Yoga for curing Eye Diseases
Since the ancient times yoga has helped to improve the physical as well as the mental condition of an individual. Also in yoga are various measures which when followed result in great benefit in various disorders. Various yogic practices that were followed for eye care were Yoga sun gazing, Eye accommodation, Eye squeezing, nasal massage, head lift techniques and various other measures.
Yoga Sun Gazing:
In yoga sun gazing was used as a means to completely fill the body, mind and soul with the healing solar light and meditate. The most appropriate way to do so was to go outside at sunrise or sunset when the solar light is orange or reddish orange in color and rays coming out are a bit weaker in strength one must open his eyes wide taking in nine deep breaths (inhaling and exhaling gently) while looking towards the sun. Feel the energy of sun traveling through your body into various systems and Chakras. After this now gently cover your eyes with your palms for a few minutes. Relaxing your eyes and releasing out the stress and tension in your mind, and eyes. But while performing this gaze one must take care to not to gaze to long and also the strength of sun rays should be appropriate to gaze on (sunset or sunrise).
Accommodation Exercises for Eye (Improving the distant vision):
Various yogic exercises benefit the eyes by means of giving strength to the eye muscles as well as improving the eye sight. Thus these exercises help the human eye to improve its ability to change its focus and see distant objects clearly. As with progressive age we know that the accommodative eye muscles get weakened. But if an individual continues to use and exercise these muscles regularly eye sight will remain strong throughout the life. This must be done outside with proper light available or in a well lit room. Hold a card or place it at a distance now look and read out the letters on it after a while start looking at an object at least 20 feet away e.g. a car, building or tree. Repeat this three to four times a day. Then look at an object about 20 to 30 feet away than the first object. Repeat the eye movements back and forth at least three times. Continue to do looking at objects to a further distance.
Accommodation Exercise for Eye (Improving the near vision):
Pick up a distant object at the distance of 20 feet or more and hold in your hands letters in black clear enough to be seen. Hold a card at the eye level at arms length. Now look at the distant object for few moments now move your eyes back to the letter on the card. Further now look towards outside as far as you can for a while now look back at your card for a while repeat this in same way by first looking at the card and the at a distance further then the previous. And then at a point when you stop seeing or vision is blurred now close your eyes for a few moments relaxing them.
Now begin rubbing your hands and palms together with each other so they get warm enough now place these palms onto each of your eyes. Relaxing and enchanting “OM”.
Eyes easily can tell us that they have had enough of the staring at the computer monitor or the TV screen. As also when you are working your eyes do not tend to blink as much as they do normally. And so they tend to become dry. Also working for a long period in front of the computer screen tends to limit the movement of the eye balls. Therefore to be relieved from this eye strain following measures can be followed as mentioned or described in yogic exercises or asanas.For eye strain produced while viewing TV open your eyes wide as wide as possible and now relax your face. Count for a moment. Doing so look towards your right for a few seconds and then look towards your left again for a few seconds. Now look towards the upper right for few seconds and then look towards your upper left for a few seconds. Now look straight upwards for a few seconds and then downwards straight for a few seconds. Do this as many times as possible.