In January of 2018 I released a video on How to Improve Your Eyesight with Yoga that has recently become incredibly popular on this channel. In this video I am going to answer your most FAQs from the comments in that video. The eye yoga video had 6 yoga eye exercises to improve your eyesight. Because we spend so much time looking at computer screens we need yoga for healthy eyes now more than ever. The 6 eye exercises were designed to help improve your vision naturally and help so that you could have healthy eyes and you guys loved that video so much. There were so many questions in the comments!
#1 Should I wear glasses when I practice eye yoga?
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you should take them off when you practice eye yoga.
#2 Should I wear glasses after eye yoga?
You can put your eyeglasses or contact lenses back on after you practice eye yoga. However, on the topic of eyeglasses, my resource, which I will share next, suggests leaving your glasses off during leisure time.
#3 What is the source of these exercises?
These exercises come from a book by Swami Satyananda Saraswati called Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha. It is an Orange Book. I used to own a physical copy, but my copy got lost in a move about 5 years ago. I cannot tell you how many times I reach for this book!
#4 How often should I practice eye yoga?
Once a day
#5 When Should I practice eye yoga?
Early in the morning or in the evening
#6 How many times should you do these exercises? In other words: what is the frequency and duration of the exercises?
The answer is, it depends on the exercise.
Prior to doing the eye yoga it is recommended that you splash cold water on your eyes 10xs. This will help stimulate blood flow to the eyes and tone up your eyes.
Remember to stay relaxed during the eye yoga exercises. Do not strain because this leads to tiredness and fatigue of your eyes. Keep your facial muscles, eyebrows and eyelids completely relaxed.
Between each eye yoga exercise, close your eyes and rest for one minute.
For Palming – you want to do this as long as you feel the heat and energy of your hands going into your eyes. You want to repeat the palming exercise three times.
For Sideways Viewing – you want to repeat this exercise 10xs each way. Afterwards close your eyes and rest. You may also do some palming between the exercises.
This brings us to another question:
#7 Can you demonstrate the second exercise?
Sure: This is called front and sideways viewing. For this exercise you have one thumb to the left side and one thumb down in front. Inhale look to the left, exhale look down. Repeat ten times and then repeat the entire exercise to the right. In between close and rest your eyes or do some palming.
For the up and down viewing, rotational viewing and the nose tip gazing – each exercise should be repeated 10xs with your eyes closed to rest in between.
#8 How can you remove black circles under your eyes?
One of the ways to reduce black circles under your eyes is with soothing eye treatments. The palming exercise that we did is a good one to try. The palming exercise releases tension in the eyes and revitalizes the eyes. The palming exercise is incredibly relaxing.
#9 Is pain in your eyes normal during eye yoga?
Well, it is normal if you are pushing too hard and trying too hard. Remember to stay totally relaxed when doing eye yoga. Keep your eyebrows, eyelids, forehead and facial muscles relaxed. Remember to take time between each exercise to close your eyes and allow them to rest. Kind of like a mini savasana for your eyes, to allow them to be bathed in darkness before you do the next eye exercise. The palming exercise between each eye yoga exercise is also incredibly useful to help your eyes stay relaxed and free of tension.
#10 What are the best foods for eyesight?
Kale and Spinach are good for your eyesight because they are high in lutein. I will link to a video that I did for a juice for eyesight too.
So what was the most FAQ about eye yoga?
#11 Will these eye yoga exercises work?
These eye yoga exercises work for defects in ocular muscles caused by mental and emotional tension. In other words, artificial lighting, prolonged screen time, mental and emotional tension.
It is important to remember that these exercises will not provide an instant cure. It took years for your eyesight to degenerate, it will take time for your eyesight to improve. It will take a few months, maybe more for you to notice improvement from these eye yoga exercises.
If you have major eye diseases such as glaucoma, trachoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, retinal artery or vein thrombosis, iritis, keratitis, or conjunctivitis these eye yoga exercises are not recommended.