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HEALTH Yoga for your eyes

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Yoga for your eyes


Yoga
Lee Kennedy


As we get older, the tone and flexibility of the eye muscles can change and may become weakened and rigid, and in some cases, sight begins to diminish. This loss of elasticity around the eye reduces the ability of the lens to focus at different distances.
One way to ease eyestrain and have better vision is improving the flexibility of the muscles around your eyes. Just as in the same way as any other muscle system in the body, the eye muscle system can be trained and strengthened successfully, basic yoga exercises can encourage a rich supply of oxygen to the area and can help tone the eye muscles up and keep them elastic.

Exercise your eyes
If you already have eye problems or suffer from any tension around the eyes as you practice these eye exercises you should find your eyesight improving and some tension reducing.
Find somewhere comfortable to sit, to begin, hold your finger under the tip of your nose. Then start moving it away, without raising it, and stop and hold it at the closest distance where you can see it clearly without any blur. Then raise your eyes just a little, look straight into the distance and find a point which you can also see very clearly. Now look at your finger then shift to the farther point in the distance. Repeat this several times, blink, close and squeeze your eyes tightly.
Now, close your eyes as tightly as possible, squeeze the eyes so the eye muscles contract. Don’t strain too much. Hold the eye muscle contracted for a count of three, and then quickly let go, finish with blinking a few times. The eye muscle relaxes quite well after this particular exercise.
To finish, briskly rub your palms of your hands together, charging them with warmth, when they feel hot place the cupped palms over your closed eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths. Relax the shoulders and soften around the back of the neck. This exercise is called 'palming' and is very relaxing to the eyes. It also has a beneficial and relaxing effect on the nervous system, and is an ideal way to finish off the eye exercise routine.

Lee Kennedy qualified with The BKS Iyengar Yoga Association UK, the YTTC and Ana Forrest of Forrest Yoga. She specialises in pregnancy-related yoga and also studied with Janet Balaskas, founder of the Active Birth Foundation, UK. Visit Yogadara.com or call 0863906343 for more information.