Eye Yoga: Help for Your Aging Eyes

You might be able to ditch the bifocals with this ancient practice

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Why does our vision deteriorate with age? One reason is that our eye muscles weaken and become less flexible. But practitioners of Sivananda Yoga—and some ophthalmologists—believe that a series of simple eye exercises can counteract the effects of aging.

 

Start by imagining a huge clock face in front of you.

Raise your eyeballs up to the 12 o’clock position for the Gimme-a-Break Pose. Hold for a second, then lower them vertically to the 6 o’clock position for the Texting Pose. Repeat 10 times.

Slide your eyeballs horizontally to the right for the George-Clooney-Sighting-at-3-O’Clock Pose. Hold for a second, then slide your eyeballs horizontally to the left for the Brad-Pitt-Sighting-at-9-O’Clock Pose. Repeat 10 times.

Still keeping your head straight, raise your eyeballs diagonally to the 2 o’clock position for the Senior-Moment Pose. Hold for a second, then slide your eyeballs diagonally to the 7 o’clock position for the I-Didn’t-Do-It Pose. Repeat 10 times.

Still keeping your head straight, raise your eyeballs diagonally to the 11 o’clock position for the Dreaming-of-Apartment-in-Paris Pose. Hold for a second, then slide your eyeballs down to the 4 o’clock position for the Doggie-Doodoo-On-Carpet Pose. Repeat 10 times.

Finally, rotate your eyeballs around the rim of the clock 10 times, for the Revolutions to the Right pose, followed by 10 Revolutions to the Left. This is known as the Bipartisan Pose.

 

Watch Sir Paul McCartney demonstrate these poses here.

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First Published Thu, 2013-10-03 14:32

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