Yoga Poses for Glaucoma

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People with glaucoma must avoid inverted yoga positions because of the increased pressure inside the eye, but they can still benefit from careful use of poses such as Warrior II, Reverse Warrior and the seated forward fold. Learn a glaucoma-friendly routine in this free video on yoga therapy.

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Hi, I'm CarolAnn with Cyberworkouts.com, and I'm going to show you yoga poses for Glaucoma. Now, keep in mind, if you do have Glaucoma, what that is is that the optic nerve behind the eye is disintegrating, and there is increased pressure, so you want to avoid any inverted positions. In other words, you don't want your head to become below your heart. So, try to avoid that. So, with that, let's get started. The first pose we are going to perform is the Warrior II Pose, and in this pose you want to make sure that the back foot is turned at a 45 degree angle, and the front foot is pointing straight forward. You're going to bend your knee, your front knee as far down as you can without the knee shooting over your toes, and then gently raise the arms, float your arms up, keeping your shoulders right over your hips. Now, in Warrior II, this is a very powerful strengthening pose, and you're gazing past your index finger. Now, as you're holding this pose, you start to really feel those legs engage, and you want to make sure that you're pulling that front knee back so that you're opening up those hips. So, a nice powerful pose here, Warrior II. Then, let's move into Reverse Warrior. We're lowering the back arm down and leaning back and lengthening through that arm, through the fingertips and really stretching through the lats, in towards the obliques, and we breathe in through the nose, out through the nose, deep full inhalations, complete exhalations, and when you have your hand back here at the back leg, try not to press down on the knee joint. You want to just rest your hand gently on your leg, and again you're holding this position for about five full breaths. When you complete that, come out of the pose. Then, you're going to simply just change to the other side, Warrior II to the other side and then Reverse Warrior, holding each pose for five full breaths each. Now, a third pose we can do for Glaucoma is a seated forward fold. So, we're coming on down into a seated position, and you want to pull everything out underneath your sitz bones. So, you want to make sure that you're settled into your sitz bones, pull the toes towards you, sit up nice and tall, moving into seated forward fold, inhale, arms up and exhale, reaching towards the toes. Now, notice how I'm keeping my head up. Especially with Glaucoma, you do not want to drop your head. So, you want to keep lifted, opening up the heart, pulling the shoulder blades back and really lengthening the hamstrings, lower back and we're keeping the head up. And we hold this pose for about five full breaths. And then, come up out of the pose. And those are some great yoga poses for Glaucoma. I'm CarolAnn with Cyberworkouts.com.

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