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Top 6 Eye Yoga Exercises

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The word yoga actually means to connect. Yoga not only trains your body but also trains one’s mind. Eye yoga helps to rejuvenate eyes. These exercises strengthen the eye muscles, help the eye to focus and reduce tension and pressure.  Regular practicing of these exercises may get you back your normal functioning of the eyes. Experiment top 6 eye exercise to keep it healthy.

1. Focus shifting:

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Take deep breaths and relax. With your thumb pointing up, hold one arm straight out in front of you in loose fist. Now focus on your thumb. Keeping your eyes focused on it, slowly move your thumb towards your nose till the time you can no longer focus on it.  Relax and pause for a second or two and then lengthen your arm back to its position. Remember to keep focus on your thumb. Repeat this exercise for at least 10 times.
2. Vertical and horizontal lines with your eyes:

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Close your eyes slowly to feel complete darkness. Open your eyes in the centre. Now look straight up and down, drawing a straight line with your eyes. As you look up inhale and when you look down exhale. Repeat it at least for 10 times. Close your eyes and allow them to be bathed in darkness. After sometime open your eyes and as you look to your left inhale and draw a straight line with your right eye and exhale. Repeat this also for 10 times at least. Allow your eyes to be bathed in darkness.

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3. Palming:

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Rub your hands for 15 seconds until they feel warm. Now place your hands over the eyes. Do not touch eyeballs directly, but hollow your hands slightly so that it forms a curtain for your eyes. Now close your eyes and take deep breaths and relax. Let it bathed in darkness and feel the warmth and energy from your hands. It has a healing effect. Do it for 5 minutes and then slowly open your eyes when it is ready to emerge.
This eye technique can be kept to the last after all other exercises are completed as it relieves tension and allow your eyes to rest.

4. Eye rolling:

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Sit upright with a long spine and relaxed breath. Soften your gaze by relaxing the eye muscles. Don’t move your head, direct your gaze up towards the ceiling of your room and then slowly circle your eyes in clock-wise direction. Draw as large circle you can with your eyes. Focus on the object and let the movement feel soothing to your eyes. Repeat it at least for 3 times. Rest and perform the same exercise in anti-clockwise direction.

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5. Distance gazing:

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Rest your gaze on a distant object. Focus on the object as clearly as possible. Take a deep breath, and then slowly shift your gaze to another distant object around you. Imagine your eyes are gently “drinking in” the image you see. Repeat the same, momentarily pausing at objects at varying distances away from you.

6. Near and far sighted:

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Place your palms in front of your eyes and stay focus on your palms.  As you open your palms to its sides inhale and focus on the horizon. While you bring back your palms at the original position exhale. It is beneficial to improve your vision both up and close far away.

Practicing these exercises regularly for few months and see how these benefits you in a long run.

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