If you have been battling with poor eyesight for years, you are not alone and I have some great news. Yoga can improve your eyesight!
Whether you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, it’s just so annoying to constantly depend on something to see better. Imagine when you forget your glasses home, you drop them or you run out of your monthly contacts. Reading glasses or long-distance glasses – can be such a pain sometimes!
Personally, I have been wearing eyeglasses since I was 6. Even though I was sitting on the first row at school, I was struggling to read what my teacher was writing on the blackboard. I was having headaches and as an avid reader before bedtime, I was fighting against my capabilities.
I started just like most of you with -0.25 and it got to -2. In the last almost 20 years, my prescription changed 4 times, for the worst. It was a big trial and error to find a stylish pair of glasses to suit my face and personality.
Even though I fell in love with my glasses, I never stopped looking for alternative solutions to improve my eyesight.
Fantastic news – there is a natural option out there – totally available for everyone! That’s right, yoga can help us!
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3/ Front and Sideways Viewing
5/ Up and Down Viewing
6/ Preliminary nose tip gazing
Sit in your favourite corner in the house and close your eyes. Energetically rub the palms together until they become hot. Place the palms gently on your face to cover the eyes, without applying any pressure. Make sure your fingers don’t touch your eyelids. Stay here until the heat is completely absorbed in your skin. Feel the warmth and relax your eyes in the darkness.
Repeat this exercise three times – daily if possible.
Palming relaxes and energizes your eye muscles. It stimulated the circulation of aqueous humour. This is the liquid that nourishes the cornea and the lens by supplying nutrition. Shortly, if we keep the aqueous humour happy, it improves the quality of images it produces.
Sit down in your favourite corner and keep your eyes open. Blink quickly for about 10 times, then relax your eyes closed for one minute. Repeat the quick blinking 10 times and make sure you rest for one minute in between.
We tend to focus for long periods of time in front of our phones, laptops and TVs without blinking properly. This creates a lot of tension in the eye muscles. This exercise relaxes the eyes and encourages us to blink spontaneously without any constraints.
3/ Front and Sideways Viewing
Sit down with legs preferably in front of you and your back straight. Raise your right arm to the side at a shoulder level, parallel with the ground and point the thump upwards. Looking straight ahead, your right thumb should be located in your peripheral vision. The left arm should be straight, the left hand resting on your left knee with thumb pointed upwards.
Without moving the head, focus your eyes on the left thumb, then on the right one and keep switching the gaze for 15-20 times. During this exercise, it is important to keep the head in the same position and your spine straight. Feel free to try palming after front and sideways viewing to relax.
Don’t forget to repeat the same exercise with the left arm raised at the shoulder level.
This exercise improves your eye muscles to adapt to different viewing angles. This is particularly important as wearing glasses limits your vision and you’ll naturally tend to turn your head in order to look for objects located in the peripheral area.
4/ Rotational Viewing
Sit in the same position as before with legs and back straight. Relax both hands on your knees. Point the right thumb upwards and start creating a circular movement with your right arm, keeping it straight. Your gaze will follow the right thumb as it goes all the way to the right, up, left and back on your knee. Keep your head straight throughout the entire exercise. Perform the movement 5 times clockwise, 5 times anti-clockwise and don’t forget to do it with the left hand as well.
Just imagine you are creating a massive beach ball with your hand and relax.
Rotation viewing improves the eye muscles and the coordinated activities. Just like the previous exercise, it will help your eyes to see better in the peripheral area without turning the head.
5/ Up and Down Viewing
Sit in the same position like before. Relax both hands on your knees with thumbs pointed upwards. Keeping the right arm straight, start raising it in front of you right to the edge where you can still see it without turning your head up. Bring it slowly back on your knees and raise your left thumb. Perform this exercise 5 times with each arm.
Palming is always available afterwards if you wish to relax.
The up and down movement will improve your eye muscles and it will simply help you see better in the areas where your glasses don’t cover.
6/ Preliminary nose tip gazing (Preliminary Nasikagra Drishti)
Sit down in your favourite chair. Hold the right arm straight in front of your at a shoulder level. Make a fist and keep the thumb pointed upwards. Focus both eyes on the thumb. Slowly, start to bring the thumb closer to your nose tip until it touches. Hold it there for a few seconds and extend the arm in front of you. Practice this exercise for 5 rounds with both arms.
I highly recommend palming after this exercise as it might be quite intense on your eyesight.
This exercises is amazing for improving your eye muscles and the ability of your vision to adapt to different distances. Equally helpful for short-sighted or long-sighted visions.
Yoga Eyesight Exercises – Video
Before you go, make sure to check out this short video from Melissa (Yoga Lifestyle with Melissa)! She explains thoroughly some exercises described above and she’ll guide you safely.
Don’t expect overnight miracles
If your eyesight is pretty damaged, don’t expect to see perfectly after one day of doing these exercises. It takes time and a lot of practice in order to see better, but definitely expect to see small improvements.
It’s nothing better than waking up and not looking for your glasses immediately, right?
Therefore, I really encourage you to have patience.
Don’t forget to relax. Relaxed eyes translates as happy eyes. If you have a laptop or any other screen bound work, make sure to take regular breaks just to give your eyes some space to breathe. Look at the sky, look outside the window and soak it all the warmth provided by our beloved sun.
My fellow glasses-wearing-friends, feel free to comment below and let me know if those exercises have been helpful and if you have any alternative natural solutions to improve bad vision!