If your eyes feel dry and tired, why not give these "eye yoga" exercises a go? Created by eyewear brand Silhouette, they can be practiced any time and anywhere.
1. The Morning Routine
- Sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor and concentrate on breathing in and out for a few moments.
- Look up and down five times and close the eyes.
- Open the eyes, look to the left and right five times and close eyes.
- Open the eyes, look to the upper right and the lower left five times and close again.
- Open the eyes, look to the upper left and lower right five times and close again.
- Rub your palms firmly together and lay them on your eyes.
Your head doesn’t move at all during the exercises, just your eyes. After a few days, some additional exercises may be added to the morning eye yoga routine:
- Roll the eyes clockwise and counter-clockwise, start by looking down and fixing on a point on the floor.
- From there, look slowly to the left and then up to the ceiling, then to the right and back to the floor.
- This exercise must be performed very slowly and the eyes must move in a large circle, with the head remaining still throughout.
- Blink a few times after the exercise, close the eyes and rest with closed eyes by lying down for three minutes, before repeating the exercise counter-clockwise.
2. Relaxation of the Eyes After Exercise
- Sit with open eyes and blink quickly 10 times.
- Keep your eyes closed for minimum 20 seconds.
- Repeat this exercise at least five times.
- Close your eyes as firmly as possible.The eyelids must be pressed together firmly and the eye muscles must be noticeably tensed.
- Hold this contraction for three seconds and then quickly release it.
- Blink a few times and repeat the exercise at least four times.
3. Energy for Tired Eyes
This exercise relaxes and rejuvenates the eye muscles and stimulates the intraocular fluid circulation. It is an in-between exercise for the eyes and quickly revives tired eyes again.
- Close your eyes and rub your palms firmly together until they are warm.
- Once the hands are nicely warm, put the arched palms gently on both of the eyelids without directly touching them.
- The palms' warmth passes over onto the eyes and relaxes them.
- This exercise should be repeated at least three times.
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