If your eyes feel dry and tired, why not give these 'eye yoga' exercises a go? Created by eyewear brand Silhouette, they can be practised any time and anywhere.
The Morning Routine
- Sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor and concentrate on breathing in and out for a few moments
- Look up and down five times and close the eyes
- Open the eyes, look to the left and right five times and close eyes
- Open the eyes, look to the upper right and the lower left five times and close again
- Open the eyes, look to the upper left and lower right five times and close again
- Rub your palms firmly together and lay them on your eyes
Your head doesn’t move at all during the exercises - just your eyes.
After a few days, some additional exercises may be added to the morning eye yoga routine:
- Roll the eyes clockwise and counter-clockwise, start by looking down and fixing on a point on the floor.
- From there, look slowly to the left and then up to the ceiling, then to the right and back to the floor.
- This exercise must be performed very slowly and the eyes must move in a large circle, with the head remaining still throughout.
- Blink a few times after the exercise, close the eyes and rest with closed eyes by lying down for 3 minutes, before repeating the exercise counter-clockwise.
Relaxation of the eyes after exercise
- Sit with open eyes and blink quickly 10 times.
- Keep your eyes closed for minimum 20 seconds.
- Repeat this exercise at least 5 times.
- Close your eyes as firmly as possible.
- The eyelids must be pressed together firmly and the eye muscles must be noticeably tensed.
- Hold this contraction for 3 seconds and then quickly release it.
- Blink a few times and repeat the exercise at least 4 times.
Energy for tired eyes
This exercise relaxes and rejuvenates the eye muscles and stimulates the intraocular fluid circulation. It is an in-between exercise for the eyes and quickly revives tired eyes again.
- Close your eyes and rub your palms firmly together until they are warm.
- Once the hands are nicely warm, put the arched palms gently on both of the eyelids without directly touching them.
- The palms’ warmth passes over onto the eyes and relaxes them.
- This exercise should be repeated at least 3 times.
A selection of relaxing yoga exercises and more wellness tips for the eyes can be found in the Silhouette booklet '24 Hours Eye Care Programme', which is distributed free-of-charge, worldwide through eye care professionals.
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