Yoga and Qigong are becoming more popular in the Western World. Yoga, meaning “to yoke” or “union” in Sanskrit, was created in India and Qigong, meaning “energy cultivation” in Chinese, was created in the Taoist tradition of China. Both health-promoting pathways are thousands of years old, which means they have stood the test of time and offer profound results. Both Yoga and Qigong go well beyond the physical realm of postures and movements. They both encompass physical, mental, and spiritual realms, with the concurrent aims of raising consciousness. Breath is of utmost importance while practicing Yoga and Qigong. Peace of mind, increased flexibility, better bodily posture, greater coping mechanisms, deep relaxation, and mind-body connection are only but a few of the benefits obtained through a regular routine of Yoga and Qigong.
Integral Eyesight Improvement draws from simple practices of Yoga and Qigong in order to loosen muscles of the body, to develop deep rhythmic breathing, to encourage Eye-Mind coordination, and to decrease unconscious tension throughout the system. Since vision is 90% mental and 10% physical, these time-honored healing practices help address any mental strain and help the student develop better strategies for dealing with stress. When mental stress and strain has no outlet of expression, it oftentimes manifests in the eyes. By lowering the level of stress in the mind, we deal with the root cause of visual issues. Yoga for the Eyes classes incorporate sun salutations and various other Asanas, or yogic postures, while tying in relaxing Qigong breath-body movements.