If you are someone who sits at her desk or in front of her screen for prolonged periods then this latest wellness trend is for you. Eye yoga is the new wellness trend that promises to prevent declining vision with age and reduce the need for stronger glasses.
What I found most interesting during my research, is the strong connection between our eyes and neck. Regularly training your eyes will not only eliminate work-from-home eye strain symptoms but also neck and head aches that come from sitting at your desk for long periods of time.
You can feel this connection by placing your thumbs under the edge of the skull at the back of your neck. Feel the deeper layers of muscles without overstraining your neck, and close your eyes – then, move your eyes horizontally and vertically – you will feel small pulsating sensations underneath your thumbs. These sensations are your suboccipital muscles receiving information from your eyes.
Sitting at your desk or staring at your phone or computer for a long time will limit your eye movement limiting the information your muscles receive, Which results in a muscular strain in your neck and vice versa.
Here where eye yoga comes in handy. 5 – 10 minutes of daily practice will strengthen eye muscles keeping you more focused and balanced.
Please note that eye exercising is similar to body exercising so you need to ease into it gradually. You may feel a bit dizzy at first which is totally normal as your coordination will be challenged, so as we said don’t push yourself too hard too quickly. Another thing, you can practice these exercises together or seperatly, during your normal yoga session or while sitting on your bed or sofa.
1 || Palming
- Cover your eyes with your palms resting your fingertips on your forehead and don’t let your palms touch your eyes.
- Breathe in slowly and clear your mind. Try not to think about anything as you look into the darkness of your hands.
- Repeat for several breaths.
2 || Figure Eights
- Sit or stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, if your standing rest your hands on your sides.
- Imagine the infinity sign 10 feet in front of you.
- Allow your eyes to trace the figure without moving your head.
- Trace in one direction, then the other.
- Don’t forget to breathe, blink and release any tension in your jaw.
- Repeat for a number of breaths.
3 || Focus Shifting
- Stick your left hand out as far as it will go and raise your thumb in a thumbs-up posture.
- Sit up straight with your eyes looking straight ahead. Focus your eyes on your thumb.
- Move your arm slowly to your right as far as you can, with your eyes following your thumb.
- Move your arm back in the other direction, following your thumb as far as your eye will go without moving your neck or chin.
- Repeat this movement several times.
4 || Eye Rolling
- Start by slowly looking up to the ceiling.
- Roll both of your eyes so that you’re looking all the way to your right.
- Roll both of your eyes so that you’re looking all the way down.
- Roll both of your eyes so that you’re looking all the way to your left.
- Come back to looking at the ceiling, then look straight ahead and take a breath. Repeat several times before switching direction and moving your eyes counterclockwise.
5 || Near And Distant Viewing
- Determine two points of focus, one at a distance and one much closer to you.
- Start by focusing on the distant one for a couple of deep breaths, then move to the one closer to you.
- Repeat 10 times.
6 || Blinking
- Start by opening your eyes wide then blink rapidly 10 times.
- Close your eyes and take 5 deep inhale and 5 deep exhales.
- Open your eyes and repeat.
7 || Nose-Tip Gazing
- Sit upright in a comfortable seat.
- Relax your shoulders and place your palms on your thighs for a better spine alignment and concentration.
- Shift your gaze to the tip of your nose without straining your eyes.
- Release your eyes the minute you feel any discomfort.
- Repeat 4-5 times.