Eye Cleansing and strengthening of the eyes has been dealt with in Yoga.
Of the cleansing techniques, even Jala Neti is noted for its beneficial effect to the eyes.
But the cleansing technique directly related to the eyes is known as Trataka or Yogic Gazing.
While Trataka has been classified as a cleansing (Shatkriya or Shatkarma) technique, it is also put under the category of Pratyahara techniques for its helpful effect in developing concentration and visual powers.
Practice of Trataka is said to have corrected several eye disorders.
Another amazing yoga cleansing technique is “Netra Shuddhi”. It is a 100% natural, chemical-free method that removes burning and tiredness of eyes and gives a fresh feeling to eyes.
An ancient Yogic cleansing practice where one uses eye cups to bathe the eyes using a well-researched, time-tested eye tonic formulated with the herbal panacea – Triphala as a base.
It rinses out dirt, irritants and other foreign pollutants from the eyes, leaving the eyes clean and eyesight sharp.
- Increases blood circulation around eyes which helps in diminution of dark circles.
- Increases blood supply to the eyes and the optic nerves
- Also as per Ayurveda, Triphala’s celestial genesis helps in prevention of cataract development.
- Soothes watery and sore eyes
- Cleanses the eye thoroughly
- Relieves tension/eye strain in the eyeballs
- Counteracts various eye disorders such as glaucoma, blepharitis, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and sties.
- Helpful for tired or puffy eyes, irritation of the eyes, redness of eyes and watering of eyes.
- Improves eyesight thus helps to control the increase of spectacle numbers.
- Useful in treating myopia, hypermetropia, presbyopia and headache.
Soak quarter of a teaspoon of Nettra Shuddhi powder in 100ml of clean water at night in the ceramic soaker. Allow to stand covered overnight. Next morning filter it through a fine sieve. Let it settle for a minute and its ready to use.
- Remove your contacts, if you are wearing any. Contacts can keep irritants in your eye. They will also prevent the wash from reaching your pupil.
- Wash the cups out before you use it to avoid infection. Then, fill your eye wash cup with the finely filtered eye wash solution.
- Holding the eye cups in the hand, lower the head and press the eye cups on both closed eyes. Do so firmly enough so that the rim creates a seal. This seal will keep the liquid in the cup, so that you can clean out your eyes.
- Slowly raise the head and open up your eyes. Blink the eyes so that the water enters into the eyes and they get cleaned. Blink 20-30 times for one minute.
- Tilt your head forward and throw out the eye wash.
- Don’t wipe or wash eyes thereafter but leave as they are.
- Then, rinse the eye wash cups out so they will be ready for use again the next time you need it.
Follow the eye-wash by massaging the eyelids by gently tapping on them with the index finger. Blink your eyes 7 times and rotate your eyes in all directions. (roll the eyes around clockwise, then counter-clockwise, then quickly up-down, left-right, and diagonally)
Netra Shuddhi should be practiced daily. The morning time is desirable.
- Netra Shuddhi practise is best early morning and can be practiced three times a day.
- Thoroughly clean your eye cups after each use. Same as a toothbrush do not share them with anyone else.
- There may be a very slight smarting sensation, but your eyesight and vision should feel immediately relieved and better afterward. In the rarest of occasions if you experience any other discomfort please discontinue and consult your doctor or other health care provider.