Rejuvenate Your Eyes
Rejuvenate Your Eyes | with Hilary Burton
Prolonged periods staring at a digital screen can strain the eye and bring about blurred vision, headaches, and watery eyes. If you find yourself squinting or rubbing your eyes after a long stretch at the computer, take a step back and rejuvenate them with Netra Vyayamam.
Netra Vyayamam is an eye movement in yoga that will help relieve eye strain and strengthen your eye muscles. These simple exercises rest overused muscles, reduce tension in the face and eyes, and help strengthen muscles that help the eyes focus. By controlling the eyes, you’re controlling the mind—the mental benefits are just as valuable as the physical.
Follow these easy steps to rejuvenate your eyes:
1) Keep your head in neutral position, do not jut out or tuck in your chin. Roll your shoulders back and down while relaxing your lower body with uncrossed legs and feet flat on the floor. Sit tall in a chair, hips back, while maintaining your spine away from the back of the chair.
2) Imagine a clock image in front of your face. Slowly and gently, look up to 12 o’clock, then down to 6 0’clock. Repeat three times. Then close your eyes and take one deep breath, breathing in, then out through your nose.
3) Open your eyes and look across the bridge of your nose from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock. Repeat three times. Afterwards, close your eyes and take one deep breath, breathing in, then out through your nose.
4) Open your eyes and, starting at 12 o’clock, look clockwise around the clock face. Repeat three times. Close your eyes and take one deep breath, remembering to breath in, then out through your nose.
5) Open the eyes and, starting at 12 o’clock, look counterclockwise around the clock face. Repeat three times and then close your eyes and take one deep breath in, then out through your nose.
6) End the exercise by closing your eyes and rubbing the palms of your hands together briskly to create warmth. Cup your eyes, without pressing on them, with fingertips to your hairline to close out all the light. Let your eyes bathe in the warmth. Take three deep breaths then gently lower your hands and slowly open your eyes.