Yoga Therapy For Eye Problem

(March 10, 2009)

What yoga moves are good for eye problems? (floaters)

If you see tiny little specks moving in front of your eyes, they are floaters. People often tend to see them when gazing at a plain background, such as the blue sky or a blank wall. Floaters are just small clumps of gel or cells within the vitreous area that fill the inside of the eye. That is the clear jelly-like fluid in your eye.

Floaters often look like strands, specks, webs or weird shapes. In actual matter of fact, what you are seeing, or think you are seeing are just the shadows of floaters that are cast on the retina; this happens to be the light-sensitive part of our eyes.


Yoga Therapy for Floaters and Spots

Most spots and floaters in our eye are quite harmless and just a bit annoying. Most of them tend to fade away in time and become less troublesome. Oftentimes, a lot of folks, in a hurry, resort to surgery to remove them, but ophthalmologists are willing to oblige only in the rarest of instances.

On the other hand, sudden appearance of many floaters, particularly if accompanied by flashes or other optical disturbances, just might be indicative of a retinal detachment or some serious eye problem. It is always better to consult your eye doctor immediately in this case. Meanwhile, please practice these Yogasanas (postures), Pranayamas (breathing exercises) and Kriyas (cleansing techniques) with special emphasis on the eye kriyas and exercises mentioned at the end:

Asanas (poses)


  • Ardha Chakrasana (Half Moon pose)
  • Padahastasana (Forehead to knee pose)
  • Padangusthasana (Toe to hand pose)
  • Parvatasana (Mountain pose)
  • Tadasana (Palm Tree pose)
  • Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)


  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fish pose)
  • Gomukhasana (Cow face pose)
  • Janu Sirshasana ((Forehead to single knee pose)
  • Marichyasana (Pose dedicated to the sage Marichi)
  • Paschimottanasana (Forehead to both knees pose)
  • Simhasana (Lion pose)
  • Ushtrasana (Camel pose)


  • Single Leg and Double Leg Raises without raising your head and neck
  • Chakrasana (Wheel pose)
  • Matsyasana (Fish pose)
  • Navasana (Boat pose)
  • Pawanmuktasana (Wind relieving pose)
  • Purvottanasana (Inclined Plane)
  • Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge formation pose)


  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
  • Shalabhasana (Locust pose)


Please avoid all inverted poses at all costs.


  • Vrikshasana (Tree pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle pose)
  • Kakasana (Crow pose)

Pranayamas (breathing exercises)

  • Kapalabhatti (Skull cleansing)
  • Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
  • Suryabhedana (Right Nostril breathing)

Kriyas (Cleansing techniques)

  • Jala Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with water)
  • Sutra Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with rubber catheter)
  • Vaman Dhauti (Cleansing stomach by vomit water on empty stomach)

Eye kriyas and exercises

Netra Dhauti

Trataka – this includes candle gazing, shoulder gazing, gazing at the tip of the nose and between the eyebrows with the help of your thumb.

It is best that you solicit the assistance of a well qualified and experienced Yoga teacher or, better still, enlist into a Yoga institute of repute to learn and master these techniques.

Submitted by A on March 10, 2009 at 04:17

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