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Yoga for Eye Health: Exercises to Improve and Maintain Vision

DR. SHILPI GANG In Uncategorized

Jun 21, 2024 | 4 min read

We spend so much time staring at screens daily in today’s digital age. In a world that has been dominated by screens in everyday life, the problems associated with eye strain have increased tremendously. Staring at computer screens for work, mindlessly scrolling on social media through phones, or binge-watching our favorite shows, often take a toll on our modern lifestyle. Regular eye check-ups and proper eyewear are essential, incorporating yoga for eye health into your routine can significantly contribute to maintaining healthy eyesight naturally.

 

Influence of Modern Lifestyles on Eye Health

The eyes are very sensitive organs that develop strain and fatigue rather quickly if the individual uses them excessively. Excessive use of computers, poor and inadequate lighting, incorrect postures, and mental stress can result in aching eyes and different sorts of vision problems. Major symptoms are dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and serious long-term effects like myopia or nearsightedness.

 

How Yoga Helps

The holistic approach in eye care remains within the very physical and mental factors that affect the human eyes—here are ways yoga benefits your eyes:

 

  • Relieve Eye Strain: Yoga enunciates certain eye exercises that help relax and rejuvenate tired eyes. It involves working on a few very simple techniques such as palming or blinking exercises for the eyes and rotations to relieve strain and allow blood to flow properly to the eyes.
  • Improved Blood Circulation: A wide range of yoga asanas and exercises have been highly effective in improving blood circulation to the eyes. Forward bends, inversions, and twists increase blood supply to the head and ocular area, which nourishes the eyes with blood rich in oxygen and other nutrients.
  • Stress Reduction: This is one of the prime causes of eye strain and vision problems. Pranayama, meditation, and relaxation techniques help first to settle the mind; this in turn indirectly relates to good eye health by reducing stress.
  • Increased Concentration and Focus: Yoga makes a person much more aware of his or her surroundings and enhances concentrating power. Many postures can be helpful in proper eye movement coordination, and improving visual acuity, like Balancing postures or the Drishti techniques that help in focusing the gaze.
  • Flexibility: Yoga helps to keep the eye muscles flexible, just like keeping the whole body. Regular practice will help against stiffness and provide better mobility for the eyes—something very essential for healthy vision.

 

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Some Simple Yoga Practices for Healthy Eyes

You can incorporate yoga into your everyday activities without spending too much time on it. Here are some best yoga for eye health:

 

  • Eye Rotation (Netra Vyayam): Roll your eyes in a clockwise and counterclockwise motion with extra up and down and side-to-side movements. Do these exercises several times to outline your eye muscles and thus relax and stretch them.
  • Palming (Hasta Mudra): Vigorously rub your palms against each other until they are warmed up, then gently place them over your closed eyes without applying pressure. Breathe deep and relax for a few minutes.
  • Blinking (Sarvangasana): Sit comfortably and blink your eyes rapidly for about 30 seconds. Then, keep your eyes closed for a few seconds. This is the best yoga for dry eyes as it lubricates the eyes and prevents them from getting dry.
  • Pranayama: Deep breathing is done to improve the blood supply through Bhramari pranayama, also known as hummingbee breath, or Anulomi-Vilomi, also called alternate nostril breathing, also called Nadi Shodhana.
  • Yoga Poses: Add some yoga postures such as Balasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, and seated twist postures like Ardha Matsyendrasana in it. These asanas increase blood circulation to the head and eyes.

 

Read More blogs: Stress and Vision Loss: Learn How Mental Health Affects Your Eyes

 

Conclusion

Yoga is an inviting, strong channel for contributing to the maintenance of healthy vision. Practice these simple exercises daily and get relief from strain in the eyes besides improvement of focus with the cultivation of well-being. Remember, it is all about continuity. Even a few minutes of yoga every day can make a huge difference in your eye health over some time. So, why not start today and give your eyes the care they deserve?

 

Let yoga be your companion in delivering you toward a regime of healthy eyesight—naturally and effectively on this journey.

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