Your digitally-strained eyes will thank you for these exercises
Among the many things that the pandemic brought in its wake, being glued to computer, mobile or TV screens is a prominent development. With social distancing being an integral part of our lives, there has been a significant rise in screen time. Work meetings have turned into video calls, a stroll in the park has been replaced with Netflix and chill and parties have moved online too. And all this has caused dry eyes, headaches, double vision, neck strain, etc. Shraddha Iyer, master yoga trainer, SARVA and diva Yoga, says, “Dry eyes are often caused by staring at a screen for long periods of time, not getting enough sleep and many other such reasons.” Did you know yoga can be an excellent cure for dry eyes? Shraddha shows us how
Sounds basic right? As in blinking is supposed to be natural so why are we asking you to ‘do’ it!? The fact is, when we are glued to the screen, we’re often so focused that we forget to blink, making the eyes very dry. "Whenever you feel your eyes getting dry blink for a few seconds continuously and then close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few more seconds. You’ll notice your eyes becoming more relaxed," says Shraddha.
If you’ve been to a yoga class, you’d already know this. A practice yogis follow is rubbing their palms vigorously together and then cupping their eyes with it for a few seconds. "What this action does is transfers the warmth of your palms onto your eyes, soothing the muscles and relaxing your eyes," says Shraddha. An exercise that can be done even without a full fledged yoga class!
While this asana may not immediately show results, the long-term results will be evident. "This pose sends blood down to your brain, face and eyes, thereby improving their functioning. Here's how you can do it," says Shraddha.
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and flat on the floor and arms on your side. Exhale, press your feet on the floor and lift your hips up in the bridge pose.
2. If comfortable, roll your shoulders and clasp your hands underneath your hips, pushing your pelvis upwards.
3. While in the pose, press into your left foot, lifting your right foot off the ground, extending it towards the sky.
4. Ensure your left foot is flat on the ground during this time. As you breathe, try to lift your pelvis higher.
6. Hold for a few seconds and repeat on the other side.
We often ignore our most used organs because of how vital they are. Try these asanas for regular relaxation, rest and rejuvenation for your eyes!
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