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 opthalmologists—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 12 o’clock position for Gimme-a-Break Pose. Hold for a second, then lower them vertically to 6 o’clock position for Texting Pose. Repeat 10 times.

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

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

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

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