Yoga for Eye Sight Improvement

By Dr H R Nagendra | Dr Padmini Tekur | Dr Soubhagyalaxmi Mohanty   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 958
This course provides an overview of the role of yoga in improving eyesight. It aims to prevent the eye problems, by promoting and maintaining healthy visual hygiene, through specific practices of yoga-based lifestyle. This course includes both theory and practical components, which includes both eastern and western prospectives on the concept of eyes. It deals with the Importance of Eye & Impact of Modern Life Style, Anatomy and Physiology of Eye, Various eye problems and yogic solutions for the same, Ayurvedic approach to understand the EYE and VISION, Yogic Approach to understand Human body and Eye problems, and Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for Eye Sight Improvement. The practical modules include both description and demonstration of Asanas, Pranayama, relaxation techniques and meditation. In order to have a better eyesight, this course provides a standard-routine, that helps to relax the eyes by using techniques at all 5 levels of our existence (i.e., Annamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Vijnanamaya Kosha and Anandamaya Kosha) in a holistic way. This course also makes us aware about the evidence based studies on yoga for Eye sight.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Aug 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 20 Sep 2023
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1
Module 1: Introduction to Yoga for eyesight improvement 
Module 2: Importance of Eye & Impact of Modern Life Style 

Week 2
Module 3: Anatomy of the eye
Module 4: Physiology of Vision

Week 3
Module 5: Stress Related Eye Problems
Module 6: Errors of Refraction 

Week 4
Module 7: Evidence based Yoga for Errors of Refraction
Module 8: Glaucoma, cataract, Age-related Macular Degeneration

Week 5
Module 9: Diabetes Retinopathy, Autoimmune and Allergy eye disorders with Yogic solution  
Module 10:  Ayurvedic approach to understand the EYE and VISION

Week 6
Module 11: Yogic Approach to understand Human body and Eye problem
Module 12: Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for EyeSight Improvement Part-I

Week 7
Module 13: Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for Eye Sight Improvement Part II 
Module 14: Yogic Eye Cleansing Techniques (Trataka)


Week 8
Module 15: Breathing practices I
Module 16: Breathing practices II

Week 9
Module 17: Loosening practices 
Module 18: Surya Namaskar
Module 19 Sukshma Vyayama 

Week 10
Module 20: Sleep Special Technique
Module 21: Yogic Relaxation techniques I
Module 22: Yogic Relaxation Techniques II

Week 11
Module 23: Preliminary Eye Exercises
Module 24: Preparatory Eye Exercises 
Module 25: Jatru Trātaka 

Week 12
Module 26: Jyoti Trātaka 
Module 27: Asana Practices I
Module 28:  Asana Practices II

Week 13
Module 29: Asana Practices 3 
Module 30:  Asana Practices 4
Module 31: Yogic Breathing Practices

Week 14
Module 32:  Pranayama 1
Module 33:  Pranayama 2
Module 34:  Pranayama 3

Week 15
Module 35:  OM Meditation
Module 36: Cyclic Meditation
Module 37: Mind Sound Resonance Technique (MSRT)

Week 16
Module 38: Pranic Energisation Technique (PET)
Module 39: Mastering the Emotions Technique (MEMT)
Module 40: Mind Imagery Technique (MIRT)

Books and references

  • R. Nagarathna and H. R. Nagendra, “Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for Positive Health,” Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana, Bangalore, 2008.
  • Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha. Yoga Publications Trust; 1973.Available from: https://ia804508.us.archive.org/31/items/aaa_20210704/aaa.pdf   
  • Galloway NR, Amoaku WM, Galloway NR, Amoaku WM. Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye. Common Eye Diseases and their Management. 1999:5-12.
  • Gupta SK, Aparna S. Effect of yoga ocular exercises on eye fatigue. International journal of yoga. 2020 Jan;13(1):76.https://doi.org/10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_26_19
  • Sheeladevi S, Seelam B, Nukella PB, Borah RR, Ali R, Keay L. Prevalence of refractive errors, uncorrected refractive error, and presbyopia in adults in India: A systematic review. Indian journal of ophthalmology. 2019 May;67(5):583. 
  • Charaka Samhita - www.carakasamhitaonline.com
  • Sushruta Samhita – P.V. Sharma; Susruta Samhita Text with English Translation; Chowkhamba Bharati Academy; 2014
  • Mamta Mittal; An Ayurvedic Approach to Prevent Eye Diseases: A Review; International Journal of Research in Ayurveda & Pharmacy; July 2017; Vol-8.
  • Bansal C. Comparative study on the effect of Saptamrita Lauha and Yoga therapy in myopia. Ayu. 2014 Jan;35(1):22. DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.141904

Instructor bio

Subject Matter Experts
Dr H R Nagendra 

Dr H R Nagendra holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering from IISc, Bangalore. After receiving his doctorate in 1968, he served as faculty of IISc in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Then, he went to Canada as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1970. From there, he moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, USA as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 1971 and moved to Engineering Science Laboratory, Harvard University, USA as a Consultant in 1972. He served as Visiting Staff at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London later. In 1975, he joined Vivekananda Kendra, a service mission as a whole-time worker.  Director of Training Centre, Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari. Between 1975 and 1993, he served as the All India Secretary, Yoga Shiksha Vibhag, Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari. He is the founder and President of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru.

Currently, He is the Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, a Yoga University in Bangalore. He was also Chairman of Task force of AYUSH, Govt, of India, New Delhi. He has published 30 Research Papers in Engineering and more than 200 research papers on Yoga. He has authored and co-authored 40 books on Yoga. He has received several awards for his life time achievement in the field of yoga including Padma Shri award by Govt. of India in 2016

Subject Matter Experts
Dr Padmini Tekur 

Dr. Padmini Tekur is Currently Associate Professor in SVYASA, Bangalore; Senior Consultant at VYASA Arogyadhama and Doctor in charge of Section E, Spinal disorders.
 She has been Teaching various courses like MSc, Ph.D, BSc, PGDYT, MD etc, and has worked on research projects on Low back pain and yoga, Adolescent Obesity and Diabetes. She has Guided 1 M.D, 4 Phd students and 3 MSc students. She has published 30+ in the peer reviewed journals. She has travelled extensively in India and Europe conducting various workshops on Yoga therapy, Stress management and corporate programs. She is an M.B.B.S graduate from Government Medical College – Bellary, and topped in the subject Physiology and Pathology. She was interviewed on the radio and TV in Rotterdam Netherlands on Mind Body Medicine and Yoga program, and also interviewed by The London Times- Sunday Times – Health page. She has received many awards at national and international level that includes WHO’s WHO in the Marquis WHO’s WHO - 2010 and 2011 edition. Her Interest is to Yoga and Vedanta as a way of life.

Subject Matter Expert and Course Coordinator

Dr Soubhagyalaxmi Mohanty

Dr. Soubhagyalaxmi Mohanty, is an Assistant Professor at S-VYASA, Bangalore (Deemed to be University), has 7 years of Teaching experience in the areas of Yoga-shastras and Research.
 Her doctoral thesis is “Effect of Yoga on Physical and Psychological Health of Children with Visual Impairment.”, has Published 12 papers in the peer reviewed journals and several presentations in National/ International conferences. She is currently guiding 4 PhD research scholars. She has also the UGC-NET qualified eligibility for Assistant Professor. Her areas of Interest include Yoga-shastras, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Puranas, Sanskrit literature, and their application in Today’s World.

Course certificate

Grading Policy:

There will be (a) Internal Assessment and (b) Final Exam.


Internal Assessment: This will carry 30% weightage. MCQs for all the Weeks 
Final Exam: This will carry 70% weightage.  The final exam will have questions from all the weeks.
Passing Marks:

You will be eligible for a certificate only if you score a minimum of 50% in the Internal Assessment and a minimum of 50% in the Final Exam. 

Final Examination:

Type of exam: Computer-based proctored exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency
Exam Center: You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and take the exam in person. (You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the admit card (hall ticket)).
Admit Card: You can download the Admit card (Hall ticket) around one week before the exam. 
QP Pattern: All the questions will be in the format of MCQs. 

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