I’ve had this topic waiting in the wings for a while now, but it was a recent yoga class that finally inspired me to write it.
My wonderful yoga teacher, Sarah from Kowhai Yoga was teaching us some exercises for our eyes. She went on to say that doctor’s are finding that short-sightedness aka myopia its becoming more and more common with kids, and that they are attributing this to the amount of time kids are spending staring at screens, particularly iPad’s. She told us a story about her yoga teacher, who as a boy was told that his eye sight was deteriorating and that it was a possibility that he may loose it altogether. He went on to practice a series of “eye exercises” aka eye yoga, which strengthened his eye muscles, and by doing so he retained and improved his eye sight!
I have a friend with a similar story who told me her eye sight had improved since she started doing weed control for the Department of Conservation. She attributed it to searching for weeds and strengthening her eye muscles in the process.
There is new research saying that time outdoors helps prevent and control myopia. And they are recommending 2 hours a day of outdoor play. As well as the 20-20-20 rule, meaning look away from devices every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds to a distance of at least 20 feet (6m).
As if you needed another reason to get yourself and the kids outdoors😉
For more information on this subject check out- https://www.outdoorplay.nz/
See ya outside 🌿🌳 for some🧘♀️👀!