Relaxing the eyes by relaxing the hands
In the first „chapter” of this lesson you focus on hand movements. Opening and closing the hands, and then rolling them softly in sync with your breath. This is done in several variations and in various locations on your torso. This is repeated in a second and third chapter, in which more movements are introduced – such as lifting of the elbows or rolling the pelvis – to challenge the process of softening up your hands and breathing freely. In between chapters the softened up hands are placed to fully cover the eyes.
Visually intense tasks such as extended computer or smartphone use, long hours at work, or inadequate lighting may cause eye strain. Short term symptoms can be perceived pain in or around the eyes, blurring, headaches, or even doubling of vision. Eye strain usually is relieved once the eyes are well rested. Here's a great way to help with that. The hands are becoming increasingly softer and more relaxed, and that feeling is then transferred to the eyes. This lesson is like a DIY luxury spa visit for your eyeballs.
In sitting or lying supine, stand your elbow so that your lower arm is vertical. Chose one hand to work with first. Have your eyes closed.
Stand your hand and let it sink
Once the palm of your hand is in line with the lower arm, once facing the ground.
- When your hand is balanced on your forearm, your fingers tend to be closer together. When your hand is tipped over, your fingers tend to separate from each other.
Make it a slow movement. Be gentle. Explore how slow you can get.
In sitting or lying supine, have one lower arm vertical.
Lead with one finger at a time
With each finger one by one lead your hand to stand, then let your hand sink over again.
- Your hand is being guided in a different pathway with each finger. The leading finger is leading just by a tiny little bit, almost invisibly so, do not exaggerate.
Each time you stand your hand it is an opportunity to become aware of unnecessary tension and let go of it.