You may always stay on your toes on name of fitness and spend hours in gym every day running on a treadmill and doing twists and turns. But, have you ever wondered that your eyes need exercise too? Why? Okay, in case you don’t know, our eyes are also controlled by muscles and with aging, these muscles become stiff and causes loss of elasticity. This is the primary reason why elder people start losing their eyesight! If you don’t want that to happen to you anytime soon, it is high time you start taking care of your eyes to. There are different yoga poses (and believe it, they aren’t spine breaking) that can help you to keep your eyes healthy. Let us find out! Shall we?
Close and Far: Hold a pencil (or you can use thumb) close to your nose tip. Slowly move it away from you. You will notice that you can gradually see the tip of the pencil clearly. Stop at the point where you can see the tip clearly without straining your eyes. Keep holding the pencil and now look at a distant wall and find a point you can see clearly without straining your eyes. Now look at the pencil tip and then look at the distant point and again at the pencil tip and back to the point on the wall. Don’t tilt your head forward or backward. Repeat this for 5 times and then blink both eyes and close them tightly. This is one set. Complete 5 sets.
Up and Down: Stand straight and look straight in front of you. Now, without tilting your head backwards, look as far up as possible and fix a point on the ceiling. Now, without tilting your head forward, gaze at the floor as close to your feet as possible and find a point you can see comfortably. Now alternately look at the point on ceiling and then at the point on floor and never tilt your head in any direction. One up and one down is one count. Complete four counts. Four counts is equal to one set. After one set blink your eyes a few times. Now repeat and complete another four sets.
Left and right: Imagine a straight line protruding out from the corners of both eyes. Hold two pencils in a way that the tip of the pencils touch the imaginary line. Now look left to see the tip of the pencil on left and then look right to see the tip of the pencil on right. Keep your head fixed in one position. Your head should not move at all. One left and one right makes one count. Total 5 counts make set. Complete 5 sets. Blink your eyes several time after each set.
Circular rolling: Keep your head still and look straight. Now slowly look to your left without moving your head. Look as far left as possible without straining your eyes. Now start rolling your eyes in a circular way from left to up to right to down and back to left. This is one clockwise circle. Now reverse the cycle. Start the same way but instead of left, you will start from right to up to left to down and back to right. This is one anticlockwise circle. One clockwise and one anticlockwise circle makes one set. Complete five sets and then blink your eyes 5-6 times.
Tip: Don’t rush and go slow. The slower you go, the more time your eye muscles get to expand and contract in all directions. This increases the elasticity of the eye muscles.