Arguably you could look at yoga as a portable workout routine. You can do it anywhere. This naturally has its fair share of benefits, apart from yoga in and of itself benefiting the entire body. Plus that feeling of amazing-ness afterward Yoga has remedies for all sorts of ailments, and in particular we are going to focus on yoga eye exercises for glaucoma.
What is Glaucoma?
It is a disease of the eyes where there is a fluid build up that causes an increase in inter-occipital pressure. This build up pressure can cause discomfort, pain, poor vision and sometimes even blindness. It is predominately common in people over the age of 60 but can happen to anyone. Especially if there has been trauma to the eyes.
Yoga Benefits for Eye Pressure
Yoga can be your “how to guide to relieve eye pressure at home.” Yoga aims at doing this by regulating blood flow and putting the body in certain positions that naturally alleviate the discomfort in your eyes. Additionally, yoga focuses on de-stressing the mind, which studies have shown can trigger and even worsen the symptoms of glaucoma. That being said, in spite of yoga’s several health benefits, if you at any point feel discomfort in any pose, stop immediately. As a rule of thumb avoid any inverted asanas.
Yoga Eye Exercises for Glaucoma
Follow the Nadishudhi to begin with for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Think of this as a warm up gently massaging your body both internally and externally. Surprising focused breathing can also work up quite a sweat, great for calorie loss. But if you feel discomfort once again, stop.
Time to Get Standing
The next pose you should try is the Uttanasana or Forward Fold Pose. This helps relax your entire central nervous symptoms. Accompanied by deep breathing, this pose will help relieve pressure on your veins.
Time to Get Laying
You’re now probably 20 minutes in and worked up quite a healthy sweat. It’s time to relax and really open up your chakras with the Hero Pose or Virasana.
Herbal Cures for Glaucoma
Apart from hitting the mat you may try some of these herbs for glaucoma that are natural ways to relieve eye pressure. Brew an herbal tea with these herbs to enjoy after a nice yoga session.
Mmmm delish. Take care of your eyes and enjoy the feels!