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How Eye Yoga Can Help With Vision

By MoodMe
Strengthening the eye muscles might not improve vision or make it any clearer, but it can certainly help prevent the decline of your vision. This is especially important with the dramatic rise of people working from home these days, spending hours staring at various screens with very few breaks. The blue light emitted from our devices can lead to eye strain, eye fatigue and other uncomfortable yet staggeringly common eye conditions.

Spending as few as 5 to 10 minutes each day with eye yoga exercises can help you avoid or improve these symptoms and preserve your vision. Set an alarm to step away from your computer a few times each day, walk around the house or neighborhood, do some stretches and include your eye yoga exercises for a full-body recharge before you get back to work. Here are our top 3 eye yoga exercises to get started with today!

1. Palming

Without any glasses or contact lenses in place, position the palm of your right hand over your right eye, with fingers resting on the forehead and the palm of your hand directly over the eye without actually touching it. There should be sufficient space to blink without grazing your palm with your eyelashes. Do the same for your left hand. This exercise is especially beneficial for removing stress and tension around the eyes. Palming helps to relax the muscles around your eyes while increasing circulation. Increased blood circulation brings with it fresh nutrients and oxygen to this area. Palming gives your eyes a chance to rest and reset, while allowing your mind to do the same. Try palming for 2-3 minutes at a time, as many times a day as you feel you need a quick refresh.

2. Eye Rolling

Sitting straight and tall with relaxed breathing, think about relaxing the muscles in your eyes and face. Shift your gaze towards the ceiling without moving your head, and slowly direct the eyes in a clockwise direction, making as large a circle as possible. Try for three full rotations, then close your eyes and relax. After a few breaths, open them again and complete the movement three more times in a counterclockwise direction. Eye Rolling helps to boost the flexibility and strength of the eye muscles.

3. Figure 8s 

Lastly, Figure 8s are another strengthening exercise for the eyes to help improve symptoms of eye fatigue. In a standing or seated position, imagine a figure 8 on it’s side (an infinity symbol) about 10 feet in front of you directly at eye level. Without moving your head, trace the figure 8 with your eyes, completing one full rotation in one direction and then in the opposite direction. Breathe and blink normally as you continue the movement with your eyes. Try for 3-4 figure 8s in each direction.

There are plenty more eye yoga exercises you can incorporate, but by simply trying to make time each day to complete these three, you can foster good eye health and strength and alleviate uncomfortable eye strain.

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