How to Take Care of Your Precious Eyes with Yogic Eye Exercises
Do You Really Take Good Care Of Your EYES?
© Chitrangada Sharan Feb. 2013
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When 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.
- They are the most important part of our body.
- Therefore, is it not important to take good 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 To Be Taken For The Eyes:
1. Getting up early!
Waking up early, preferably before Sunrise is good for eyes.
The reason is, you do not open your eyes in broad daylight and by the time the Sun rises, your eyes get used to the light gradually.
Opening up of eyes from darkness( closed eyes), to sudden broad daylight is very harmful for eyes.
2. Avoiding unnatural lights!
In today's world it is not possible to stay away from television, computer and other visual exposures to the eyes. They are inevitable but sadly they do harm our eyes.
Our eyes are safe, if we see 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!
But, we can definitely spend some time for 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 tear glands, which clear and clean the natural way.
The eyes 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 infections in our eyes, if any infection does occur, it is essential to see the Ophthalmologist, and get your Eye examined.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
Yogic Exercises For The Care Of Your Eyes--
Of all the sense organs , eyes are the most vital. Here are some simple exercises in Yoga. They are beneficial for sight and strengthen and activate the muscles.
1. Eye Pressing:
Press tightly the eyes, with the help of muscles around the eyes and the muscles of the lids. Maintain the pressure for 5 to 10 seconds. Then relax the eyes and the involved muscles as much as possible.
Repeat at least 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 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. Upward 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 clockwise direction and then in 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---a freshness and relaxed eyes.
You can do Palming 4 to 5 times in a day. This is a wonderful exercise for tired eyes.
6. Smiling and laughing!
Laughing and smiling has its positive benefits for health and as such for the eyes too. Especially, when you laugh, 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 benefit from it.
No wonder so many laughter clubs have men and women laughing out loud in the morning as a 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.
3. Fresh fruits like apple, grapes, oranges, cherries, papaya, pineapple, carrots, gooseberries etc.
4. Dry fruits such as walnuts, dates, raisins;
5. Milk and its products;
6. Jaggery and Honey are good for eye health.
7. Rose water is considered good for eyes. You can soak cotton swabs in cold rose water and keep them over closed eyes to relax them in summers.
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.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION--THE EYES!
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Do you do exercise for your eyes everyday?
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