep up with the blinking after each set. 5. Draw a horizontal number eight with your eyes followed by a blnk. 6. Then it is time to draw a circle with your eyes. This time, blink with your eyes closed. 7. Do you know what palming is? We explained the process in an earlier post which you will find here. Performing palming will help to relax your eyes. 8. Spend 2 minutes to give yourself an eye acupressure massage to prepare your eyes for the rest of the eye exercises. Here is the video link showing how to do all these exercises for eye yoga - including the acupressure massage. 9. You are doing well so now it is time to perform some focusing exercises. First, look at the tip of your nose and then on the far object and back to the tip of your nose. Repeat the exercise 10 times but choose different objects each time in the distance, taking time to look at each of them in turn. 10. Finally, complete the cycle with a second palming exercise to relax your eyes.

Other ways to keep your eyes healthy

On the subject of eye health, age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the most common cause of blindness among the elderly and yet it may be largely preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet.
  • To protect your eyesight, eat plenty of fresh berries and vegetables, especially deep green, blue, orange and red varieties.
  • Include these supplements for extra benefit - astaxanthin, omega-3, vitamin D, lutein and zeaxanthin.
You can find out a great deal more on nutrition for good eye health on this site. Apart from eye exercises and improved nutrition, there are other ways to keep your eyes young and healthy and we shared ten such ways with you in our earlier post.

Prevent any toll on our eyesight

Unfortunately, and with ageing, the surface of the cornea flattens so less light gets into the eye. At the same time the macula (essential for reading and seeing the small print and fine details) becomes thinner. While lots of different reasons can lead to these changes, we can halt the progression through diet and exercise.