Your eyes remain active throughout the day. They rest only when you sleep. During the day while you are driving, working on a computer, reading or watching TV etc. your eye muscles get strained and tired. As a result you suffer from various kinds of eye ailments.
Common eye problems are watery eyes, redness in eyes, puffy eyes and muscle strain. Regular practice of yoga exercises for eyes and relaxation techniques can prevent and cure eye problems. They improve blood circulation and help to relax and strengthen eye muscles, reduce stress and improve vision. Eye exercises prevent wrinkles and aging lines around the eyes.
Yoga Asanas For Eye Problems
Sarvanga Asana (Shoulder Stand)
Sarvanga asana helps blood to flow upwards and it stimulates blood circulation in brain and optic nerves.
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To Perform Sarvanga Asana
Lie down on your back with arms placed along the sides and legs stretched out. Take a deep breath, slowly lift your legs while exhaling, bring your legs up to 90 degree angle and lift your lower back and hips. Place your hands under waist for support. Your weight should rest on your shoulders. Fix your gaze on the toes and hold the pose for 3 minutes. Breathe normally while holding the pose.
To come out of the pose; first take your legs a little backwards, fold the legs and gently lower your back to the ground and come back to starting position. Relax in Shava Asana for 2-3 minutes.
Hala Asana (The Plough Pose)
Hala asana has the same benefits as Sarvanga Asana and you can extend Sarvanga Asana and move in to Hala Asana.
To Perform Hala Asana
Lie down on your back, inhale and slowly lift your legs while exhaling. Lift your legs, hips and back as for Sarvanga Asana and take your legs over the head and lower them to touch the floor behind you. If you cannot touch the floor then take the legs as far back as you comfortably can. Breathe normally and close your eyes. Hold the pose for 2-3 minutes.
When coming out of the pose; lift your legs one by one, fold the knees and slowly lower your back to the floor and lower the legs. Relax in Shava Asana for 2 minutes.
Yoga Breathing Exercises For Eye Problems
Yoga breathing exercises bring health and vitality to eyes. They stimulate blood circulation, reduce dark circles around the eyes and improve vision.
Bhramari Pranayama is also called the Humming Bird exercise. It helps to improve focus and coordination between both eyes.
To Perform Bhramari Pranayama
Sit in a cross legged position. Close your eyes and close your ears by lightly pressing the thumbs on them. Place your index fingers on the forehead, middle fingers in between your eyebrows and ring and little fingers at the base of nostrils. Focus your attention in the centre of your eyebrows. Take a deep breath through the nose, hold the breath for 2-3 seconds then slowly exhale through the nose while producing a humming sound. Your mouth should remain closed. Repeat 5 times.
Yoga Eye Exercises
Rotate your eyes slowly in clockwise and anticlockwise direction 5-10 times on each side. Do not move your head.
Up Down Movement
Look up at the ceiling then shift your gaze to the floor and then look up again. Do it 10 times without blinking. Afterwards close your eyes and gently press them with your palms.
Exercise To Improve Focus
Light a candle and place it at an arm’s length distance at eye level. Focus on the candle without blinking for 5 seconds then close your eyes and try to visualize the flame. Repeat 5 times.
Preserve the precious gift of God by practicing the above mentioned Yoga Exercises for Eye Problems.