Eye Yoga

4 Yoga Exercises for Eye Strain, Claudia Cummins, Yoga International

I added a brief description under each exercise. You can visit her article for more detail.

1. Palming
Rub your hands together for 10 to 15 seconds until they feel warm. Then gently place your hands over your eyes, with the fingertips resting on the forehead, the palms over the eyes, and the heels of the hands resting on the cheeks. Don’t touch the eyeballs directly.

An example of palming, not part of her article but helpful:

2. Eye Rolling
Without moving your head, direct your gaze up toward the ceiling. Then slowly circle your eyes in a clockwise direction, tracing as large a circle as possible. Repeat 3 times. Perform the same eye-rolling movement three times in a counterclockwise direction.

3. Focus Shifting
Hold one arm straight out in front of you in a loose fist, with the thumb pointing up. Focus on your thumb. While keeping your eyes trained on it, slowly move the thumb toward your nose until you can no longer focus clearly on it. Pause for a breath or two, and then lengthen the arm back to its original outstretched position, while maintaining focus on the thumb. Repeat up to 10 times.

4. Distance Gazing
Rest your gaze on a distant object (if you’re indoors, look out a window, if you can). Focus on the object as clearly as possible, while staying relaxed in the eyes and face. Slowly shift your gaze to another distant object around you.

I like this video. Nothing extraneous. He even includes one for eye bags at the end.

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