One of the most overlooked body parts that yoga benefits is the organs of sight—our eyes.

Just as yoga can be practiced specifically to address lower back pain and neck stiffness, it can also be practiced to address issues related to the eyes. Eye yoga improves the vision and helps to overcome various eye-related problems, such as myopia (short sightedness), hypermetropia (far sightedness), and various other eye-related disorders.

Most eye disorders are addressed using powerful glasses and lenses that correct the refractive errors of the eye. However, glasses, while of aid, can never cure poor eyesight. In fact, using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

Other than diseases such as cataract and glaucoma, which occur due to bacterial infections, many eye disorders are rooted in the malfunctioning of the ocular muscles, a problem which is often caused by chronic mental and emotional tension. Yoga techniques can improve eyesight naturally and help to alleviate various disorders related to defective eye muscles such as myopia and hypermetropia.

Exercises to Improve Your Vision

Practice the following exercises to improve eyesight and naturally strengthen your vision. Note Remember to keep your head and spine straight throughout the exercises.

Do I Need to “Cool Down” After Eye Exercises?

You can go straight from light eye yoga back to work. However, if you do a full session it is advisable to give yourself a rest. After completing the above exercises, lie in corpse pose for a few minutes and relax yourself completely. Breathe gently and normally, and do not resist any thoughts or sensations during the exercise. Or, take your rest even deeper with a yoga nidra meditation.

Who is eye yoga good for?

These practices are excellent for everyone, glasses or not. In an era where vision is increasingly fixed on screens, it is important to remember that health of your eyes is in your hands!

Disclaimer While a regular yoga practice can result in improved health, know that it is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is important to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained teacher. In the case of a medical condition, practice yoga after consulting a doctor.

Full article originally published on artofliving.org.

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