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Eye yoga takes wellbeing world by storm: Find out how you can do it

Paul McCartney is a big fan!

It sounds like a storyline from a Netflix comedy, a bunch of new age hipsters sitting around doing eye yoga to keep the fitness levels of their peepers in tip-top shape.

But turns out eye yoga IS a thing and it’s booming in popularity.

While the practice is fast-becoming the in-thing in wellbeing circles, it gained credibility after Paul McCartney praised the exercises for improving his eyesight.

The Beatles star said he first started the process during a trip to India, revealing to Jessie Ware on her podcast Table Manners that he has noticed immediate improvements.

[Credit: Mary McCartney / Instagram]

Paul explained: “I learned it off some yogi. He explained that your eyes are muscles whereas your ears aren’t, so you can’t exercise your ears. But your eyes, you can.

“It’s pretty good stuff. It makes sense if they are muscles. I don’t know if it means that that’s why I don’t need glasses when I’m reading a newspaper. It’s a good idea.”

But how exactly does eye yoga work?

Fortunately, you don’t need a one-to-one with a yogi in India as optician Sharon Copeland at Feel Good Contacts has loaned her expertise with a how-to guide.

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She believes that the exercises can condition and strengthen the eye area, although does stress there is currently limited scientific evidence to enforce its full range of benefits.

Sharon said: “There is some evidence to show it can help eye strain.

“Eye yoga might be something worth considering if you spend your days staring at a computer screen for long periods of time and suffer from computer vision syndrome.”

So, to give your eyeballs a break from Google stalking, check out the suggestions below and be sure to remove your glasses or contact lenses before beginning.

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Eye rolling

  • With your eyes staring straight ahead, rotate your eyes up toward the ceiling
  • Roll your eyes to the far right
  • Roll your eyes to the floor
  • Roll your eyes to the far left
  • Roll your eyes back to the ceiling, then move your eyes straight ahead
  • Repeat up to four times, changing direction each time

Blinking

  • Blink 10 times in quick succession
  • Close your eyes, concentrate on breathing calmly for 30 seconds
  • Repeat up to five times

Sideways glance

  • Look straight ahead and hold your left arm outstretched in front of you, with your thumb pointing straight up
  • Move your thumb to the far left and back in front of you, following your thumb with your eyes as you do so
  • Repeat this exercise on the opposite side, using your right thumb

Palming

  • Sit in a comfortable position in a dark room
  • Rub your palms together quickly until you start to feel the heat between them
  • Cup your palms over your eyes, without pressing against the closed eyes
  • Concentrate on the warmth and darkness, this is a good exercise to use in meditation practice

Cross-eyed gaze

  • Hold one of your arms out straight with your thumb point upwards
  • Following your thumb with your eyes as you bring the thumb up to your nose
  • Hold this position for a moment, focusing on the thumb, before outstretching your arm again
  • Repeat this exercise five times, then close your eyes and rest

In addition to eye yoga, Sharon advised getting blue light blocking glasses to help reduce eye strain when using digital devices and/or an eye mask to relieve overworked eyes.

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