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Improving Eye Health with Yoga Asanas

Practising yoga can have a positive benefit for Eye Health. Improve your Eye Health through Yoga Many age-related vision problems stem from a gradual loss of flexibility and tone in the eye muscles, which get locked into habitual patterns and lose their ability to focus at different distances. If you are fortunate to have excellent vision and want to preserve it or you hope to improve your eyesight, evidence suggests that yoga may have a solution. The late celebrated ophthalmologist William H. Bates claimed he could improve eye health and visual perception with palming, eyeball rotations, and vision shifting. It is stated that “The fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes.” The correlation between the eyes and the mind has a profound physiological basis. Vision occupies about 40 percent of the brain’s capacity; that’s why we close our eyes to relax and fall asleep. Four of our 12 cranial nerves are dedicated exclusively to vision, while two other nerves are vision-related. Contrast this with the cardiac and digestive functions, which require just one cranial nerve to control both. While insight may be the ultimate purpose of eye asanas, vision improvement is also an important benefit. Surprisingly, it’s not the muscle stretching and contracting that seems to have the greatest effect. Relaxation appears to be the single most important element of eye health. In an experiment applying the muscle relaxant curare to the eyes, patients experienced dramatic eyesight improvement. When teaching a yoga class, we instruct the students to begin with a few minutes of relaxation in Savasana (Corpse Pose). Then ask students to sit in a comfortable posture, such as Sukhasana (Easy Pose), as we guide them through basic eye asanas The first exercise begins with the eyelids open, the head and neck still, and...

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