Yoga For Healthy Eyes



The face is the index of the mind and the eyes are the windows of the soul, and “the fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes”, once Swami Sitaramananda said.

Anyone who practices yoga  will have experienced how releasing stress and increasing flexibility  benefits the body’s health. But a part of the body which is often  forgotten or ignored is the eyes, and many people are unaware of what  can be done to improve vision.

The pioneer in natural  vision improvement was New York ophthalmologist, William H Bates  (1860-1931). In the years he worked as assistant surgeon at the New York Eye Infirmary Dr Bates examined thousands of eyes, and  discovered not only that eyesight changes all the time, but contrary  to the conventional belief, which still prevails today, that it was  the muscles around the eye which are instrumental to focusing rather  than the lens inside the eye.

Although Dr. Bates’ ideas were not accepted by the scientific community and he was  expelled from the New York Post-Graduate Medical School where he  taught ophthalmology, when he taught medical students how to improve  their near-sightedness, he continued to develop his theory and also a  method of vision training. In 1920 his book, Better Eyesight Without Glasses, was  published, which is still in print today.

In the 1930s Indian  ophthalmologist, Dr RS Agarwal, became interested in Dr Bates’ work  and founded the School for Perfect Eyesight at the Sri Aurobindo  Ashram in Pondicherry.

Leo Angart, author of Improve Your Eyesight Naturally,  wore glasses for 25 years before restoring his vision from -5.5  (severe myopia) to 20/20 vision in a period of only three months. For  the last twelve years he has helped thousands of people around the  world improve their sight.

“The muscles in  the eye,” Leo Angart says, “are used to focus, but the focusing  is due to intention. Your intention starts and your eye follows.  Vision is 90% in the mind.”

Angart says that what is  most important is to believe that it is possible to have better  eyesight, and also to understand that natural clear vision is  effortless. When Leo Angart cured his own vision he searched for a  method which would give him quick results. He believes that vision  improvement is the combination of four elements:

  1. Belief work –  resolving any limiting beliefs related to what you, at one point in  your life, did not want to see or because of your beliefs must not  be seen.

  2. Physical exercises –  if you wear correcting lenses your eye muscles do not get used as  much as they normally would, so they must be regenerated by  exercise.

  3. Energy work –  pranic healing and acupuncture exercises can help remove eyestrain  and give energy to the eyes.

  4. Visualisation –  imagery and memory are important parts of healthy vision.


To release the tension  causing astigmatism use the Tibetan Wheel

  1. Hold the Tibetan  Wheel 3cm from your nose, with the tip of your nose at the white  circle in the centre. It does not matter if you can not see the  chart clearly.

  1. Inhale and move your  eyes up the left hand side of the spoke at the top of the page until  you reach the black ball at the top of it. Exhale and move your eyes  down the right hand side of the spoke. Inhale and move your eyes to  the top of the needle like spoke at one o’clock, and exhale as you  move your eyes back to the center.

  1. Continue around the  chart in a clockwise direction. Then close your eyes, rub your hands  together and cover your eyes with the palms of your hands for one  minute (this is called palming).

  1. Repeat the Tibetan  Wheel exercise in an anticlockwise direction and palm again.

Do this exercise four  times a day with at least two hours of rest in between. The eye  muscles should regain their flexibility between a few days and a few  weeks. Check your progress using the Astigmatism Test Chart.


Take an object like a  ball pen with some clear print on it more than 2mm high.

  • Cover the left eye  with one hand.

  • Holding the pen with  the other hand slowly move it away from you.

  • Find the furthest  point your right eye can see the print on the pen clearly.

  • Slowly move the pen  backwards and forwards past your point of clear vision. As you do so  your eyes attempt to focus on it and this extends your vision.

  • Repeat for the left  eye.

  • The movement is similar to  the action of a trombone player so is called tromboneing. The more  tromboneing is done the better.

Energy Exercise

  1. Activate your hands  by lightly touching the center of your palms and the tip of each  finger, finally shake the hands.

  1. Close the four  fingers of one hand to form an imaginary arrow. Close your eyes and imagine apple green energy flowing from  the center of your palm down through your folded fingers to create a  beam of green energy. Hold your hand so the finger tips are 10cm  away from the Ajna Chakra, the third eye. Breathe in and out seven  times as you imagine apple green energy flowing in an endless stream  from your fingertips to the point between the eyebrows and filling  your eyes with cleansing green energy. The green energy works like  soap. Then energize the Ajna Chakra with yellow energy for two  breathing cycles. Yellow energy has a sticky effect that binds the  loosened energy together, so it is easier to remove.
  1. Now imagine you are  wearing a glove of transparent green or violet energy, which extends  about 10cm from your fingertips. Use your extended energy fingers to  scoop away tired and old stress from your eyes. Clean the eyes all  the way to the back of the eyeball. This clears the tension and  tiredness in the eyes.

  1. Next energize the  Ajna Chakra with violet energy for seven breathing cycles. This  strengthens the eyes.

  1. Find the energy  point at the back of the head at the same level as the eyes and for  seven breathing cycles visualize white energy flowing from your  fingertips through the head and into the eyeballs.
  1. Imagine your  hand is a paint roller dipped in blue sky energy. With a couple of  sweeps paint a layer of blue around the energy you have projected  into your eyes. Blue stabilizes the energy.
  1. Finally, rub  your palms together until they are warm, and finish with about 30  seconds of palming. You may see colors when you do this, and it is  the energy being absorbed into the system, but don’t be concerned  if you do not see colors.

For maximum benefit do  this exercise every two hours, because it restores energy to the  eyes. Leo Angart has had myopic participants who have improved their  eyesight by as much as 8 diopters just by doing this exercise.


  • Look at a paragraph  of text and move it away from your eyes until you can see it very  clearly.

  • Move the text a  fraction closer, so it begins to blur. Then move the text back and  forth like a trombone player. You will notice that your eyes begin  to focus closer.

  • Once you can read the  paragraph clearly at 15cm from the eyes find some smaller print and  repeat the exercise.

  • Then move the text  from an arm’s length away to within 15cm of your eyes in order to  develop range.

  • Finally practice  reading small print in different kinds of light.

This tromboneing for  reading can be done frequently. It builds up flexibility in your  muscles just like when you do asanas.

If you want to know more about these methods, please take a look at PhD. LMT. Meir Schneider‘s videosMeir Schneider – Yoga for Your Eyes  (Part 1) and Meir Schneider – Yoga for Your Eyes (Part 2)
Meir Schneider is the founder of the School of Self-Healing located in San Francisco, California.  He used Bates methods to help heal his own eyes.
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