In India, Dr R.S. Agarwal (available in a book form titled Mind and Vision, published by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, costing Rs 50) offers his carefully researched methodology which has been popularized by Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In Mumbai, the modest Sanjeevan, the School of perfect eyesight, based on Dr Agarwal’s system has hundreds of ardent adherents, from all age groups, who have benefited enormously and improved their vision through this yoga of the eyes.
Dr Agarwal establishes the mind-sight connection right in the first sentence of his marvelously practical book: “Preservation of good eyesight is almost impossible without proper eye education and mental relaxation. The quieter the mind, better is the eyesight preserved.” He starts off giving credit to Bates, but re-introduces the yogic techniques of palming, sun treatment (also called sunning), relaxation. He says even five minutes of sunning (only the mild sunlight as at sunrise or sunset) can give relief in most eye problems. He also lays a lot of stress on the connection between a relaxed mind and perfect sight.
Palming helps for several reasons that is even today not clearly understood. But motivational guru and endocrinologist Deepak Chopra says just by mentally focusing on a particular body part we can increase blood flow to it, thus helping it heal itself. Perhaps palming works for similar reasons, where the light pressure on the crucial acupressure areas around the eyes give it relief, hastening and facilitating blood flow, encouraging lymphatic drainage, thus allowing the eyes to become stronger again.
Some of Dr Agarwal’s suggestions, shared by other alternative therapists for sight, include reading fine print to improve memory of letters, palming as often as possible, sunning, body-winging to help the eye muscles relearn the art of accommodation to fluctuating light conditions and re-training the mind to remember letters. This also includes relearning the art of blinking. Blinking gives rest to the eyes. Today’s modern computer boom means that we are fast forgetting the significance of this simple body mechanism. It is said those who sit before the computer for long hours blink 20 to 40 per cent less than is normal. Again, because most computers are placed in a-r-conditioned rooms which cause dehydration, we suffer the double whammy of dry eyes that have forgotten to moisturize themselves through blinking. This is the second in the three-part series on yoga and sight. Posted by Shameem Akthar at 4:51 AM Saturday, November 18, 2006 Labels: a, Book Review, Fitness