Interviews

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1. What is Eye Yoga?

Simple eye exercises to maintain and even improve one’s vision.  On the surface, at least.  The Eye Yoga book quickly leads the reader into brain exercises, because the eyes are hard-wired into the brain, there is an eye-brain connection and you can actually exercise your brain as you exercise your eyes.  It can make you smarter, increase your creativity, improve your vision.  How you see is how you think and how you think is how you see.  Because of the recent advances in Neuroscience, it’s properly understood that the brain’s neuroplasticity continues throughout life.  Using eye exercises and brain exercises can have beneficial effects on your mental abilities as well as your vision.

2. How did you become interested in this?

Originally, I was going to become a vision therapist.  I began doing the vision exercises in the optometrist’s office, because I was going to be working with kids.  And I actually improved my own vision to the point where I passed the driver’s licence eye test, even though previously I’d needed glasses to do that.

When I increased my distance vision, it also increased my ability to see my life in a larger perspective and I changed a lot of things in my life as a result.

My sister improved her vision by changing her lifestyle and she eventually went on to become a vision educator/therapist.

What we found from vision therapy was we could do simple exercises to maintain or even improve our vision without spending a lot of money.  It was just like going to gym to exercise our bodies.

3. How did you decide to write this book?

We did some more research and became convinced that for an average person with no major eye problems, these daily exercises can be very useful.   It’s not a substitute for treating diseases of the eye or any major problems.  It’s like going to gym for the health benefits of exercise – eye yoga gives health benefits to your eyes.  We decided to write a book so that other people could get these benefits at very low cost.

4. What types of person would be interested in reading your book or in attending your workshops?

A wide variety of people can get benefit from this.  Having said that, as the ‘baby boomers’ age they find that their arms get shorter or their prescriptions get stronger every time they go to the doctor and they might want a way to maintain their eyesight so they don’t have to go to bi-focals or tri-focals.  It’s like going to the gym – use it or lose it.

For young people there’s the whole eye-brain connection to how to use your eyes – where to look, to learn better, to be more creative, to get in touch with your feelings more quickly, master cognitive tasks like spelling.  Young people just love it – it’s like a game or a toy.

5. What would you say are the five most important benefits a person might get doing eye yoga?

  • Most people can maintain their current level of vision with eye yoga – that means they arrest any decline in their vision and continue to see as well as they have been doing without needed stronger glasses or a different prescription.
  • Many people go on to improve their vision with eye yoga.  They reduce their need for glasses or even go to a lower prescription.
  • Regularly practising eye yoga also builds familiarity with your own brain processing and your ability to use your mental abilities.
  • Using the eye-brain connection to see differently stimulates a person’s creativity and can also provide insight to emotional difficulties and past trauma.
  • Improve cognitive performance on tasks that involve visual information, such as spelling.

6. Is this strictly for older people or would it benefit younger ones as well?

For young people there’s the whole eye-brain connection to how to use your eyes – where to look, to learn better, to be more creative, to get in touch with your feelings more quickly, master cognitive tasks like spelling.  Young people just love it – it’s like a game or a toy.

7. What is the consistent feedback you get from people doing eye yoga?

In the workshops, some are astounded that they can actually improve their vision in one workshop.  Others have said, it wasn’t so much the vision improvement but how they used their learning of how their brain works that was so powerful.  For example, one of the exercises in the workshop is to show people they can turn the vision on and off in one eye.  It’s useful to be able to see with both eyes because you get depth perception.  But since the right eye mostly processes in an analytical way and the left mostly in an emotional way, sometimes the brain will just shut off the vision and information coming from one eye or the other.  Learning to do that at will gives people choice about how they process their experience – emotionally or analytically and allows them to maintain depth perception.

People who have picked up the book via amazon or a bookstore often contact us to say that it’s highly useful information

 

  1. Is this something you’ve actually applied to your own life and with what results?

 

  1. Many third world countries have some serious vision problems.  Would this help people in those countries?

 

  1. From a human interest standpoint, how was it writing the book with your sister?

 

  1. Is there any condition where this would not help?

 

  1. There are a lot of exercises, right?  I’m curious, is there a gender difference in peoples’ ease at doing them or picking them up?

 

  1. Can you explain the science behind Eye Yoga?  What is the history of Eye Yoga – is it a new modality or does it borrow from ancient healing modalities?

 

  1. Where else in the world is this practiced?

 

  1. Is there some formal training to teach Eye Yoga?  If so, what is it?

 

  1. Do you have to be licensed to teach this?