to Strengthen Eyes
of us do not exercise our eye muscles at all, but yet, we work them all
the time, causing them to be under constant strain. The only time the eyes
rest for more than a split second, is when we are asleep. Here are a few
yogic eye exercises to strengthen eyes. They are easy to do, and most of
them can be performed any time of the day, wherever you are.
Close your eyes as tight as possible,
for around 5 seconds. Open them, and close them again. Do this 6 times.
Do you sit in front of the computer
screen for hours at a time? Every half an hour, get up from in front of
the screen and move around a bit. Get yourself a glass of water. Give your
eyes a 2 minute break.
Shut your eyes and roll your eyeballs
around for a minute.
Rub your palms together and gently cup
them over your closed eyes for around a minute. This is known as palming
and is very beneficial for the eyes. The eyes need darkness to rejuvenate
themselves and this need is best served by palming. Palming should be done
after every eye exercise, to relax the eyes and every now and then during
Imagine that there is a huge clock in
front of you. Look at the number 12 for around 10 seconds, and then move
your gaze down to 6. Do this around 10 times, rapidly. Then, move your
eyes horizontally, in the 3-9 position. Finally, move them diagonally (2-7
Look up to the position in the middle
of your eyebrows. Hold for a few seconds and then move your gaze downwards,
towards your nose. This is called Sambhavi mudra.
Slowly, direct your gaze to the ceiling,
as you inhale. Exhale, and move your gaze down in a straight line, towards
the floor. Do this 6 times.
Any form of exercise, including walking,
reduces pressure on the eyeballs and is beneficial for the eyes. So keep
We blink to lubricate the eyes. But
sometimes, when we are concentrating hard, we tend to blink less. Make
a conscious effort to blink more.
Dim the lights in your workplace. Bright
lights increase eye strain.
Reduce the brightness on your computer.
The eyes can adjust to dim light without much strain.
Strengthen the organ which adjusts the
lens of the eye, by this exercise, and you may never need spectacles. Sit
in a room by the window, and focus on a point in the distance. Hold your
arm straight out in front of you, in the same direction as the point you
are focusing on, with your thumb extended in a 'thumbs-up' position. Your
thumb should be directly in the line of vision of the object you are focusing
on in the distance. Now, keep shifting your focus from your thumb to the
point in the distance. Do this around ten times, and at least once a day.
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