Everyone is yoga obsessed right now. It’s an amazing way to beat stress but it’s kind of time-consuming. If you can’t casually pop to a class in your lunch break or after a hard day at work when your really don’t feel like it, then when will you go? Well there’s a new yoga trend you can do at your desk. Seriously. And it’s already a huge thing over in the US. So it’s only a matter of time before we’re all doing it over here. What is it you cry? Eye yoga!
Eye yoga sounds pretty random doesn’t it? But nearly 70% of us are suffering from digital eye strain.
Source: The Vision Council
Yep, all that staring at a computer screen is giving you tired, dry eyes. We asked an expert, Silhouette’e Eye Health and Optometrist Dilip Darjee, what we can do.
“Dry eyes are becoming more and more common. They create an imbalance in the system”, Dilip told us. “It’s easy to become absorbed into your computer and phone screens, but it means that you’re not blinking enough which is damaging your eye heath. Eye yoga is a good thing to do every day.”
So what does eye yoga involve? “A great exercise to do is to follow the 20/20/20 rule. Look away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, at an object 20 feet away. This readjusts your eyes and gives them a break.”
A typical routine involves doing each exercise for 10 seconds – looking diagonally, side to side, up and down and blink to music. Music helps you with this because you can time yourself to do your repetitions for the duration of a song or two.
“Palming is also something people should be doing – this is where you cover your eyes with your palms for a few minutes. It stimulates the eye area and increases blood flow.”
Dry eye syndrome can turn into blurred vision, dizziness, tearing and even pain – so eye yoga is well worth doing. “I would definitely advocate eye yoga as it strengthens the eye muscles and will improve your eye health in the long run.”