Eyes are the windows of our souls and they help us to relish beautiful things in lives. With proper care and nourishment, we can improve eye vision and prevent them from developing signs of aging like wrinkles and puffiness.
Though, puffiness is age related but at times, it can also be result of over exertion of eyes while working for long hours on computer or watching television or playing video games. It is always advisable to take breaks in between any strenuous eye focusing work, to reduce possibility of puffy eyes that makes the appearance shabby and unimpressive. Sleepless nights or sleeping for prolonged hours may also result in puffy eyes.
Useful Yoga For Curing Puffy Eyes
Fortunately puffy eyes are not a permanent issue and can be easily removed with proper care. By including eye exercises and proper asanas, eye muscles can be strengthened and blood circulation in eyes can be improved.
Pranayama is a yogic breathing that focuses on controlling flow of breath (prana) and is very effective for maintaining good health of all body systems and vital organs, including eyes. For improving vitality of eyes, different forms of pranayama like Kapalbhati pranayama, anuloma viloma pranayama and Bahya pranyama need to be performed.
Kapalbhati emphasizes on short passive inhlaationas and forceful exhalations that are repeated quite rapidly, whereas in Anuloma Viloma, nostril breathing technique is employed with breathing through one nostril at a time and exhaling through the other. Bahya pranayama is performed to strengthen core muscles by holding on the exhaled breath that supports contraction of core muscles and heals puffy eyes.
Eye puffiness can be easily overcome by performing eye exercises that relax the eye muscles and tone them up, improving blood circulation to them. This aids in diminishing effects of stress and fatigue that remains the major factor for formation of puffy eyes. Move eyes in slow rotation, while keeping the head steady. Then make the eyes rest by placing index fingers over the eyebrows, while closing ears with help of thumb and gently pressing over the closed eyelids with remaining 3 fingers, for a few minutes.
Palming can also be performed that involves eyes relaxation using warmth of palms. First rub both hands vigorously to generate some warmth and then place each palm of the hand over sockets of each eye. This is very effective exercises for distressing eyes while working for continuous long hours. Keep performing it for 15 minutes by taking break from the eye straining task, after every 1 to 2 hours.
For eye health, Sarvangasan (shoulder stand) which stimulates chest, shoulders, back, neck, face and eyes is immensely beneficial as it soothes the nervous system and aids in functioning of complete body.
For this reason, it is also referred as ‘queen of all yoga postures’. Halasana (Plough pose) and chakrasana (wheel pose) or Paschimottanasan (seated forward bend) are all equally beneficial for reducing eye puffiness by enhancing blood circulation flow through the body, especially head, face and eyes.
Acupressure points that rejuvenate the eye muscles are located in feet and hands. In hands, it is located on the palm side, at the depression formed between the index and middle fingers. Use thumb of opposite hand to press the acupressure point firmly for 5 times.
On the soles, the acupressure point lies beneath the meeting point of first two toes starting from the big toe. Keep the foot in lap and press the point with thumb and release after 5 minutes. These acupressure points need to press and released twice in a day to get rid of eye puffiness that is mainly the result of stress or extreme tiredness.
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