Trataka is used in maditation practice, is one of the six purification techniques, called Shatakarma of hatha yoga. Trataka is the sanskrit word which means to gaze. the two most common type of trataka practices are antara and bahya trataka. antara is performed with the closed eyes closed, the focus is on any internal part of the body. In bahya , gazing is done on an external object like a candle, an object of worship, a deity,flower,the sun, the moon etc.

The practice is recommended in the many yogic and hindu scriptures, and there are a range of recommended methods of practicing it.

How to practice Trataka

  • Light a candle or diya and sit at least one meter from it with the flame at eye level.
  • Focus the gaze on the flame and keep its there without blinking for as long as possible.
  • As thoughts arise, acknowledge them then return to focus on the flame.
  • When the eyes start to water and tears flow, close the eyes and focus on the after-glow of the flame, bringing awareness to the third eye point.

Benefits of Trataka include

  • Strengthens the eye muscles.
  • Purifies the eyes.
  • Treats eye disorders.
  • Relieves insomnia
  • Aids in treating depression
  • Improves concentration
  • Calms the mind.
  • Promotes emotional stability.
  • Boosts willpower
Note- Not recommanded For small kids. Not suitable for having weak visions or eye related problems.

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