Yogasana And Exercises For The Care OF The Eyes

Of all the sense organs, the eye is most vital. Without sight, the world is nothing.
The science of Yoga has definitely recommended ‘Tratak’ to strengthen the sight. But if ‘tratak’ is not practised properly, it may damage the eyes.
Simhasana is one of the asanas which are beneficial to sight and the eyes. How to practise it is fully explained on page No. 35. Besides this asana, the asanas such as ‘Sheershasana’ and ‘Sarvangasana’ are indirectly beneficial to the eyes. Other exercises which are beneficial to sight and which strengthen and activate the eyes are given below :

(1) Eye-pressing :

Press the eyes with the help of the muscles around the eyes and the muscles of the lids. Maintain this pressure for a few seconds (5 -10 seconds). Then relax the muscles and the eyes as much as possible.
Repeat this exercise ten times.

(2) Alternately looking at near and distant objects :

Stand near the window or in the balcony of the house. Hold the first (index) finger of the right hand about an inch or two away from your nose. Look at the finger for three seconds. Shift the gaze to a predetermined very distant object for three seconds.
Repeat the process thirty times.

(3) Movements of the eyes to different directions :

1. To the left and to the right :

Move the eyes to the right as much as possible. Then move them to the left as much as possible.
Repeat this process ten times.

2. Upward and downward :

Move the eyes upward as much as possible. Then bring them downwards as much as possible.
Repeat this process ten times.

3. Upward to the left :

Move the eyes to the corner of the left side. Then move them to the lower corner of the right
side.
Repeat this process ten times.

4. To the right side :

Move the eyes to the upper corner of the right side. Then move them to the lower corner of the left side.
Repeat this process ten times.

5. Circular movement :

Move the eyes first in the clockwise direction and then in the anticlockwise direction. Continue each circular movement ten times.