When you think of yoga, you probably think of spandex pants, mats on the floor, and calming music. And while that doesn’t sound half bad, there’s a lot more to yoga than just that. Believe it or not, you can do yoga anytime, anywhere — yup, we’re talking about yoga for your eyes! With these eye strengthening exercises, you can improve your eyesight anytime you like.

Believe it or Not, There is Yoga for Your Eyes

Palming

  1. The next time bright, fluorescent lights are bothering your eyes, take a few seconds to relax them with this technique.
  2. Find a quiet room and take a few deep breaths in.
  3. Rub the palms of your hands together for about 20 seconds, or until they become warm.
  4. With your eyes closed, place your palms over your eyelids.
  5. Continue breathing in deeply as you feel the warmth transfer from your hands to your eyes.
  6. Keeping your eyes closed, repeat this process three or four times.

Blinking

  1. Are your eyes feeling dry, irritated, or itchy? Than try this upgraded form of blinking.
  2. Relax with your eyes open for a few seconds, then blink around 10 – 15 times very quickly.
  3. Close your eyes and relax them for around 20 seconds.
  4. While your eyes are closed, focus on your breath.
  5. Repeat this exercise four to six times, or until your eyes feel rejuvenated.

Sideways Movements

If your eyes are feeling tired and sleepy, wake them up with this exercise.

  1. Sit in a comfortable chair with your back straight up and your arms at your side.
  2. Place your legs straight out in front of your body.
  3. Focus on a fixed point in the room that’s in front of you and level to your eye line.
  4. Lift your arms up from the side of your chair, keeping your fists closed and thumbs pointing upward.
  5. Keeping your head still, focus your eyes on each of the following:
    • The space between your eyebrows
    • Your left thumb
    • The space between your eyebrows
    • Your right thumb
  6. Repeat this 10 – 20 times.
  7. Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed for two to three minutes. This will allow your eyes to rest.

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