It’s been said that the eyes are the window to our souls. Their depths know no bounds. They are also a big part of how we see and interact with our world, and how we exchange energy from within ourselves into our surroundings.
We use our eyes a lot each day, especially now, in the age of digital devices, and the wear can take its toll. So how can we take care of our eyes, making sure they are operating at their optimum level? I’m so glad you asked!
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4 Eye Yoga Exercises
This may seem like a silly “exercise,” but simply blinking intentionally can help your eyes. In the modern-day, we spend an incredible amount of time looking at digital screens, whether they’re computers, tablets, televisions, or cell phones. When we look at a screen, we often don’t blink nearly as much as we should. Some intentional blinking can make your eyes healthier and stronger. Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes open, then blink 10 times rapidly. Then, close your eyes completely and relax for 20 seconds, paying attention to your breaths. Repeat this exercise 5 times.
For this exercise, sit quietly with your eyes closed and take a few deep relaxing breaths. Rub your palms together vigorously, until they become warm, then place your palms over your closed eyelids. Let the warmth of your hands transfer into your eyes; your eye muscles will relax as your eyelids bathe in soothing darkness. Remain in this position until the heat from your hands has completely transferred into your eyes. Lower your hands while keeping your eyes closed, and run your palms together again, repeating this process 3 times.
For nose-tip gazing, sit in a cross-legged pose. Lift your right arm directly in front of your nose. Then, make a fist with your right hand, keep your thumb pointed inward, and focus both eyes on the tip of your thumb. Gradually bend your arm to bring your thumb slowly to the tip of your nose, keeping your eyes focused on your thumb all the while. Remain in this position for 10 seconds, then gradually straighten your arm again. Repeat this process 5 times. In regards to your breathing, breathe in while you pull your thumb towards you, hold your breath for the 10 seconds, then release your breath as you straighten your arm.
Near and Distant Viewing
Stand or sit with an outside view that offers a clear view of a distant horizon. Keep your arms relaxed and by your side. Focus on the tip of your nose for 5 seconds, then focus on the distant horizon for another 5 seconds. Inhale your breath during close viewing and exhale during distant viewing. Repeat this process 20 times, then close and relax your eyes.
If you liked Eye Yoga, you might also like Yoga for the Third Eye.