Eye movements

The eye muscles have some link to the muscles of the face, neck and shoulders. They store stress. Moving them in different ways is found to release some stress in the body and mind as well. Try the following eye positions and movements, in the sequence suggested. Change them as you like, for better impact on you. All these exercises are to be done matching with breathing as suggested. The head should not move when the eyes move. It should be held erect all along, as it does when looking straight ahead.

In each of the following still positions, hold the eye position as suggested, till you complete one set*. In the eye movements suggested further down, continue each movement, till 1 set* is completed. In both cases, increase the sets to 2 or 3, in those positions that make a relatively higher impact on your mind or body.

Eyes still

  • Look at the ceiling
  • Look at the floor right in front of your seat or the tip of your nose
  • Look left most possible
  • Look right most possible
  • Look at an angle midway between the top and left side
  • Look at an angle midway between the bottom and right side
  • Look at an angle midway between the top and right side
  • Look at an angle midway between the bottom and left side

Eyes Moving: Try to move the eyes slowly with awareness. Breathe in when the eyes move upward and breathe out when they move downward. When moving sideways, breathe in. When moving back to the center position, breathe in. This is not a sacred rule. Experiment and develop your own rules that make better sense for you.

  • Move the eyes up and down
  • Move them center to right most and center top left most
  • Move them in a cross direction top left to bottom right
  • Move them in a cross direction top right to bottom left
  • Move them in the biggest full circle right to left
  • Move them in the biggest full circle left to right

At the end, close your eyes and complete 3 sets*.

* One set is 3 breaths

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