Eyes are the window to the soul, because they are the most honest part of the face. They don’t lie. They show the truth, no matter what face you put on. Just like body language, our eyes say more than we ever could with words. For example, we can control our mouths but we don’t have any control over our eyes
The eyes can tell you a lot about another person’s emotional state. When you meet someone for the first time, the best way to get to know them is to look them in the eyes and observe what feelings they convey. You can tell whether someone is happy or sad just by looking them in the eyes. When we’re truly happy, our eyes become bigger and brighter involuntarily and give us away, but they look smaller when we’re sad and worried.
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”
The eyes can also reveal whether a smile is genuine or fake, whether or not someone trusts you, whether they feel secure, and much more.
A couple of years ago, I met an extraordinary and very well-known cartoonist, he was over 80 and does not wear glasses. His secret? Every day for over 30 years he has done 45 Minutes of eye exercises – yoga. Something so simple but he just rested his eyes and exercised them – we exercise our bodies but so often forget other hugely important areas of our bodies that also need some care and support. Again, just another habit
If the eyes really are the window to the soul, it makes sense to treat them with the same respect as our bodies. While those more au fait with downward dog and crow poses might feel a little puzzled, yoga for the eyes is about stretching the muscles around the eyes, rather than flowing through Chaturanga.
We will be bringing new ideas and ways to incorporate this into our lives in the coming months – it is so easy and just takes a few minutes a day.