How to Take Care of Your Precious Eyes with Yogic Eye Exercises
Do you really take proper care of your eyes?
Whenever you meet a person, what is the first thing you notice about him/ her?
Well, I think it is the---
- The eyes can tell you so much about a person.
- Can you imagine, how the world would be, without this precious gift?
- Without seeing this beautiful world, the wonderful nature, our lovely dear ones, the life would not be worth living.
- The eyes are the most important part of our body.
- Therefore, isn’t it important to take proper care, of our most precious possession?
- But sadly, most of us neglect our eyes. In fact, they are the most misused part of our body.
Few precautions, which must be taken, for the eyes:
1. Getting up early:
Waking up early, preferably before the Sunrise, is good for the eyes.
The reason is, that you do not open your eyes, in the broad daylight, and by the time the Sun rises, your eyes get used to the light, gradually.
Opening up of the eyes, from the darkness (closed eyes), to sudden broad daylight, is very harmful for the eyes.
2. Avoiding unnatural lights:
In today's world, it‘s not possible to stay away from the television, computer and other visual exposures, to the eyes. They are inevitable, and can’t be avoided. But sadly, they do harm our eyes.
Our eyes are safe, if we see the objects in natural light, and from a distance. But the many electronic devices, we use everyday, are just opposed to this.
So, should we stop using these devices?
No, We can't, even if we want to.
But, we can definitely spend some time for regular eye care, each day, from our busy schedules.
3. Cleaning, Hygiene and eye ailments:
Washing your eyes with clean water, twice a day is a must, to wash off the dust or dirt.
Although, nature has provided its own guard, the eyelashes and the tear glands, which clear and clean the natural way.
The eyes do get tired, sometimes they are swollen, at other times, they are red or watery. There can be blurred vision and headache. Please do not ignore these issues.
Even though, there is a natural mechanism to fight the infections in our eyes, if any infection does occur, it is essential to see the Ophthalmologist, and get the Eyes examined.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
5 Simple Yogic Exercises For Healthy Eyes:
Of all the sense organs , eyes are the most vital. Here are some simple exercises in Yoga. They are beneficial for the eyesight, and strengthens and activates the eye muscles.
1. Eye Pressing:
Press tightly the eyes, with the help of the eye muscles, around the eyes and the muscles of the eyelids. Maintain the pressure for about 5 to 10 seconds. Then, relax the eyes and the involved muscles, as much as possible.
Repeat at least for 10 times.
2. Alternately looking at near and distant objects:
Stand near a window or in the balcony. Hold the index finger of the right hand, about an inch or two away from your nose. Look at the finger for 3 seconds. Shift the gaze to a very distant building or a tree for 3 seconds.
Repeat the process with both the eyes, at least 30 times.
3. Upward and downward movements:
Move the eyes upward, as much as possible, while not moving your neck. Then bring them downwards, as much as possible.
Repeat for 10 times.
4. Movements of the eyes to different directions:
a. To the left, and to the right:
Move the eyes to the right, as much as possible, and then to the left, as much as possible. Do not move your neck.
Repeat this process 10 times.
b. Upwards to the left, and to the right:
Move your eyes to the corner of the left side. Then, move them to the lower corner of the right side.
Repeat 10 times.
Move the eyes to the upper corner of the right side. Then move them to the lower corner of the left side.
Repeat 10 times.
c. Circular movements:
Move the eyes first, in the clockwise direction, and then in the anticlockwise direction. Continue these movements for 10 times.
This is mainly for the relaxation of the eyes.
Sit in a relaxed position, preferably on a dining table.
Make your palms, as cups and keep them over your cheek bones.
Your elbows should rest on the table.
Cover your closed eyes and relax. No pressure, and no light, should be allowed inside.
Keep your mind completely relaxed, and do not think about anything. You should be able to feel absolute black background.
Remain sitting in this position for sometime.
Now open, and quickly blink, and open your eyes.
You will feel the difference. If done correctly; you will feel freshness and relaxation in your eyes.
You can do the Palming exercise, for 4 to 5 times in a day. This is a wonderful exercise, for the tired eyes.
6. Smiling and laughing:
Laughing and smiling has its positive benefits for the health, and as such, for the eyes too. Especially, when you laugh, the stress and mental anxiety is reduced. All your nervous system, your brain, blood circulation, lungs, various muscles and adrenals have a positive impact of hearty laugh, and so even the eyes get benefits from it.
No wonder, so many laughter clubs, have men and women, laughing out loud, in the morning, as part of their fitness regime. They look happy, and their eyes shine, with brightness.
Diet which is beneficial for healthy eyes:
1. Four to five almonds soaked in water overnight, should be taken everyday. Remember to chew them properly.
2. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, cabbage etc. should be part of your daily diet.
3. Fresh fruits, such as apples, grapes, oranges, cherries, papaya, pineapple, carrots, gooseberries etc. are good for eye health.
4. Dry fruits such as walnuts, dates, raisins.
5. Milk and its many products.
6. Jaggery and Honey are good for eye health.
7. Rose water is considered good for the eyes. You can soak cotton swabs in cold rose water, and keep them over the closed eyes, to relax them in the summer season.
8. Avoid preserved food items, oily and high calorie food items.
Make a promise, to take proper care of your eyes and your beloved ones, especially children, and elderly persons.
Do you do exercise for your eyes everyday?
References: Some reliable websites for more information about eye health and exercises
Yogic Eye Exercises, source: You tube
Improving eyesight with the right food, Source: YouTube
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© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan