Irrespective of the age the sharp eyesight of humans is affected mainly due to 4 reasons that are:
- Excess strain: Watching television, mobile, computer or any digital screen for a long time.
- Mental stress: If any part of your brain is affected due to mental stress it is going to affect your eyesight over a period of time.
- Brightness: Yes, exposure to brightness for long hampers the eyesight.
- Sleep: Sleep less than 5 hours make your eyes less lubricant and more irritated which damages the focusing power of the eye. Hence, it degrades the eyesight too.
Guidance from ophthalmologist will cure diseases such as myopia, hypermetropia, cataract (in severe cases) that may occur from the above reasons. But then, you may have to follow some strict medical procedure for some time or wear spectacles forever.
An alternate method to cure these diseases is yoga. Practicing yoga to improve eyesight is the best gift you can give not only to your eyes but also your entire body. The following article has some exercises that are not only part of yoga studios but are also religiously followed in yoga teacher training in India to improve eyesight:
Procedure: Be in a relaxed sitting position. Now, rub both your palms against each other till you start feeling the heat in between them. When you feel the heat radiating, place the palms on your eyes and let the heat calm your eyes.
Benefits: The heat radiated in the palms helps in better blood circulation in the eyes. Moreover, it relaxes the eye muscles and removes puffiness in the eyes.
2. Bahya pranayama
Procedure: Make yourself comfortable in sukhasana. Breathe in deeply and breathe out forcefully so that you empty your lungs. While holding onto your breaths lock your chin to the chest. Try to pull your tummy as close as possible to the spine and hold the mooladhara bandha. Release the tummy and the bandha while breathing in. Initially, you may start practicing for 2-3 minutes but stretch it to 5-7 minutes once you are comfortable.
Benefits: Apart from enhancing the eyesight, it also improves the functioning of reproductive organs, circulatory system and also cleanses the lungs. Make sure you practice it empty stomach.
3. Udgeeth pranayama
Procedure: While in padmasana close your eyes breathe in deeply and try to hold the breath for a few seconds. While breathing out you have to chant “OM”. The longer you will try to hold the breath the better results will it show. In the beginning, you may practice it for 2-3 minutes but try to pace it up to 10 minutes.
Benefits: Breathing and chanting “OM” calms your brain activity and helps you increase concentration. It is also best suited for students to enhance their memory.
4. Bhastrik pranayama
Procedure: Sit in padmasana with your back straight. Place your right thumb on the right nostril in order to close it. Now, breathe in and breathe out forcefully through the left nostril. Repeat the same from the other side. Make sure to breathe forcefully from each side at least 20 times.
Benefits: This pranayama not only increases blood circulation in the brain but also enhances physical and mental health.
Procedure: Place an object in front of your eyes and sit in a comfortable situation, now without blinking gaze at the object. You may use a stopwatch to track the time you focused. The longer you are able to focus more beneficial it is for the eyes.
Benefits: It improves your power of concentration and improves the vision. Moreover, it decreases high myopic eye power.
If you wish to know more about yoga exercises that benefits the overall well-being of a person, you may enrol for yoga teacher training in India. In India, yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is the preferred choice of most of the population across the world.