Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Do you wash your eyes?



It may sound odd to you, but eye washing practise (Chakshu dhauti in Sanskrit terms) does exist and it is an important cleansing technique according to yogic science. You need an eye cup for this practise like the one shown in the photo above. It's mine actually. I try my best to do it at least once a day but in fact, it can be done a few times in a day as you desire. Continue reading to learn more about this simple yet effective practise.


Who should do it?

ANYONE. No contraindications for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Shouldn't be an issue for anyone suffering from any eye disorder but please consult your doctor if you are unsure and if you have undergone any form of eye surgery. Make sure to remove your contact lens, if you wear any, before you begin eye washing.


When to do it?

ANYTIME OF THE DAY.


How to do it?


  1. Fill up your eye cup with clean, room temperature water up to the rim. Try not to use tap water.
  2. Bring the water in contact with your eye ball.
  3. Blink and roll your eye ball in the water for about 1 to 2 minutes
  4. Discard the water, fill up the eye cup again and repeat on the other eye.
  5. You can repeat the steps above 3 to 5 times.

* Important: Make sure not to rub or even touch your eye area once you complete each round of eye washing. Just wipe the excess water on the cheeks but do not go close to the eye area. Allow the eyes to rest completely.


What really happens during eye washing?

Imagine giving your eye balls a much deserved bath. Remove impurities collected in the eyes, refresh and feel a cooling sensation through eye washing. If you feel any burning sensation or irritation, don't be alarmed because it's a natural reaction as the eyes are going through a "cleanse".


Benefits.

  1. Remove dusts and impurities.
  2. Refreshes the eyes and reduces excess body heat.
  3. Improves vision, reduces eye strain and heals eye conditions.
  4. Relieves itchiness or discomfort that can come from allergies, environmental conditions or contact with chemicals.
  5. Helpful for migraine, headaches and sleep disorders.

That was easy. Not just to read but it's super easy to practise too. I will try to get information on where you can get these eye cups if you are interested in getting them for yourself. Although, I think you can get them at your local pharmacies, but it does come with the chemical eye wash solution. Let me know if you ever give this a try or if you have been practising, share with me what changes you have experienced. WASH YOUR EYES PEOPLE!

~M~