The Sun sees the whole universe through his light. Similarly, one sees one’s universe through eyesight. The visual experience of the world around you is through your eyes. The otherwise silent eyes speak about your emotions unfailingly. The barometer of beauty and attraction are the eyes. Eyes are a great gift to the human being by God. When the vision is perfect you feel fine. With slight impairment in the eyesight a series of problems crop up and the mind remains disturbed. But eye-care should not be an issue only when some trouble happens with the eyesight. Make eye care a regular part of the daily routine, like brushing the teeth. Do remove your glasses and contact lenses while eye exercising.
Eyes are one of the important parts of the human body and they can be donated after death. A pair of eyes can provide vision to two needy persons. This is one of the greatest acts of compassion and merit.
Some pre-yoga issues
- Take an eye-wash cup and wash the eyes with cold water in the morning. Repeat this exercise in the evening at a pre-fixed time. Use of rose water is highly beneficial. Be assured of the purity of the rose water. Triphala water is also used for this procedure.
- As you watch TV programs and movies in the hall, do the blinking and palming exercises at suitable intervals.
- Greenery-gazing is good for the eyes. It relieves their fatigue. Walk on the dewy grass.
- Do not read in a moving vehicle like, car, bus or a train. Do not make efforts to read in the dim light. To read lying on the bead is also not a good habit. It deteriorates the eyesight.
- The recommended vitamin for eyesight is A. Take plenty of carrots, fresh green vegetables, sprouted cereals and milk.
Eyes and their protection by yoga
Eye is one of the five Gyanendriyas (organs of perception) the others being nose, ears, skin and tongue. The first signs of aging are when muscles around the eyes lose their tone. The power of focus stands gradually reduced. This results in tension around the eyes, and stress for the brain. Vision forms part of 40% of the brain’s capacity to function. Therefore, one experiences relaxation when one closes the eyes as the brain gets cool.
The basic idea of the yogic exercises is to strengthen the muscles of the eyes. The exercises, if done regularly, have curative properties. Some of the recommended exercises are eyeball rotations, gaze shifting and palming. The asana suitable for conducting the exercises are Padmasana, Siddhasana, Sukhasana, Swastikasana, and Vajrasana. Before commencing any exercise, relax the eyes by closing them for some seconds.
Yoga exercises for Eyes
Sit in any asana in which you feel comfortable and get ready for vertical movement of the eyes. Open the eyes. Move the pupils up and concentrate on the central part between eye-brows. The next step is to look down to see the tip of the nose. Let your neck remain straight. Without moving it, move the pupils up and down, initially with a slow pace and then by brisk movements. Do it fifteen times and then provide rest.
Similarly horizontal movement is done. Move the pupils as if you are observing the left and right ears. Other procedures are the same as explained above.
Next, switch over to the circular movement. Like the arms of the clock, rotate the eyeballs in a circular movement. Do it clock-wise and anti clock-wise.
The procedure for palming is like this. Place the fingers of the right hand on the fingers of the left hand. Position them in such a way that light doesn’t pass through between the fingers. Close the eyes gently and put the palms on them. Prana current flows in the palms and energizes the eye muscles to relive strain and tension. Deep breathing and meditation provides rest to the eyes and increases the strength of the eye muscles.