Happy to announce my first press articles, one in french in "Femme actuelle" 22th October 2018,
and the other in english in Top santé UK, 6th November 2018 :
All my thanks to Lizzy Dening, the author of the article.
You can also read it right away bellow !
Health, November 6, 2018
Easy yoga moves to improve
your eye health!
Yoga isn’t just for stiff shoulders or sore joints – simple yogic exercises can revive tired eyes and even improve your vision
If you spend a lot of your time reading or staring at a computer or phone screen, you’ll be familiar with that feeling of tired, dry eyes. Perhaps your vision has become blurrier too, or it takes you longer than it once did to adjust your focus. Unless your optician has detected an issue with your sight, experiencing problems like this with vision could be linked to mental tension. ‘So it helps to relax the eyes, mind and body with simple activities,’ says Béatrice Pauly-Laubry, who teaches yoga for eyes based around the Bates method (leyogadesyeux.fr).
‘You can have quite an immediate improvement, especially in eye fatigue, clarity, mobility of your eyes and widening your peripheral vision.’ Help for tired eyes Yogic exercises such as palming, which is holding your cupped hands over closed eyes, have been practised for thousands of years, with people claiming to feel refreshed and experience clearer vision as a result.
Now modern science backs this up, with people undergoing an eight-week regime of yogic eye exercises demonstrating significantly reduced eye fatigue, according to a Korean study.
Stop eye damage from computer screens
Working at a computer is particularly damaging for your eyes, because looking at a screen tends to reduce the frequency and how fully you blink. Not blinking properly can lead to dry, irritated eyes.
‘You blink around 40 times a minute naturally, and about 20 times when you’re at a screen,’ says Béatrice. ‘In general you ought to take screen breaks every 40 or so minutes, giving yourself time to breathe, blink and look far away into the distance.’
Classic yogic exercises will not only increase your blink rate while you do them, but can also increase your blinking rate in normal day-to-day life, according to an Indian study.
Improve your vision with exercise
Not only do yogic exercises provide instant relief to unfocused, dry or tired eyes, but practising them regularly could reduce the effects of common problems such as myopia (short sightedness). Using methods such as palming and swinging your head (see below) has been shown to reduce problems with distance vision and eye fatigue in half of test subjects with myopia. There was also relief in brow headaches and difficulty seeing small objects for half of those with astigmatic eyes (a curvature of the cornea) according to an Indian study.
Yoga exercises for eyes
‘There’s a quote I like that says you should treat your eyes like you’d treat your children – you need to let them play, move, smile and rest,’ says Béatrice. These will do just that – try them once a day, or whenever you need a break.
Swinging for eye health
Swinging helps widen your peripheral vision, especially after too much time looking at a screen.
Sitting comfortably and making sure to breathe steadily and deeply, start slowly turning your head from side to side. Keep your eyeballs still and gaze soft, the movement should come from your head. Repeat 20 times. Stop in the middle, and take time to blink and breathe.
Palming eye exercise
Palming gives eyes darkness and soothing warmth for deep relaxation of the surrounding muscles.
Cup your hands over your closed eyes, applying no pressure to the eyeballs and slightly crossing your fingers over your forehead. Breathe deeply, keeping your shoulders and neck relaxed. Spend as long as you’d like here – perhaps taking around 20 breaths. Slowly blink your eyes open, and gradually take away your hands. Notice the difference in how your eyes feel.
To celebrate the Summer, I propose new workshops and a retreat:
-June 23 : Yogame, (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) "Refreshment before summer" workshop (see page in french cours et atelier+ pdf)
- July 1st : LONDON, "From Eyesight to Insight" workshop, Maître of Thyme, holistic wellness boutique, in central London (see special page Yoga for the Eyes London + pdf)
-15-20 July: Tapovan Normandie 5 days retreat "Rest, maintain, improve your vision" (see page Teaching,retreat)
1st April 2018,
Some poetry seen yesterday....
Beautiful Easter Rebirth to everyone..
Breathe, Blink, Look...
When he wants to paint a flower, a japonese painter looks at it several hours each day day for months...
When he internalized it, he paints it at once !
15th March 2018, Discovery Workshop of Yoga for the Eyes at a Seniors Club, Town Hall of Boulogne-Billancourt.
The Workshop is full !
We practised gently Breathing, Neck and Shoulders movements to release tensions, and all the Bates activities: Blinking, Shifting, Swinging, Palming, Central and Peripheral Vision...
People were very happy to discover the power of their eyes ! Thank you so much for your great feedbacks !
Appointment is made with the Town-Hall for next year from September 2018, one workshop per month. Thank you for your confidence !
Annual Meeting of the Bates Association for Vision Education
in London, Felden lodge
the 24th and 25th of February
It is with this image of Hawaii, with its warm and bright colors, a moment of pure beauty suspended in time, vibrating with the rocking waves and the dance of the clouds, that I wish you
A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR 2018, full of LIGHT and SHARING ...
Thank you to all those who started the path of visual fulfillment, thank you for your confidence, your joy,
and welcome to those whom curiosity would lead to Yoga for the Eyes:
I invite you to discover the
Union with your eyes!
Long live the vision !
Beautiful year 2018 !
26th International Holistic
Vision Conference, Edinburg, Scotland.
from 27 to 29 October 2017
End of the trip but the heart full!
Scottish Gala Evening with Natural Vision teachers from around the world: United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Australia, and of course United Kingdom!
In the last row on
the left, we see the top of my head. The advantage of being tall is you appear very small in the background of group photos!
Thank you all for this wonderful exchange of practices, experiences, cultures, serving the Bates method and improving natural vision!
I was very fortunate to attend two great workshops :
- that of Meir Schneider (standing right), author of "Vision for life", one of the greatest teachers of Natural Vision who has been teaching for 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area (go on his website www.self-healing.org),
- and that of Dror Schneider, sitting in front, who has adopted a unique and very creative method to progress smoothly by integrating neuro-development and learning efficiency!
And then I attended fascinating lectures of teachers dedicated to their practice, associating the mastery of the Bates method with another field of professional experience, like
What new tools and enriching practices in perspective !
Finally, my gratitude to the conference organizers and team for their excellent coordination work, Aileen and John Whiteford, Anna Bambridge, Julia Galvin, Jane Reed, Christina, Richard, (and sorry for those whom I 'Forget it ..): Delicious Gala Dinner and Funky Scottish Dances!
See you soon at the next International Conference: Frankfort 2019! You’re welcome to join us there !