To understand how yoga can combat stress and eye strain, firstly, we need to look at what yoga actually is, which is a pretty complex question because yoga is many different things to different people. What I want you to understand is that yoga certainly does not have to be twisting your body into pretzel shapes!
There are many yoga exercises that are very slow and gentle, and accessible to everyone. Almost everything I teach in my workshops can be done sitting in a chair, or an alternative used. Sometimes there may be encouragement to get down on the floor, such as for deep relaxation, but it is certainly not compulsory to do so.
There are also many yoga practices that are not physical exercises. And these other practices are some of the most profound and effective yoga practices; you will be experiencing many of these practices.
These are the practices that help handle stress, keep your body healthy, keep you looking radiantly alive, help to nurture your creative side, aim to let you live at peace in the World, provide you with clarity and direction, and have many, many other benefits.
This is the yoga that I aim to share with people, the lesser known side of yoga. Particularly if you have shied away the minute you hear that “yoga” word, I want you to get these benefits!
I don’t want you to miss out just because the image some modern yogis portray is one of a slim, beautiful body twisting into acrobatic poses. It is great that people can use the physical practices of yoga to achieve a beautiful body, but you could use most forms of exercise to achieve that. What you can’t achieve with other forms of exercise are the most profound benefits of yoga.
The traditional aim of yoga, and the aim of the practices I teach, is that Yoga calms the fluctuations of the mind (“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali verse 1.2). The benefit of calming the mind is wide ranging. We will explore a range of ideas to achieve this. For most people it doesn’t happen overnight, it does take some consistent practice, so you need commitment to do the practices regularly.
We will be using breathing practices, some gentle targeted exercises (such as those to keep the eyes and eyesight healthy) and some relaxation and meditation practices.
We will use various yoga practices to combat stress and eye strain:
- Yogic eye exercises for eye health,
- Some gentle exercises (yoga asana) to deal with tight muscles around the neck and shoulders.
- Face yoga to tighten the facial muscles and maintain a younger appearance
- Meditation and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) to deal with stress and worries
- Yoga Nidra utilizing Sankalpa (or resolve) to manifest your deepest desires
- Meditation and affirmations to foster creativity
- Breathing practices to alleviate stress and raise vitality
- and a few little known tips and tricks that can be useful in a variety of situations