The eye exercise referred to as sunning accomplishes several important, related things. It reduces light sensitivity and thereby reduces the tendency to squint in bright light. It also causes the pupils to fully contract; thereby creating sharper, clearer eyesight. At the same time, it stimulates the macula, since the macula needs bright light to function optimally.
The sun’s rays provide a full spectrum of benefits, both for our bodies and our minds. In particular, the sun provides vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium into our bones. Improvements in mood can also be achieved, as the sun promotes the production and release of “happy hormones,” such as serotonin and endorphins. An insufficient amount of sunlight can affect the regulation of melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for helping you sleep at night.
Follow these steps to start sunning:
- Remove any corrective lenses, like eyeglasses and contact lenses.
- Close your eyes and stand, sit or lay down facing the sun.
- Turn your head as far as possible all the way to the left and then all the way to the right.
- Make sure your head turns far enough so that your eyes are shaded from the sun.
- If your neck is not flexible enough to reach a point where your eyes are shaded, go ahead and turn your shoulders once your neck won’t turn any further.
- After getting some sun for a few minutes, turn away from sun and palm for five deep breaths by covering your eye orbits with loosely cupped hands. to do this, place the heels of your hands softly on your cheekbones and your fingers on your forehead.
- Turn back towards the sun and continue sunning, paying particular attention to the difference in color and intensity of light falling on your eyelids.
- The minimum suggested time for this sequence is 10 minutes and, if possible, be sure to end your sunning session with a short palming.