Eye yoga exercises and the benefits of Eye Yoga

by Melissa West on September 30, 2012

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Today’s question comes to us from  Dr. Marion Breiter-O’Donovan, the chief editor of the Austrian women’s magazine “für Mich” (130.000 issues) and the Austrian family magazine “fratz&co”, for an article on “Eye-Yoga” which will come out in both magazines as well as basic info for a worldwide press release for the Austrian producer of eye glasses Silhouette, who was asking for some statements on Eye-Yoga.

Benefits of Eye Yoga

Which is the special benefit people get out of Eye-Yoga?

  • improved eyesight
  • improved concentration
  • improves peripheral vision
  • reduces chances of having diseases of the eyes
  • calms the mind
  • helps relieve eye strain from prolonged time at computers
  • relieves dry eyes
  • improves clairvoyance and ability to visualize
  • increased spiritual insight

How does the way we see affect our body / mind?
Eye yoga has a great effect on our mind body connection. Practicing eye yoga prior to practicing your balancing postures can greatly improve your ability to balance in your balancing postures. The improved vision and ability to focus helps you balance.

Do you offer any special treatments or courses concerning the eyes?

Here is a video and blog post where I list yoga classes where I offer eye yoga exercises.
https://www.melissawest.com/yoga-for-eyes/

Three examples of important exercises in Eye-Yoga?

Here are three examples of important exercises in eye yoga:

1) Palming:

Rub your hands together to create some energy. Close your eyes. Rest your palms over your eyes. Take long slow deep breaths. Relax your eyes. Palming is an ancient yogic technique that promotes optic nerve relaxation and improves vision. Cup your palms over the eyes making sure that all light is blocked out completely. Picture the color black and breathe deeply, slowly and deliberately to promote complete relaxation.

2) Vertical and Horizontal Lines with Your Eyes

Close your eyes. See complete Darkness. Open your eyes in the center. Now look straight up and straight down, drawing a straight line with your eyes. Inhale as you look up, exhale as you look down. Repeat 10 times. Close your eyes, allow them to be bathed in darkness.

Open your eyes in the center. Now look to the left as you inhale and exhale as you draw a straight line with your eyes to the right. Repeat 10 times. Close your eyes, allow them to be bathed in darkness.

3) Near and Far Sighted

Place your palms in front of your eyes. Focus on your palms. Inhale as you open your palms out to your sides and focus on the horizon. Exhale, bring your palms back in front of your eye and focus on your palms. This exercise will help improve your vision both up close and far away.

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