Technique to counter the effects of technology on your eyesight

  • Sit in a comfortable position in front of a candle. Place the candle about an arm’s length away from you, with the wick of the candle at the same height as your chest. If the candle is placed too high, it can create tension at the eyebrow centre, or produce a burning sensation in the eyes. The flame should be still and not moving in a draft. Close your eyes.
  • Open the eyes and look at the flame without blinking. The flame has three zones of colour. At the base of the wick is a reddish colour, in the middle it is bright white and at the tip it is slightly smoky. Concentrate on the upper part of the flame where it is brightest.
  • Close the eyes again. If the image of the flame appears within your middle eye region, gently concentrate on that image without creating any tension. Try not to pursue or hold onto the image, otherwise it will fade and disappear.
  • Repeat the practice 3 times.
  • The practice time should gradually build. In the initial stages, look at the flame only for about 10-15 seconds. Slowly increase this time, so that after about one year you can look at the flame for 1 minute and then concentrate on the inner image with closed eyes for about 4 minutes. Under no circumstances should this recommended length of time be exceeded.


You  may also practice Trataka by looking at a white point on black paper, or at a black point on white paper. By concentrating on a white point, there shows a black image when the eyes are closed and vice versa with a black point.

Benefits of Yoga on eyesight 

A regular Yoga practice purifies the eyes, strengthens the eye muscles and improves vision and memory. As well as helping with sleep disturbances and bedwetting. Concentrate is strengthened and is therefore recommended for school children. Also intuition with the ability to visualise and use willpower is increased.


This exercise is not suitable for people with psychic problems. Those who have a tendency towards Schizophrenia or hallucinations should not practice Trataka.

reduce eye strain with yoga

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