Unlike any other time in history, humans are using their eyes in a very fixed way by staring at computer screens and televisions for hours upon hours each day, month after month, year after year. This straight ahead fixated stare of the eyes can cause them to become less and less agile, as the small but critical muscles surrounding the eyeball become tight and imbalanced. This muscle imbalance can pull the eyeball out of shape which can lead to distorted vision. This eventually creates a need for glasses or contact lenses.
The eyes are said to use somewhere around 20% of our energy every day. So it stands to reason that if they are stressed and tired from straining looking at a screen all day, it will be felt as a drain on your entire body and can affect your overall state of health. But by doing some very simple eye exercises like the ones shown on the next pages, the eyes can be restored to a healthy, vibrant state.
Can your eyes do yoga? You bet they can!
Yoga has become enormously popular for one simple reason: it works. But yoga isn’t just for stretching and strengthening body muscles, improving your balance, and bringing the mind into greater harmony through meditation. There is a special form of yoga you can do for your eyes, too, to ensure this very important body part isn’t neglected.
Watch this video to learn how yoga can improve your eyes’ health.
And the eye chart below has been used by Tibetan monks for thousands of years to keep they eyes healthy. Check it out…it really does work!
You can use this Tibetan eye chart to strengthen your eyes naturally. Click the link below the eye chart or just click on the image and it will take you to the original image so you can print it out full size. Once you print it, here’s how you use it:
How to Use the Chart – it might be best to tape it to a wall so you can stand in front of it and do the exercises hands free.
Remove glasses or contacts.
Perform this exercise while sitting with your back straight and the chart centered about one inch directly in front of the face with the center dot at nose level. It might be easier to mount the chart to a wall so the center dot is nose high. Then stand in front of it with your nose about an inch from the chart.
Move only the eyes while performing the exercise. Do not move the head.
Do each movement for 30 seconds.
Begin by relaxing the eyes, closing them gently and cupping with the hands.
Eye Exercise #1
Move the eyes from dot to dot, beginning with 12 o’clock, moving clockwise around the outer circle of dots.
Eye Exercise #2
Repeat this pattern, moving counterclockwise, beginning with 12 o’clock.
Eye Exercise #3
Move eyes back and forth between dots at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock.
Eye Exercise #4
Move eyes back and forth between dots at 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock.
End by relaxing eyes, again, by cupping them with the hands.
Repeat exercise twice daily, and avoid eye strain.
How the Tibetan Eye Chart Works
The eye chart is supposed to strengthen weak muscles in the eyes and it is supposed to help the nerves in the optical system to promote better vision. The human optical system is complex, and the eye chart is designed to exercise this intricate system.
• It stretches the muscles in the eyes
• The chart provides stark contrast for the eyes to follow
• It strengthens the eye muscles
• Makes eye muscles more flexible
Another example of an Eye Exercise you can easily do:
Various Tibetan eye exercises are designed to promote better vision. An example is the Tibetan wheel exercise, designed to use sharp angles and movements to improve eyesight. The process using the Tibetan wheel goes as follows:
1. Put the Tibetan wheel, a shape that resembles a snowflake, about one inch away from your eyes, placing your nose at the center of the image.
2. Don’t worry about whether or not you can see the image clearly. The focus should be on the movement not on how well you see during the exercise.
3. Moving out of the center of the image are a series of steps that take you to a ball at the end. As you breathe in, move your eyes progressively up from one step to the next until you see the ball.
4. Move the eyes back down the steps to the center as you breathe out.
5. Alternating from the step-ball segments of the snowflake image are straight spikes. After moving your eyes up and down the steps, move them up and down the spike, breathing in as you move them out and breathing out as you move them back towards the center.
6. Follow the pattern clockwise, and then counter clockwise.
The instructions suggest doing this exercise three times each day, but it is very important to take a few hours to rest in between each session. It is interesting that the process involves breathing exercises as well as the eye movements.
“Tibetan wheel” by Tibetan Lama Monks – Tibetan Lama Monks. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons
Finally, if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, perhaps taking an eye break a few times a day would be the best thing you could do for your wonderful eyes. Keep your eyes healthy and strong by giving them regular breaks and doing the exercises noted above…it’s a long-term investment that will pay off many times over a lifetime.
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