"It also helps puffiness in the eyes if you didn't get sleep the night before," said Koya Webb, a yoga teacher and health coach to the Insider. While there are many reasons why your eyes are puffy, some genetic, exercising your eyes may improve blood circulation and promote lymphatic drainage from the eye area, which may help you with those puffy under-eyes.
Lastly, eye yoga is beneficial for focus and may train your eye muscles to shift focus and identify objects you’re seeing much faster according to research. While it will most likely not make you see better or treat any eye conditions, eye exercises can help regain the sense of control in the eye area.
So, how does eye yoga work? It couldn’t be simpler, and it will only take 2 minutes of your time, no equipment or previous experience is required. Follow these steps:
1. First of all, close your eyes and inhale and exhale deeply a few times, paying attention to your eyes and how they may feel tired and heavy after a long day or just a few hours in front of the screen.
2. Start rubbing your palms against each other for a few seconds to warm them up, and then cover your eyes with your palms for 20-30 seconds, feeling the warmth of the hands and noticing how it starts to melt away the tension.
3. With your eyes still closed, start moving your eyes from left to right, and from the top to bottom, about 5 times in each direction. Then, start doing rolling circular motions with your eyes - this will massage your eye sockets, and you may even feel as if your nose is becoming decongested, as this last exercise is pretty good for lymphatic drainage.
That’s it! You can repeat this exercise as often as you wish, but yoga instructors recommend doing these exercises more often, about once every 30 minutes to an hour when you’re in front of a computer or even reading.
For a visual demonstration of some of the exercises we mentioned, as well as a few other alternative eye yoga exercises, watch the video below.
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