Yoga for Eye Care
Yoga is an ancient Indian science of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago. Yoga helps to keep our body and mind clean and calm to lead a life of benevolence. The practice of Yoga exercises or Asanas on a regular basis can improve your health, immunity, and develop mental awareness. It helps to keep our body and mind in self-control. Yoga plays a significant role in promoting eye health. According to yoga, the regulation of all the functions of eyes is done by the panch mahabhutas present in the body. They are responsible for governing the muscular part of the eye, the blood vessels, color, the white area and the tear ducts and channels.
Yoga offers a series of corrective measures for defective eyesight. According to yoga, the to improve your eyesight is to keep yourself relaxed without any mental strain. For this, yoga suggests certain yogi practices in order to keep your eyes healthy. Some of them are:
Jal neti is practiced by nasal irrigation with water, which is very helpful to keep the sinuses, throat and nasal tract free from any infection. As a result of this the eyes remain free from strain and congestion leading to improved eyesight. The best time to practice jal neti is in the morning before pranayama. A person would never need spectacles if, jal neti is performed on a regular basis.
Meditation and Visualization
This is one of the most effective methods of eye care. To perform this, first of all sit comfortably in vajrasana, padmasana or siddhasana. Take a normal breath, close your eyes and relax. All the body parts should be physically and mentally relaxed. There should be a harmony between your body and soul. Now, slowly concentrate on your eyeballs and make a virtual picture of them in your mind. Now, if your are suffering from myopia, then tell your eyes to contract the image of any object to coincide on the retina and in case you are long sighted tell your eyes to elongate the image to coincide on the retina. You can think about some inspirational thoughts like iI have no problems in my eyes, I can see crystal clear with my eyes'. This exercise should be performed for 15-20 minutes twice a day.
To begin this, first of all lay on the ground in such a way that all the body parts from the toes to the head should be in a relaxed state. Now close your eyes. This posture brings total calmness to the body and mind, which has a positive effect on eyes also.
Eye relaxation is very essential in order to proper functioning of eyes. For this, first sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Now, cover your eyes with your palms gently. Rest for five minutes in this position.
Now stand in front of an open window, keeping your feet apart and arms hanging loosely in a relaxed manner. Now oscillate your body side to side gently just like a pendulum. After that, start raising your heels alternatively. Keep the toes firmly on the ground during this. Now swing your entire body in a to and fro motion without bending the waist and hips. Your eyes should be open in the beginning but close your eyes after one minute of swinging. Now feel the movement of the window as clearly as possible. Now, open your eyes after one minute and continue this exercise for at least 10 minutes. Close and open your eyes alternately while performing this. Repeat this exercise at least thrice a day.
Stand facing the sun and close your eyes and start moving your head side by side. The sunrays are capable of enhancing the flow of blood to the eyes and thus relaxing the optical nerves and muscles. Continue for ten minutes and repeat this thrice a day.
Nadi shodhan pranayama (alternative breathing) is the best form of pranayama suited to eyes. It always starts and ends with the left nose. This pranayama should be practiced in the mornings and evenings on an empty stomach. At least five cycles of nadi shodham pranayama should be practiced daily.
Some other yogic exercise for Eye Muscles
First of all sit in an erect and comfortable posture with your head and neck completely relaxed. Start moving your eyes up and down gently for ten times. The motion should be slow, uniform and effortless. During this there should be no movement in the head and the neck. Allow your eyes to see up and down as far as possible but without putting any strain. Repeat it for five to six times. Now, sitting in the same position start moving your eyes side to side. Repeat this for 10 times. This exercise relaxes our eye muscles and thus reduces strain.
Sit erect in a comfortable position. Keep your head and neck as relaxed as possible. Gently move your eyes up and down 10 times. The movement should be very slow, uniform and effortless, without moving the head or neck. Let your eyes see as far up and as far down as possible without causing strain. As the eye muscles relax, you will be able to look lower and higher. Repeat this exercise five to six times in a sitting. You can add to the relaxation by resting your eyes in your palms in-between.
Sit on a terrace from where far objects are visible Try to look at a distant object and then look at the tip of your nose. Look from one to the other object 10 times. Close your eyes for a second and repeat the exercise. Repeat five times and rest your eyes.
Thus, by practicing some yogic exercises on daily basis we can keep our eyes fit and prevent them from the diseases too.