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By NDTV Food
Updated: April 28, 2016 12:26 IST
We spend most part of our day in front of the computer screen, staring at word
documents, excel sheets or YouTube videos. And all this while, we worry about our
expanding waistline, our dull skin and drying hair. We worry that are stomach isn't flat
enough, our legs aren't toned enough and our gluts aren't firm enough. But in the process,
we forget about one of the most important parts of our body, the eyes. The ones that itch
from sheer exhaustion and burn tirelessly after the end of a really long day.

You might not feel the need to exercise your eyes because well, there aren't any
immediate symptoms or signs of weak or tired eyes but if you want to guard yourself from
hazy spots and blurry vision in the future, then we suggest you exercise them as often as
possible. One of the best ways to do so it to try yoga exercises for eyes. Yoga for eyes is a
certain type of eye workout that can be done at any given time of the day, all you need are
a few minutes.

There are six muscles that connect the eye to the eye socket and help them move side to
side, up and down and all around. When you read, drive or watch something over an
extended period of time, it drains your eye muscles of flexibility and tires them out. This
condition is known as eye fatigue and is only worsened by smartphones and computer
devices. While eye fatigue isn't a very serious condition, if it persists overtime it can be.
The one way to help relieve the symptoms of eye fatigue (burning, itching and tiredness)
is eye yoga. Why yoga you ask? Yoga is a form of exercise designed to work on your
health and consciousness i.e your mind, body and soul. So all the exercises help not just
your vision but also your brain, reinforcing the fact that everything is connected. Eye yoga
can also relieve you from disorders related to defects in the eye muscles like myopia and
hypermetropia. Jane Rigney Battenberg writes in her book 'Eye Yoga: How You See is
How You Think', "Since the eye muscles are eight times stronger than they need to be,
they don't have to be strengthened so much as stretched, relaxed and fine-tuned. You will
need to balance the eye stretching and strengthening exercises, where the eyes learn to
need to balance the eye stretching and strengthening exercises, where the eyes learn to
work and see together, with the relaxing, loosening exercises, where you re-pattern your
eyes and brain to relax and see."
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We've put together five simple yoga exercises that that will help ease out overused
muscles, reduce tension in the face and eyes and help your eyes focus.

1. Blink - Open your eyes wide and then quickly blink about 10 times. Now, close your eyes
for about 20 seconds and repeat this exercise four more times. The human eye should
blink about 25 times in one minute. However, many of us don't, especially when we're
focusing on something on our computer or smartphone. This exercise helps your eye
nourish itself, relaxes the eye muscles and prevent dry eyes.


2. Palming - If you've gone for yoga classes at any point in time you'll be familiar with this
one. Rub your palms together till they feel warm. Then place them on your eyes and hold
the position till your palm feels warm. Concentrate on something and relax. This exercise
is another form of relaxation which is something your eyes could use, especially after a
long day at work.

3. Sideways & Rotation - So now you want to stretch your eye muscles. Move your eyes
slowly from side to side and then all the way around in a circle. If you find that difficult,
then use your finger and move it in a circle, and let your eyes follow. Make sure your neck
doesn't move and repeat both those exercises about 20 times.

4. Sarvangna Asanaor the shoulder stand - This exercise doesn't just help your eyes but
your brain as well. Lie down on a mat and using your arms, life your body waist
downwards in the air so that your legs are straight and toes point outwards. This pose
stimulates blood circulation in brain and optic nerve. You can also lay on your back and
life your legs upward, as high as you can go. This exercise increases blood circulation to
the eyes, brain, ears and nose, thereby improving their functioning. This pose also helps
you detoxify and maximise the performance of all the other organs.

5. Bhramari Pranayama - Also known as the humble bee breath, this exercise is really
calming and can drown down the unnecessary noise in your head, making you feel
relaxed with just a few breaths. Sit on the floor cross-legged or however you feel
comfortable. Now place your fingers over your eyes horizontally. Exhale and when you
inhale make a bee like buzzing sound. Make sure you apply very little pressure on the
eyeball and keep your lips sealed.

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