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YOGA AND OUR EYES

Eyes are the pearls of life. Taking care of them is our prime duty. In our body, our eyes are the only fully developed sensory organs. Our eyes require care and protection. They also require attention and precautions when sun is shining very brightly or when the eyes are engaged in some work for a long time. Every four to six months or minimum once a year, eyes should be got checked for their visual capacity. It is very important especially for the children. With the correct eye care program, that includes eye exercises, proper diet and supplementation; you can significantly affect and even improve your vision.
CAUSES OF EYE STRAIN:
Reading in poor light or in a lying down position, reading or writing in a moving train, plane, car or bus, watching television for too long or working at a computer for long hours, causes stress on the eyes and contracts the eye muscles. This leads to deteriorating eyesight or pain in the eyes.
SOLUTION:

For all eye problems, splash fresh & clean water on your eyes.
Do eye exercises to tone your eyes. Remove your glasses or contact lenses while exercising.
Other recommended Yoga exercises are Shirsasana, Sarvangasana, Vipritkarni Mudra. The eyes obtain tremendous power by practising these asanas.
Regular practice of Bhramari, Aumkar, and Alternate nostril breath can also perfuse the eyes with plenty of blood flow.
Constipation also affects our eyes. Therefore, it is essential that bowels get cleaned fully everyday. For this practise Yogamudra, Vajrasana (after the meals) & Shitali Pranayama in morning and evening.
Practice of Jalnetikriya can balanced the breathing system of the nose.
Practice of deep breathing and meditation also can give rest to the eyes and increase its working capacity.
Practice of concentration or Trataka by sitting in front of a flame also gives special strength to working system to the eyes.

PROTECTION BY YOGA:

THE EYE EXERCISE

This exercise helps to get over eyestrain and tension. Vision will get better and clearer as the ophthalmic or eye nerves receive a richer supply of blood.

Sit comfortably with your back and neck straight but not stiff. Now do the following:

Move the eyeball up and down in a vertical axis.
Move the eyes parallel to the floor in a straight line from right to left and left to right.
Move the eyes diagonally from left up, right down. Now reverse the sequence with right up & left down 5 times.
Move the eyes in a semi half circle upward from right to left and left to right.
Move the eyes in the downward half circle from right to left, left to right.
Turn the eyes round clockwise 4 times. Then do the same anti- clockwise.
Now stretch the right arm forward, raise the index finger up, and fix the eyes on the nail of the finger or just beyond the nail. Slowly draw the finger near the face where you can see it clearly but keep your attention at the nail of the finger without blinking. While focusing your attention at the nail you will find you are not seeing one finger but two. Hence in this exercise eyes become eccentric. One finger will be the main finger, which is real and the other will be an optical illusion. This is one round. Then do it again 3 to 4imes.
In the end, blink your eyes several times. Rub the hands vigoursly and do palming to the eyes. Repeat palming 3 times.

NOTE:
In all the above exercises, head must remain totally still.
Give rest to the eyes by keeping them closed for 10 to 12 seconds between each process.

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