Yoga for Eyes


Eyes is a very important part of a human’s life. Without eyes, life is incomplete. In today’s generation, the use of digital screens in the form of mobile phone, tablets and laptops has been so much increased which causes eye problem to every person and this can impact his quality of time. Person with poor eye vision will have to face many problems like driving, reading, cooking and many other activities that requires visual acuity. Additionally, eye problems can also cause pain and irritation which results in a big problem in future.

Eye problems can occurs due to many causes such as genetics, age, overuse of digital screens and many more and these causes can cause eye strain, headaches, fatique and many more problems in the body. So, to control these problems , Yoga is known as an effective tool as it can increases the blood flow and oxygen to the eyes which can improves your eye health.

Here are some yoga poses that can help you in maintaining eye health properly :-

1. Lion Pose (Simhasana)

Simhasana for eyes

This pose helps in strengthening the eye muscles and also reduces the tension in the eyes.

How to do :-

  1. Start asana by seating comfortable either in cross-legged or in kneeling position.
  2. Put both hands on your knees and take a few deep breaths to focus.
  3. Take a deep breath using nose and during exhaling, open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue as far as you can while roaring like a lion.
  4. As you exhale, look at the space between the both of eyebrows.
  5. Hold the pose for few breaths. then release tongue and close the mouth.
  6. Repeat this asana for several rounds, then take some deep breaths and return to neutral.

2. Skull-Shining Breath (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Kapalbhati Pranayama for eyes

This pranayama helps in improving the blood circulation to the eyes and also reduces eye strain. This pranayama clears the mind and energizes the body also.

How to do :-

  1. Start by sitting in a comfortable cross-legged position with your straight back and both hands on the knees.
  2. Take some deep breaths for relaxing the body and calming the mind.
  3. Inhale deeply to begin the exercise, then exhale forcefully through the nose, drawing the abdomen towards the spine.
  4. During exhaling, focus on releasing air forcefully through your nostrils, allowing your abdomen to contract naturally.
  5. Repeat this process, inhale deeply and exhale quickly through your nose for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds.
  6. After completing the exercise, take some deep breaths to relax and return to your normal breathing system.

3. Eye rotations

Eye rotations

This exercise can helps in improving the blood circulation to the eyes and also reduces eye strain.

How to do :-

  1. Sit/Stand comfortably with your head facing forward.
  2. Focus on an imaginary point in front of you.
  3. Move your eyes slowly in a circular motion (first in clockwise and then in anti-clockwise).
  4. Start with small circles and slowly increase the size of the circles.
  5. Move your eyes only. Keep the head still.
  6. Repeat the exercise for 8-10 times in each direction.

4. Palming

Palming for eyes

It is a technique used in yoga to reduce eye strain and to promote relaxation to the body. It is a very great technique for the person, who spends a lot of time on digital screens.

How to do :-

  1. Start the exercise by sitting on the chair with your eyes closed.
  2. Rub both the hands forcefully until they feel warm.
  3. Place palms over the closed eyes, making sure to cover eye sockets completely.
  4. Relax your shoulders and breathe deeply, allowing both eyes to rest behind warm palms.
  5. Hold the position for 2 minutes approx, until you feel relaxed.
  6. Move your palms away slowly and open your eyes. Take some time to adjust to the light.

5. Candle Gazing (Trataka)

Trataka for eyes

This exercise enhances the focus, concentration and mental clarity as well as promotes relaxation which gives relaxation to the eyes.

How to do :-

  1. Start the exercise by sitting comfortably on a chair with your back straight at the quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. Place a candle on the table in frint of you (at your eye level).
  3. Light the candle, gaze at the flame and focus on the flickering light. Try tp keep your gaze relaxed without starring too hard.
  4. As you gaze at flame continuously, youa may feel that your mind becomes relaxed.
  5. You can practice this exercise as much as you want, but it is recommended to start with a few minutes and increase the time slowly as you become more comfortable with this.
  6. During the closure of the exercise, close your eyes gently and take some deep breaths.

6. Near-Far focus exercise

Near-Far focus exercise for eyes

This is also known as eye exercise with pencil. This exercise helps you in improving your ability to quickly adjust from near to far distances.

How to do :-

  1. Start by sitting on the chair in a comfortable position and hold a pencil at arm’s length in front of you, with the tip facing away from you.
  2. Focus completely on the tip.
  3. Focusing on the tip, bring the pencil closer to your face slowly.
  4. As the pencil gets too close for you to focus on the point, turn your focus to a distant object behind the pencil.
  5. Move the pencil back to your arm’s length slowly while continuing to focus on the distant object.
  6. Repeat the process several times, focusing on the pencil which is moving near to far.

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