Do you find yourself staring at a screen all day? Whether it’s the constant phone scrolling or the back-to-back Zoom meetings, screen time is up due to lockdown – and it’s not going to change any time soon. All this extra screen time is leading to an increase in eye strain, blurred vision and headaches.
The simplest solution, of course, would be to switch off your phone or laptop. A more realistic answer is to rest and strengthen the muscles of our eyes – and that’s where eye yoga comes in.
So if your eyes are sandpaper dry and twitchier than a bunny’s nose, read on!
What is eye yoga?
It may sound like the latest wellness trend, but eye yoga has been around for years. Just as we focus on building strength and flexibility in the body during yoga asana practice, we can do the same for the muscles around the eyes.
How to do eye yoga
Eye yoga can be done by absolutely everyone (check with your specialist if you have an eye condition). It can also be considered a mindfulness practice, as it requires single pointed focus. Warmed palms soothe the eyes and activate the Aschner reflex, where pressure to the eyes results in the heart beat slowing down. Next, acupressure points are stimulated around the eyes. The eyes are then closed and guided to move in different directions.
Ready to soothe your tired eyes?
Here’s a 10 minute eye yoga class that includes acupressure points to relieve eyestrain caused by too much screen time. Give it a go and let me know how you find it. If you like it, be sure to share it with your tired eye friends!