Yoga for Eye Sight Essay
Published by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana #19, Eknath Bhavan, Gavipuram Circle, Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru – 560019 City Office – Ph: 080-26612669 Telefax: 080-26608645 Prashanti Kutiram Campus – Ph: 080-22639996 E mail: [email protected] org Web: www. svyasa. org Contents Ch. no. 1 2 Introduction Body Systems in Improving Physical Stamina 3 4 5 Physiology of Muscle Action Physical Stamina According to Yoga Yoga Practices for Physical Stamina Development title Page no. Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 7 IntRoDUCtIon
The great master Swami Vivekananda said that there are four main streams of yoga:Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga. To use all these streams of yoga to build the personality. We are now going to focus on Eyesight Development or Eyesight Improvement. In late 60s the TV came afresh in Bangalore city and everybody was so fascinated, particularly the children glued themselves to TV forgetting all their sports outside. Went on watching 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours, 6 hours and movies after movies and as expected it started happening in 5 or 6 years, 1972-73 we started seeing most of these children wearing very thick glasses.
We felt too bad. We said can we solve this problem? Many people said that we are not going to allow our children to watch the TV. That is no solution. This is when we started developing yoga module. The specialised techniques that yoga prescribes for eyesight improvement were selected from various yoga techniques. The precautions we have to take, norms that we have to follow were taken care. So we developed this module, integrated yoga module for eyesight improvement. We started giving that in Yoga Camps.
One week camp, 15 days camp, one month camp and we started documenting the result whether really it is useful or not. The results were very fascinating. When we have an average of 1000 or 1500 students, we have found that the eyesight can improve by one Diapter for short sight students with a practice of every day half an hour for one month. This integrated yoga module can bring such wonderful results. Practice for half an hour every day for one month, one Diaptor is going to reduce. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 8 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement
When we continued children with -5, -6, -7 children were able to normalise their eyesight. Then we started taking up this. Initially we have short theory and then we go for the practice and what is the whole basis for the eyesight improvement that we are talking? Many people think that the accommodation power of the lens is going to change. No. It is Eye Ball Curvature. In short sight the image is falling too far in front of the Fovea. But why is that distortion taking place in the eye ball? This is because of the differential pull of the rectie muscles of the eye ball.
So when we do yoga in which we handle the eye excercises to see that the muscles co-ordinate so cohesively that the eye ball starts becoming normal. How do we know it is going to become normal? One of our Opthalimic specialist Dr. Upadhyay in England, measured the eye ball curvature and after 15 days, after one month of yogic practices the eye ball curvature started getting normal. Such results prove that yoga brings in normalisation and it is these techniques that we have used. Trataka is the specialised practice that yoga prescribes. It is one of the six kriyas.
Kriyas are essentially meant for cleansing and to strengthen the nerves which connect the eyes to the brain which handles the different muscles and calming down of the mind, silencing of the mind, slowing down of the breath, does wonders. Therefore in this module we are going to use some Asanas, special breathing practices and mainly the Trataka and the meditation which help the people develop their eyesight. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 9 stRUCtURe AnD FUnCtIons oF eYe
Let us try to understand the structure and functions of the eye so that we can go ahead to understand how Yoga works in improving our eyesight. We all have two eyes. A resting eye is designed for distant vision. Near work always involve lot of work on the small, little muscles of the eye. Each eye is comparable to a photographic camera. Just like the camera has a diaphragm and an aperture, our eye also has a dark highly pigmented diaphragm called Iris. This Iris cuts off all the light from entering into the eye ball and in the centre of the diaphragm is the little transparent hole called the Pupil.
The diaphragm is called the Iris, the apercher is called the pupil. Through this pupil only nature allows the light to pass through. What are the functions of a good camera? It should have a very good powerful lens so that it can have a very clear image at its focal point and it should be able to adjust very perfectly to the light conditions and also to the distance of the object from the film of the Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 10 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement camera. Our eye although is comparable to a camera, is not having a shape of a camera.
It is a beautiful globule. It is a beautiful spherical ball which has got all the functions of a camera. For example, in this picture, you can see the iris with its aperture and the diaphragm. Light passes through the aperture which is covered by a very transparent glossy convex sheet called the Cornea. This is highly sensitive structure of the eye. You would have experienced even before any dust particle sits on the eye, you would have blinked. So this Cornea is a highly sensitive but extremely transparent convex layer which covers the front of the eye.
As the light passes through the Cornea and the Pupil, it passes through the convex lens of the eye which focuses the Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 11 light rays on to the back of the eye ball. These light rays that pass through the Cornea, will get refracted there, then they get finely adjusted at the convex lens and the light passes through to the back of the eye where the photo sensitive layer of the eye exists called the Retina.
Just like in a convex lens which you would have seen in your physics experiments in your school days, there is a focal point where very clear image of the object in front is focused through the convex lens. Similarly the natural eye has a capacity to adjust the shape of the convex lens so that the light rays fall exactly at the focal point so that the Retina is getting the sharp image of the object that we see. This Retina has got photo sensitive sensors, photo sensors. What are these photo sensors? They are called Rods and Cones which can sense the light rays.
They are called Rods and Cones which convert the light energy through chemical energy into the electrical energy and pass it on through the relay nerves to our optic nerves. So all these fibers from millions of these Rods and Cones carry this information to our eye ball where the Retina carries the image and converts it from light energy to electrical energy. The information is carried on to our brain through the optic nerves. The light rays are now transferred as electrical activity to the actual cortex of the brain called the Occipital Cortex.
This Occipital cortex is there behind our head, the last portion of the big chunk of the brain. The Occipital Cortex starts interpreting doing lots of interconnections, interpretations and intermingling of information checking with past experience, post experience, lots of nerve connections, do lots of computerization and finally the image is transferred on to our mind. It is the mind that does the perception and finds the meaning of the image that has Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 12 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement been seen.
Say for example, you are seeing a beautiful tree. All the colour clear images are to be transferred on to the specific spot in the Retina. If the tree is not in front of your eyes, if it is to the side, then you cannot get very clear picture. Suppose your friend walks into the room, you suddenly turn your eye balls to see who it is. Although you have big area that is covered by the big area of the Retina, the image has to fall on a specific point in the Retina called the Fovea or the Macula of the Retina where there are large number of Rods and Cones.
To do that nature has provided us with an ability to move the eye ball in various directions with good number of muscles attached to the eye ball. So wherever we want any movement in the body, if we want to move the hand also, we need the muscles there. Just like a muscle moves the hand up, the external muscles of the eye ball moves the eye ball in different directions. So we want to move the eye ball upwards, downwards, to the left, to the right. Therefore to move the eye ball we have very thin strip of muscles which are attached to the eye ball all around and these muscles when they contract, move the eye ball.
So if you want to move the eye ball upward, you have a set of muscles and the upper portion called the Superior rectus Which pulls the eye ball in the upward direction. Pulling the eye ball in the downward direction is possible by moving Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 13 the lower set of the muscles to right and moving the eye ball to the left is possible through lateral set of muscles. Various rotatory movements are possible through a sling of the oblique muscles.
On the whole, eye ball has got six muscles that have to work in a highly coordinated way. When object on to your right has to be seen, you want to move the left ball to the right and the right eye ball to the right. So coordination is brought about by information that is carried from the brain along the nerves. These nerves gives the correct information to the correct set of coordinating muscles. This is how we are able to get a very sharp image focused on to the Fovea of the retina. Here the clear image is interpreted or converted into electrical activity.
There is also another very important activity that goes on in the eye with all the work that we do. Say when you are looking at a very distant object all the eye muscles are relaxed. As soon as you want to reach or look at a T. V. or a computer screen, there is a lot of adjustment that eye has Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 14 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement to do. Shrinking or construction of the pupil, thickening of the lens and drawing in of the eye balls all these three put together is called the accommodation reflex.
This goes on very naturally. So try and understand how complex, how beautifully the nature has provided this mechanism to do whatever we want and to get a beautiful picture, the colour and the beauty of the world and appreciate it. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 15 PRoBLeMs oF eYe WHeRe YoGA CAn HeLP Understanding the Anatomy, Physiology and the problems of the eye according to understood by Modern Medical Science will help us to understand how yoga can help us in improving our eyesight.
So let us see what are all the problems of the eye where Yoga can be of great help. These are all the conditions where Yoga has been tried and large number of people have been benefited by doing Yoga for these problems. One of the commonest problems faced today with the modern life style is the computer related eye problems and eye strain. Eye strain because of continuous near work for long hours, either reading a small printed book or computer work or watching a TV or watching a CD, playing computer games all these lead to continuous near work.
Present day life style has lead us to do so much of near work that almost we have forgotten how to do a relaxed distant vision. For example, you see some computer professionals when they are walking on the street they are looking and seriously thinking of something and looking as if their eyes are fixed for near vision. We have forgotten to open our eyes, look at the distant objects, enjoy the trees and birds, flowers by looking at the sky, looking at the nice clouds and the beautiful stars and moon because of so much of habit of near work.
We have understood how near work has a need for the eyes to do intense activity. Near work means accommoda- Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 16 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement tion. Near work means constriction of the pupulary muscles. Tightening of the muscles of the lens to thicken the lens so that we would focus in the right direction and moving the eye ball in the inner direction. So that the inner muscles of the eye all the time are constricted. So there will be lot of work on thin muscles of the eye inside the eye ball.
In modern life style one is engaged in near work continuously for eight hours, ten hours, twelve hours sometimes, 18 hours. Even after the active work is over in 8 hours in a day, one comes back and watches TV which may go on for another 2 or 3 hours. So continuously if the muscles are contracted, which we are not aware of, the muscles say, sorry I cannot do any more work, I want to relax. This is exactly what is the experience of eye strain. It is something like you are going on keeping your hand muscles i. e. bisect muscles which are visible, tight for 18 hours in a day. What will happen?
Your muscles will say sorry, I am tired, I am exhausted, please relax off. I am feeling pain. This is the cause of eye pain and eye strain and this goes on to pour down lot of tears in the eyes which may further go on to many other more deeper structural disturbances in the eyes. So eye strain, eye pain are all very common problems and are considered as computer related eye problems. When the eye strain is going on and on like this, muscles are tight. Not only muscles are held tight, it leads to poor immune system in the eyes also. So repeated stye is commonly associated with eye strain.
You know what is a stie? At the margin of the upper or lower eye lid there will be a small swelling, a small boil, Very painful. It becomes red and swollen. Then a pus comes out after 4 or 5 days. Repeated styes is another very common association of eye strain. This is all about only the local over work of the Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 17 eye muscles and the eye balls. But imagine eyes are not only an independent camera which is sitting outside of you. It is placed inside our system, so it is reflecting the activity of the entire system.
If the mind is over active, over strained, over agitated, stimulated and excited then that can be reflected in the tightness of the neck and the shoulders can also reflect as tightness of the external and internal eye muscles. This will add on general worry, general tension, general anxiety, general stress at the mind level plus the local work of the eye, both add on to the tightening of the muscles, exertion of the muscles, weakening of the muscles over a long period of time. This is the cause of many of the further complications that we see that are associated with early aging changes or problems that are related to the eye.
Errors of refraction is another very common condition where we use Yoga for helping people to reduce therefractive error of the eyes. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 18 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement YoGA FoR ReFRACtIVe eRRoRs Looking at the problems of the eye, where Yoga has been found to be effectively used, let us try to understand what are the errors of Refraction, Myopia or Short Sight, Hyperopia or Long Sight, Astigmatism or Irregular Curvature, Pressbiopia the ageing changes where people need to use reading glasses are all problems of Refraction.
This is due to the inability or difficulty of focusing of the image that has to fall right on the sharp point called the Fovea or Macula in the Retina. The short sight or Myopia is a condition where the eye ball of the person is too long and therefore the, the sharp image which has to be at the focal point of the lens is falling too far in front of the Fovea. The eye ball, has become too deep now. Thus the image is falling too far in front. By the time the image reaches the Fovea, it is blurred. The person moves the object very near. Thus the image gets pushed further back.
He will be able to see better. This is called Short Sight. What is Long Sight? In long sight it is the reverse. The image is falling too far Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 19 behind the Retina. The eye ball shape had to be long. After all the possible adjustments of the lens, good and sharp image which is at the focal point is falling too far behind. Therefore the image becomes blurred. What does the person with long sight do? He keeps the picture too far behind. The image comes further in. It is called as Long Sight.
These two conditions are very common and Astigmatism usually goes with Myopia or long sight. In this, there is an irregularity of the surface of the Cornea. If the Cornea is smooth in one plain and it is irregular in another plane. The image is not sharp and therefore one has to make corrections which has to be done by using different types of lenses. In addition to this, hereditary tendency which makes the eye ball remain in a particular shape, just like a long nose or a tall personality the shape of the eye ball also is a hereditary tendency which leads to short sight or long sight.
But there is another factor which is very common and that is what we are seeing in the present day life style that is the effect of strain on the eyes. Too much strain on the eyes can make the errors of Refraction become worst. So if you already have a hereditary tendency, the excess eye strain, excessive near work plus the mental tension which cause a general stress and strain aggravates the errors of Refraction and therefore by the Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 20 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement age of 20, 30yrs the power goes on increasing.
So far example, a person starts using glass for the first time in his 20, 25yrs that means it is purely due to eye strain. If the person starts needing a glass right from the age of 5 or 6yrs that means there is a hereditary tendency. Hereditarily longish or thinnish eye ball but it gets aggravated as the age advances. So there are three stages. When they are 5, 6, 7 Yrs old, they start using glasses. Then in adolescence it gets aggravated again as the eye work increases in their early 20s, It further increases. So these are the areas where Yoga can be of great help.
In fact the very first book Better Eyesight without Glasses was written by a sufferer who was having short sight. He was using quite a thick glasses, may be of 3 or 4 and as he was growing, doctors used to tell him look, you are getting this power and it is going to get worse, but you use the glass very regularly the power will not get worse. Therefore this sincere youngster Mr. Bales started using the glass is very regularly but the power went on increasing. Then he started searching. Although I am correcting the error which is basically correcting the shape of my eye ball, why should it go on increasing?
Therefore he started doing lot of reading. When he read the whole thing and when he experienced the same thing, he realized that with eye strain, the error goes on increasing. More near work more strain. Less sleep, more tension, mental worries, all these (either local or general as we understood earlier ) can aggravate the errors of refraction. Therefore what did he do? He said, OK, over work of the eye is the problem which is making my power get worst, then what is the answer? Just wearing the glasses cannot be an answer. Therefore what he said was OK, let me give lot of rest for my eyes.
Does that mean he should not read at all? Does that mean he should not do computer work? No. He said OK several times in a day I will blink and Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 21 wink and do lots and lots of palming of the eyes. Give deep rest to the eyes. Make sure that I get good sleep. In case I don’t get sleep also I will see that I don’t strain my eyes and I keep my eyes completely closed with a band and a cold pack and all that So he started practicing more and more of eye rest throughout the day and he noticed that the power started reducing.
This made him experiment it on several other of his friends. Then as a result he wrote this very first book where he started talking about Eye Exercises and Eye Rest for better Eye Sight without Glasses. Further to this there are large number of researchers and at this institution also we took up a group of people with eye problems like short sight, long sight, atigmatism , pressbiopia and we were able to demonstrate a significant reduction in the power of the eyes as they went on practicing this, trataka and palming and all the other instructions that we are going to discuss in this module for better eye sight without glasses.
Therefore let us practice this and make sure that we stop the progression of the problem and reduce the progression of the problem. I remember a girl who came to me around the age of 12 years and she did this practice very very regularly and within about six months, she was able to reduce the power of her glass by -2 power. To a large number of people we have been teaching this. So anywhere from . 5 to . 2 diapers improvement particularly in short sight children is observed in all these cases. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 22 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement Ye PRoBLeMs – YoGIC soLUtIons In earlier Chapter, we focused on Yoga for Refractive Errors. We devote this Chapter for other eye problems where Yoga can be of great help. Glaucoma is a very common condition where people may lose their eyes if not detected. This is one condition where there is no complaint, until the person starts feeling blurring of the vision. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is increased pressure of fluid in the anterior chamber of the eye that is in front of the lens. To maintain the shape of the eye ball, nature has provided fluid in the anterior chamber and poaterior chamber.
The anterior chamber contains a fluid called aqueous humor and this vitreous humor or vitreous humor fluid is to be continuously kept in circulation. The aqueous humor drains through a passage at the angle of celiary body where there is a mesh like material and is drained out through the blood vessels. If this gets disturbed the pressure inside this anteriorchamber Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 23 goes on increasing. This reflects on the back chamber also and that can press on the Retina and create blurring of the vision and loss of vision.
There are two types of Glaucoma. Open Angle Glaucoma and Closed Angle Glaucoma. Closed Angle Glaucoma is a medical emergency. So immediate surgery has to be done. It is a rare condition. But the common one which we see as Chronic long standing age related problem is usually seen in people with Diabetes, Hypertension, as the age advances and if there is a strong family tendency for Glaucoma. Can Yoga help these people with Glaucoma? Yes. Trataka is extremely useful in opening up this angle. To open up this angle and allow the fluid to flow better, we need to pull the diaphragm, the iris and shrink the pupil.
When we do the Trataka with Jyoti Trataka particularly or Bhroomadhya Trataka or Nasagra Trataka, then this pupil constricts. The constriction of pupil is one of the usual treatment that is used in the form of Eye Drops in the treatment of Glaucoma, so that when the pupil is pulled in, the diaphragm is pushed. Therefore the angle on the outer side opens up and therefore the pressure inside can reduce. So Jyoti Trataka, lot of rest and also the over all Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy will help to see that it helps the ageing process gets delayed or the High Blood Pressure gets reduced, Diabetes comes under control.
The root cause of all these problems can be handled through Yoga Therapy. When we use the con- Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 24 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement cept of Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy where we understand that eye is not an isolated organ in the whole system. Our body, mind are all one single unit. When the mind is going through a very stressful period, the eye problems can be a major issue. Therefore when we do Yoga Therapy, it is not enough if you just do local eye practice. Therefore let us see how Yoga practices help.
One is basically the relaxation, Deep relaxation of the eyes which is achieved through deep relaxation at the mind body compelx, Shavasana relaxation techniques, breathing techniques etc. , which is also very important. When we teach Yogic Practices to our children with the short sight, we include Pranayama, Shavasana, QRT, DRT etc. , which we are seeing in the practices. In addition to that, we also use general stamina building practices in which the eye also becomes a part of the whole practice which is the general relaxation, general stamina building.
But locally, with the eye we have understood what is very important is lots and lots of local relaxation to the internal eye muscles as well as external eye muscles. Therefore doing palming, winking, blinking etc. ; is very important component. During Trataka practice, the focusing on the lamp or the finger tip etc. has to be done intensely, sharp focusing without blinking the eyes even the tears may come out of the eyes. You should hold the focusing or dharana as it is said in technical language for quite a duration of time allowing the tears to come out.
How is that going to help the eyes? If the eye is already over strained; how again overstraining the eyes till the tears come while doing Trataka be helpful? In Trataka we develop voluntary, mastery over the involuntary reflexes Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 25 of the eye by persistant stimulation followed by deep rest. We want to focus, we want to intensely strain the eye but consciously, wantingly, voluntarily and after that give very deep rest. A stimulation, activation, focusing and intense rest for the muscles.
For example say if you want to relax the fingers, what I would say? Hold the hand on the other hand Relax your fingers, relax your fingers. To some extent the tightness of the fingers will reduce. But if I ask you to make a fist, tighten your fingers and then relax continue that process of relaxation consciously into deeper and deeper and deeper rest, then the hands can relax much deeper. This is the principle of stimulation followed by deeper and deeper and deeper rest about which you will understand as you practice which makes the eye muscles stronger.
Eye muscle stamina improves. The sharpening of the ability of the eye as well as to hold on to near work for longer duration can increase. Stamina building effect can come which in Sanskrit is called titeeksha. Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 26 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement eYesIGHt IMPRoVeMent AnD tHe totAL InsIGHt When you talk about eyesight, it is not merely the improvement in the functioning of this eye, but also it should develop a eyesight, a sight into the real wisdom tradition of our country. What is that insight?
That insight is to recognize our Self, that insight is to understand that we have that infinite Anandamaya Kosa as our causal state. It is from that Anandamaya Kosa that we all are born, coming through the Vijnanamaya Kosa, Manomaya Kosa, Pranamaya Kosa and the Annamaya Kosa. Therefore when we are talking about the eyesight improvement, we work in tune with this total insight of the wisdom base. We know that Anandamaya Kosa is a state of complete silence. Chitta vritti nirodhaha has happened completely. Manahprashamana has happened almost to the core.
The mind is in the state of Avyakta and in this state we have almost infinite bliss, infinite knowledge, infinite power. Coming out of the Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 27 Anandamaya Kosa to Vijnanamaya Kosa, Manomaya Kosa, Pranamaya Kosa and Annamaya Kosa brings about the constriction. We are becoming smaller and smaller and constrict ourselves to the physical body and the eyes. We start getting the crunch of that Duryodhana in the Manomaya Kosa, the Aadhi which percolates down and Causes imbalance even in the eyes.
The stress and the imbalance which percolate from Aadhi i. e. Manomaya Kosa comes down to the Pranamaya Kosa bringing imbalances in the prana leading to haphazardness of the breath, jerky breath and imbalance in breathing which in turn can cause different physical ailments and even eyesight problems are no exception. We use the techniques to deal with the eyes at the physical level. At the same time we bring in the wisdom base to give a total personality. As we improve our eye sight we will develop that insight to move towards that highest heights of Yoga.
To move from animal level to become normal, great, super and divine human beings. That is the objective of this eyesight improvement program as a part of the personality development program. The techniques that we use here, on one side makes eyes focus, bringing great stimulation and brings relaxation through the palming. A Trataka, a palming, a Trataka, a palming. That forms the basis for the eyesight improvement program. We have the preparatory practices, then Jatru Trataka in which Oordwamukha, Adhomukha Tratka, Nasagra Trataka, Bhroomadhya Trataka, Vama jatru trataka, Dakshnina jatru trataka are there.
All these things will harness the power of the eye muscles to improve our eyes. But then for correction we use the Jyoti Trataka. Jyoti Trataka is to focus the eyes on the flame. The flame can be of an oil wick or it can be of a candle and sit at five feet distance keep- Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 28 | Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement ing the jyoti at the level of the eyes. You start staring at it, no winking, no blinking and look deep into the flame. Invariably the people with high eye power, short sight they start seeing multiple flames.
I remember one of the persons who had -5, after the first session he came and told, Sir I am seeing five different flames. So what is to be done? Which flame I should concentrate? He was asking. Another person was more bewildering he had -12, he said I cannot see that flame vividly. It is all like a blob and when he started improving, he started seeing 12 flames, 10 flames, 8 flames, 6 flames. And the first step is to bring them together by so adjusting your eyes so squinting so turning your eyes together to bring the multiple flames into a single flame.
That will start reducing your eye power. Jyoti Trataka thereby starts correcting. Once you are able to bring the whole thing into a single flame, then you start looking deep into that flame and observe the intensification of the flame. At the bottom you have the wick then at the tip of the wick you have a red fire dot and then comes a flame which is almost darkish in colour. Then the big flame will have the highest intensity here and it comes in to the tip. The whole flame structure you are able to see clearly as you start improving and looking at this.
As your eye power enhancement takes place, then you are able to see that for 30 seconds , one minute, two minutes. Then when you grow further one minute, Jyoti Trataka staring at it one minute first stage palming, two minutes second stage palming in which you press and release, press and release, stimulaterelax, stimulate-relax in which you give deep rest to the eyes and in the third you look at for 3 mins continuously staring at Yoga in Education for Total Personality Development SERIES – 2 Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement | 29 t without winking and blinking and get all the details, the vivid details of not only the flame but the wick and the blue flame and the things and aura around the flame and close your eyes and do the third stage of palming in which you not only press but use the Bhramari to develop a resonance and har