The Yoga Journal conducted a study in which showed that 6.9% of adults in the United States practice yoga.
That doesn’t seem like that many people does it? However, that 6.9% equals 15.8 million people!
You may be thinking, “That’s great, but I’m not one of them.”
However, if you are a member of the Rebuild Your Vision Program, you may actually be doing exercises that are similar to the eye exercises practiced in yoga. We have mentioned that eye exercises provide many health benefits.
The practice of yoga attaches special attention to eye exercises for two main reasons:
- Many eye problems later in life can be contributed to eye muscles that have weakened through lack of use. Following an eye exercise program can keep the muscles toned and flexible.
- Tension in your eyes can produce an overall feeling of tension in your body. This is attributed to the connection of the eye to the brain by way of the optic nerve. Therefore, when you exercise your eyes, you relieve the tension in the eye muscles and help to reduce the tension in the rest of your body.
One celebrity, former Beatle, Paul McCartney has released his own eye yoga video. He claims that the eye exercises that he learned in India have helped his vision remain a healthy 20/20.
Members of the Rebuild Your Vision Program will find many similarities between the eye exercises we offer and those that are recommended by yoga.
A good example of this would be the exercise called “palming”:
Drawing up your knees while sitting on your mat, keep your feet slightly apart on the floor. Now charge your palms up with electricity by briskly rubbing them and then cup your palms and place them over your eyes as they’re closed.
Your right and left hand fingers should be crossed over each other while resting on your forehead. While your neck is kept straight, your elbows should be resting on your knees as they are raised. While palming your eyes remember your deep breathing techniques and remember not to bend your head.
What do you think of when you hear the word yoga? Do you picture a person sitting on the floor with their legs crossed in impossible ways? Yoga is much more than that!
Yoga is the practice of bringing your body and mind into balance. While yoga can help you increase your flexibility, increase blood circulation, tone and strengthen muscles, and increase your peace of mind it goes much further than that.
Aetna’s InteliHealth website states that:
Yoga has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, increase lung capacity, increase the amount of time you can hold your breath, improve muscle relaxation and body composition, cause weight loss and increase overall physical endurance.
Yoga may affect levels of brain or blood chemicals, including monoamines, melatonin, dopamine, stress hormones (cortisol) and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). Changes in mental functions such as attention, cognition, processing of sensory information and visual perception have been described in some research studies in humans.
Consider expanding your horizons; stretch your boundaries and your eye muscles. After all, 15.8 million people can’t be all wrong.