"All Life is Yoga" - Sri Aurobindo
The eyes are very important parts of our anatomy. They are the doorways to and mirrors of our mind, heart and soul. They enable us to see, read, perceive and they speak our hearts. One can also read them, listen to them and speak to them without even saying a word. Close them softly and they are cap a ble of transcending you on a journey which has no boundaries and destinations.
Yoga practitioners and teachers are familiar with exercises like Eye Rotations, Trataka, Asanas and Kriyas that help keep the eyes healthy, but these are seldom the focus of any routine yoga class or get the importance they merit.
I have been exercising my eyes ever since I did my Teachers Training Course way back in 2010 and the practice has helped me over the last decade in keeping them in good health, even as I turn seventy-five. My distance vision is normal and near vision is almost normal. To illustrate the point, I would say, I can thread a needle without the use of reading glasses, which I use only when I flick through very small print
Bolt from the Blue
About three years ago, in 2018, one fine morning, when I was in headstand (Sirsasana), during my daily yoga practice, I realised that I didn't have the full vision in my left eye. I came out of the Asana and checked the vision of both my eyes by covering one eye at a time and reading a newspaper with the other. My fear was confirmed that I had lost partial, about fifty percent, of my left eye vision. Whilst it was a rude shock, I must mention that I didn't get any pain or discomfort in my eyes that day whilst doing my yoga practice or earlier.
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