How the Sunning Eye Exercise Improves Eyesight
The eye exercise called Sunning accomplishes several important, related things. It reduces light sensitivity and thereby reduces the tendency to squint in bright light. It also causes the pupils to fully contract thereby creating sharper, clearer eyesight. At the same time it stimulates the macula since the macula needs bright light to function optimally.
Other great benefits of this eye exercise can come from simply being in the sun itself. We should all know that the sun has a full spectrum of benefits both for our bodies and our minds. In particular, the sun provides Vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium into our bones. Improvement in mood can also be achieved as the sun promotes the production and release of “happy hormones” such as Serotonin and Endorphins.
Moreover, an insufficient amount of sunlight can affect the regulation of melatonin, the hormone responsible for helping you sleep at night. Getting enough sunlight during the day can help you sleep better at night.
Sunning Eye Exercise Summary
Start with the eyes closed and face the sun when it is not too hot outside. Slowly turn the head from side to side, allowing the sun to stimulate, activate and nourish all the areas of the eyes.
If you are particularly sensitive to sunlight or it is a day when the sun has decided to not grace you with its presence you can try the second eye exercise called Skying.
Sunning Eye Exercises Step-By-Step
- Remove any corrective lenses i.e glasses and contact lenses.
- Close your eyes and stand, sit or lay down facing the sun.
- Turn your head as far as possible all the way left and then all the way right.
- Make sure that your head turns far enough so that your eyes are shaded from the sun.
- If your neck is not flexible enough to reach a point where your eyes are shaded, go ahead and turn your shoulders once your neck won’t turn any further.
- After sunning for a few minutes, turn away from sun and palm for five deep breaths covering your eye orbits with loosely cupped hands (heels of your hands softly on your cheekbones and fingers on your forehead).
- Turn back towards the sun and continue sunning, paying particular attention to the difference in color and intensity of light falling on your eyelids.
- The minimum suggested time for this sequence is 10 minutes and, if possible, end your sunning session with a short palming.
Skying Eye Exercise
Depending on where you live, or the weather, the sun might not be available to you.If this is the case try Skying.
Skying Eye Exercises Step-By-Step
- Remove glasses or contacts.
- Make sure it is a cloudy day and the sun is not fully exposed.
- Look up at the sky and place one hand on the forehead and the other on the back of the neck.
- Hold the hands in this position applying pressure to the forehead and back of the neck.
- Now turn your head from side to side, keeping the hands stationary, make sure your focus is on the sky.
- Blink rapidly but not forcefully.
- The suggested minimum time for skying is 10 minutes.