Trataka - A Meditation Practice for Everyone
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What it is?
To put it briefly, Trataka – also called Yogic gazing’ is a practice where the gaze is fixed on an object for some time and then that object is visualized clearly with the eyes closed, as an inner image at the eyebrow center.
Trataka has several benefits which would be helpful to every one and not only mediation aspirants:
- Trataka is believed to have a helpful effect in treating and even resolving several eye disorders such as weak eyesight. It improves the internal and external optic function.
- It improves concentrative powers and mental resolve.
- It helps in disconnecting with the noise and distractions of the external world. This is deeply relaxing.
- In yoga, it is said to also develop the “Third” eye – the seat of intuition or that associated with “Psychic” powers.
At the physical level it is said to strengthen the eye muscles by exercising them to focus upon a point. Practicing Trataka on an object such as the candle flame is said to provide a unique ‘Balming’ effect to the eyes which help in eye health and in the alleviation of certain eye disorders.