Keep Calm And OMM: Yoga For Eye Health

Centuries ago in ancient India, yoga was introduced to improve our mind, body and soul. The art of mindfulness was a way of telling ourselves to slow down and keep calm. But have we listened? Over the years, humanity has progressed at an increasingly fast-paced speed with no signs of slowing down. All of these advancements – no matter how dearly we treasure them – has inevitably led to our unhealthy lifestyle. 

Today, we live in a world enslaved by a pocket-sized gadget – our smartphone – we can’t live with them and we can’t live without them. If you look up from this article just for a few seconds, you’ll notice that everyone around you is hunched over their smartphone scrolling through their social media feeds like digital zombies. “GgrR… want TIIIKKK TOOOKKKKK!!! GgrR…” Well, that escalated quickly, but you get what we’re saying, right? So, if you want to save yourself from the digital apocalypse, then we suggest you give your mind, body, and especially your eyes a break from the screen. 

How, you ask? Follow these simple yoga exercises to improve your vision whether you wear eyeglasses or not. 

Eye Asana #1

Blink. Yes, it’s that simple. When we’re poring over our work, browsing through social media or binge-watching shows we often tend to forget to blink – it’s happened to the best of us. 

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes open
  2. Blink 10 times, quickly
  3. Close your eyes for 20 seconds and take a few deep breaths 
  4. Repeat five times

Eye Asana #2

Palming. Trust us, this will instantly relax your eyes and make a world of a difference! It helps cover your eyes from all light stimulation, resulting in a calm state of mind.

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and take a few deep breaths
  2. Rub your palms vigorously to generate heat, then place them gently over your eyes
  3. Stay in this position until the heat from your palms disappears 
  4. Keep your eyes closed and repeat this exercise three times

Eye Asana #3

This is how ‘eye’ roll. And, it works miracles on my eyes! These easy eye exercises take no more than 10 mins every day. Once in the morning and during the day, when you’re especially drained, will help keep your eyes at optimum health. And no, sarcastic eye rolls don’t count. 

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Sit up straight, keep your head still and look to your right
  2. Slowly roll your eyes up to the ceiling and down to your left
  3. Roll your eyes down to the floor
  4. Do this in a clockwise motion for 10 repetitions, then anti-clockwise

Eye Asana #4

Shifting focus. Something as simple as turning your focus away from your screen to an object at a distance and help relieve eye strain, and all it takes is a few seconds. 

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Sit up straight, extend your arm and gaze at your thumb or a pen for a few seconds
  2. Slowly bring your thumb (or the pen) towards the tip of your nose, and gaze for a few seconds
  3. Reverse this exercise, and repeat at least 5 times 

Eye Asana #5

Rest well. This one is by the easiest and not technically an exercise, but extremely important. Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, we’re talking proper shut-eye! No scrolling through your feed or binge-watching your show in bed till the wee hours of the morning. 

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Turn on the DND feature or aeroplane mode on your phone
  2. Tuck yourself in bed, nice and cosy 
  3. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths till you drift off to dreamland 

Few important things to note, before starting these exercises, we recommend splashing your eyes with cool water a few times. Start and finish each exercise with palming. Lastly, make sure your head and spine are positioned straight throughout the duration of the exercises. 

Easy, right? These little, easy-to-do exercises can go a long way in improving the health of your eyes and reduce your risk of eye-related problems in the future. All you need to do is be a little flexible and take out 15 to 30 minutes of your time throughout the day. Not much of a stretch, is it? 

Namaste, yáll! 

About Vanessa Azavedo

Vanessa Azavedo is a Senior Content Specialist at Lenskart and has been writing professionally for over 9 years. When she isn’t drowning in deadlines, she’s either reading, playing with her doggo, or experimenting with her hair. Always on the lookout for the next binge-worthy show, and to this day, loves cartoons (you gotta keep your inner child alive, am I right?)