One of the best advantages of Yoga is that it decreases stress. Our senses react to stress the same today as our ancestors did hundreds of years ago, by discharging chemicals that get us to fight, move, or run away.
For people with poor vision, those options create extra stress.
These people don’t like yoga, they get further stiffness in the body, and so the stress comes up. This happens due to lack of movement, and a vicious cycle begins. Their health suffers, they turn overweight, and their bodies deteriorate, but this cycle can be reversed. Sadly, most people never practice vision; they don’t recognize they can improve it.
We are born blind. We must learn to see; therefore, vision is an ‘able skill’, and all skills are trainable. The first step to correcting eyesight is to begin working with the muscles that move our eyes.
There are two types:
- Extraocular muscles move our eyes around in our heads; we can move our eyes left, right, up, down, and in a circle without moving our heads. These muscles can get stiff or tight just like any other tissue, so we can loosen them up with massage before properly moving them around.
- Internal eye muscles change the eye’s shape to allow us to concentrate on objects at various distances. These muscles also get blocked by maintaining a close focal length for long periods, such as working on a laptop or reading.
Eye Muscle Yoga
- Eye Massage: with your fingertips gently press on the eyes, lightly feel tightness around the orbital bones.
- Eye Muscle Yoga 1: move your eyes from an inert position to an upward position, then back to neutral; do this four times. Repeat towards the left, right, and down.
- Eye Muscle Yoga 2: hold your thumb out in front of you at arm’s length, without moving your head observe the tip of your thumb with your eyes as your thumb draws a large circle in the air.
- Focal Accommodation: pick two objects, one near (within eight inches) and one far (100 feet away), immediately shift your focus from near to far. As soon as the distant object is in the centre, focus back on the close, perform twenty jumps.
Practice these drills once a day for two weeks and notice the change in your overall stress level.