September 23, 2007

Simhamudra (lion-pose) eye exercise

No one can deny the fact that eyes are a mirror of general health and the most expressive features of the face. Modern lifestyle wreaks havoc on them and robs them of their luster. They need to be weaned away from television and computer screens forcibly and exercised once in a while to loosen the surrounding strained and contracted muscles to ensure that they get adequate blood circulation and nerve force. This can be achieved by including a few eye exercises in our daily routine. Read about these in Eye-Yoga. Simhamudra or the lion pose is another good exercise for the eyes.

lionpose-imageBut before proceeding to do that, you have to prepare yourself for it with a simple eye-pressing exercise. First firmly close your eyes, almost squeezing them shut and exerting a bit of pressure this way. Count to 12. Then relax your eyes by keeping them closed effortlessly for a while. Then start with simha mudra (lion-pose). Keep your spine erect and head straight. Open your mouth as wide as you can and bring your tongue out as much as possible. Then look at the ceiling without moving or raising your head. Maintain this position and count to 12 slowly. Then return to the original position. Rest your eyes for a short while by keeping them closed.

For the first few days repeat these two exercises alternately, three times each. Slowly increase it to four or five times. But don’t increase the number of repetitions beyond that. After completing these exercises do palming for about a minute or 100 counts.

See also:
Keep your eyes in good condition with these tips
Eye care for computer users
Protect your eyes from the harmful sun rays with suitable eye-gear
Choose sunglasses according to the shape of your face
Cool your eyes the natural way by using clay eyepads

Pic credits: yoga magazine

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  1. Shreeya7:16 PM

    Lion Pose is a recommended Yoga pose to help clear the skin.

  2. Anonymous5:31 PM

    There are many eye exercises for different problems. They involve training of extraocular muscles (eye movement in every direction and circular) and intraocular - ciliary muscle (switching focus from near objects to distant objects).Exercises improve tones and circulation in these muscles which is essential for relaxation. In people with refractive errors, exercising extraocular muscles applies certain pressure on eye balls which can result in changing shape back to normal. Also exercising ciliary muscle leads to better acommodation.

  3. Unknown6:47 PM

    Rubbing and Placing Your Palms on the Eyes for Relieving Eye Strain: You can sit on a chair with back straight. Close your eyes and gently rub your palms. Place the palms on your eyelids and feel the warmth. This exercise can help in soothing your tired eye muscles and prevent strain.

  4. Anonymous9:05 AM

    do acupressure, it will definitely improve your eyesight
    second, do yoga every morning, especially pranayama, part of yoga
    one home remedy for a better eyesight, mix equal quantities of say, 100 gms of almonds, cardamom and candy sugar. grind all of them and take 1 teaspoon of this powder every night with warm milk. and to your amusement its really delicious!!!

  5. Anonymous8:52 AM type of eye exercise can improve a refractive error or cure any ailment within the eyeball or in any remote part of the body. If you are considering a vision training program, request a written report detailing the problem, the proposed treatment plan, an estimate of the time and costs involved, and the prognosis. If the plan is not targeted toward a specific visual problem (such as amblyopia), or if it includes a broad promise such as improving I.Q., forget about it."

  6. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) is the vision vitamin. Take Cod-Liver Oil every day- it's loaded with Vit. A and also vit. d. Your nighttime vision will improve as well.

  7. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Just get glasses with the right prescriptions. My friend said, "Don't ever take off your glasses. Your eyesight gets worse." He told a fellow later on he's not a bully. Yes, if you don't wear glasses, your eyesight will get worse and not improve, so you need to wear glasses all the time to have healthy sight. I'm sorry, otherwise your eyesight will go to hell.

  8. Sudir8:13 AM

    The continuous practice of yoga increases the quality of your life .

  9. Neena8:14 AM


  10. Anonymous8:17 AM

    Relieves tension in the face and chest
    Improves circulation of blood to the face
    Keeps your eyes healthy by stimulating the nerves
    Stimulates and firms the platysma
    Helps prevent sore throat, asthma, and other respiratory ailments
    May help treat bad breath
    Is said to eradicate disease

  11. Kamalksha11:27 AM

    "Never force a stretch or a pose," "Simply allow your body to move to its edge."


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