Sixties symbol Paul McCartney is the latest celebrity to give eye yoga a boost.
her ex-Beatle attributed the maintenance of perfect vision to simple daily practice.
The exercises are also supposed to “Help!” Those who suffer from the dreaded “Zoom Eyes” associated with digital eye strain.
So I was the first to give it a try after looking at a computer screen last year.
And Dublin yoga teacher Lydia Sasse said I wasn’t her only new student since the lockdown.
âIt was the biggest take-off of all practice,â she says.
âI’ve been teaching it for years, but since the lockdown it’s become absolutely awesome because everyone is looking at screens all day.
âIt’s everyone, from 20 to 80 years old. It’s all walks of life.
Facial yoga was first developed as part of the ancient Sukshma Vyayma tradition before being popularized by Indian yoga guru Dhirendra Brahmahari in the 20th century.
âBasically, it’s part of micro-movement yoga,â says Lydia, who also teaches chair yoga and bed yoga.
âThe idea is that you are working on controlling the fine motor muscles of the body.
âRight now people are often sitting in front of screens, so they have eye strain, tension headaches, dry eyes, all that sort of thing.
“If we only look closely [up], then the hyperopic muscles get really lazy, our side-to-side vision gets lazy, our ability to follow through the screen gets lazy, and as it happens, things like our eye prescriptions get worse.
âWe also have eye strain because we forget to blink, which makes our eyes very dry as well.
“Eye yoga can help retrain these muscles, which can actually improve your prescription if you wear glasses.”
Singer McCartney shared how he first discovered the exercises – including “palming” to soothe sore eyes – from a yogi during a trip to India in the late 2000s.
Speaking with her daughter Mary McCartney on the Table Manners podcast, the 79-year-old said: â[They] explained that your eyes are muscles while your ears are not, so you cannot exercise your ears. But your eyes, you can.
âI don’t know if that means that’s why I don’t need glasses when reading a newspaper.
“It makes sense, you know? It’s a good idea.”
Blinking to help hydrate the eyes, looking at the tip of the nose, improving long term vision and rotating vision, to engage the corpus callosum are just a few of the simple poses Lydia shows me to help improve my eye health and even my brain power at home.
But I’m more focused on the claim that exercising your eyeballs – like Jennifer Aniston – also reduces wrinkles.
âIt’s more than just moving your eyes,â says Lydia, who has been teaching eye yoga here for 12 years. âIt also improves the way the brain communicates with the rest of the body, which impacts memory, balance, coordination, mood, everything.
âBut I also see a lot more people, women and men, coming for beautification reasons. People are much more concerned about ânumber 11â lines and wrinkles because with the wearing of the mask, the eyes are now the most visible part of the body.
âEye yoga can give you poses that can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as identify stress patterns that you maintain on the face so that you can then change the way you move and use your face. “
Dark circles and puffiness are also banished by circulation-boosting eye yoga, according to Lydia, whose one-on-one eye yoga sessions cost $ 85, with just two minutes a day sufficient to keep peepers at bay. their peak.
âIt’s one thing less is more because the muscles are so small that you can do as much damage by exercising too much as not doing it at all,â she adds.
âOnce you’ve learned the exercises, it’s finally free.
âIt’s just a matter of adding it to your personal care routine like cleansing, toning and moisturizing. “
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