Eye Exercises

In Forrest Yoga there are a sequence of Eye Exercises meant to reduce eye tension and improve both internal and external seeing skills. Many of us are glued to some kind of screen these days. Ipod, Iphone, laptop, Kindle, computer, TV, the list goes on and on!  The following Eye Exercises are pertinent to our modern times. They will help you to pop your limited viewing bubble, improve your eye health, and see with more clarity in your life.


If you are wearing glasses, remove them. If you have contacts you can wear them, but also try it without them.

Eye Exercises #1: Diagonals

Close your eyes and inhale, washing the breath up into the eye muscles.

Hold your breath, open your eyes and look up to the left corner of your vision then down to the right corner. Do this five or six times moving only your eyes.

Close your eyes and exhale. Feel for totally relaxing the muscles around the eyes.

Repeat 5-6 times.

Eye Exercises #2: Near & Far Perception

Close your eyes and inhale.

Hold your breath and open your eyes.

Bring your pointer finger 6 inches from your nose. Look at your finger until it comes into focus and then look at the farthest away point in the room, let that come into focus. Flick back and forth between the near and far point, moving as quickly as you can, but making sure each point comes into focus before moving on. Repeat as many times as possible.

Close your eyes, exhale, feel all the musculature around the eyes relax.

Repeat 3 times.

Eyes Exercises #3: Circling the Clock

Close your eyes and inhale.

Hold your breath, open your eyes.

Imagine a clock face right in front of you. Moving only your eyes look at 12:00 then 1:00 then 2:00, 3:00, etc… all the way around the clock until you come back to 12:00.

Close your eyes, exhale.

Do the same thing counter clockwise, again only moving your eyes.

Eye Exercises Finisher

Close your eyes, take a deep inhale and hold your breath.

Rub your palms vigorously together creating intense heat between your hands. Once your hands are incredibly warm place your hands on your eyes and exhale. Let your eyes soak up the heat of your hands, melting tension away. Stay here a few breaths and relax!

After working your eyes in this way take a moment to check out how you see after having done these exercises. What’s different? How do you feel?

These eye exercises are a great way to start off a yoga practice, especially a blindfolded yoga practice! Try them out and tell me about it below!

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3 Responses to Eye Exercises

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  2. amy says:

    oh – this is a wonderful set of exercises – seemingly so simple (at first i was thinking ‘am i missing somthing?’) but now, after i’ve done the whole set, my eyes feel so much more awake. i feel i’m taking more of the whole world into my body now, thorugh my eyes – amazing. i imagine doing that every day – or even twice a day – would be a good plan. have you been doing them long kat? noticed any differance? i was thinking too how it must be a good plan to care for our eyes in the darkness of winter. i certainly find hunting out the sunlight a daily game at the moment and sometimmes that can feel a great strain on my eyes. thanks kat! big love. x

    • electrickat says:

      I haven’t ever tried doing them every single day. I do them maybe once per week or so. What I have noticed is that Owl Eyes or Wide Angle Vision has literally made my vision better. Every year when I go into the Eye Doc my vision prescription gets smaller and smaller. I usually go down a quarter in each eye!

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