Updated: Sep 3
Eye palming is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for promoting deep relaxation and soothing dry, burning eyes, and calming the nervous system, and mind. Learn eye palming and other Ayurveda eye treatments you can do at home.
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Is Ayurvedic Eye Palming for You?
A significant amount of stimulation, information, and irritation comes through our eyes which strains our nervous system and our eyes. A simple, effective, and soothing practice for the eyes (alochoka pitta) is to integrate eye palming into your daily routines (morning, evening and throughout the day).
Alochaka Pitta influences how we see the world, both physically and psychologically. It governs visual functions, like our eyes and retina – but also our inner vision and discernment.
According to Harvard Medical School, "Allergies of the eye affect about 20% to 40% of Americans each year and are on the rise. Pollens, animal dander, dust mite feces, and mold—are all triggers of allergic conjunctivitis, also called ocular allergy. It’s an inflammation of the con¬junctiva, the lining of the eye. The symptoms are itchy and red eyes, tearing, edema (swelling) of the conjunctiva or eyelid, and a mucous discharge."
This Pitta aggravation not only feels terrible, doesn't look so great, such inflammation is not healthy for the healthy.
Ayurvedic Eye Palming for Dry, Burning Eyes and Feeling Calm
How to Perform Ayurvedic Palming to Soothe Your Eyes and Soul
Sit with your head, trunk, and neck in alignment. You may sit on the floor or on a chair. If you are opting for a chair, sit away from the back support, keep your legs at a comfortable 90-degree position. If you are able to be in a dark room, so much the better, but don’t let that stop you. Eye palming is a great practice to do during the workday, especially if you work at a computer, or spend time on other screen devices.
Check in with your diaphragmatic breathing. Now, rub your palms together to create some nice warmth. Close your eyes and place your warmed palms gently over your eyes. (Avoid pressing on the eyes).
While palming, stay with your diaphragmatic breathing. With your eyes closed, remaining connected to your breath, slowly and with awareness, bring your palms down whenever you feel ready.
You may apply this palming practice as part of your morning and evening routine, and any time throughout the day.
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Ayurveda Eye Treatments You Can Do at Home
Wear sunglasses. It protects our eyes from pollution, pollen, and sunlight. "Sunglasses are good for your health if the lenses block UV and the sunglasses are worn correctly" according to Columbia University Medical Center.
Detox your eyes with anti-oxidants. "Lutein and zeaxanthin are the most potent antioxidants.." advises the National Institute for Health.
Use your gadgets, don't be used by them! Yoga-asana (posses), pranayama (breathwork), and guided relaxation help our heads and our eyes. Ayurveda, yoga's sister science, has known it for thousands of years, that these practices can soothe irritated eyes by cooling off Pitta and grounding Vata doshas. If you find yourself on screen time for hours a day, pick up these three positive habits.
4. Close your lids correctly. It sounds funny, but many of us are not letting our lids come together correctly. While we don't need to squeeze them together as though we're wincing in pain, we do want the lids to gently slam together.
Why? Because that motion causes the muscles involved in the oil glands of the eyes, to milk those glands and push out some beautiful oils which lubricates our eyes. Picture your two forearms coming together, one on top of the other with a little pressure. That's what we need our eyelids to do.
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"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."
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1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.
3. Ayurveda Daily Routines: --Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day
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Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee. She remains passionate for over 30 years, helping clients feel their best physically, emotionally, and spiritually with Ayurveda.
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