About Eye PillowsI started making eyepillows some 25 years ago when you could not buy them so you had to make your own. At first I made them in an open rectangular shape. Then I realized that they would fit better over the nose in a butterly shape, and that if I sewed a seam down the center it would keep the flax seed more evenly distributed.
I use silk fabric because it feels soft and cool to your skin. I fill it with flax seed because it feels softer than the rice or beans used in other eyebags, and it gives off a natural and pleasant fragrance. I made it small so you could carry it with you.
I suggest that you carry your eyepillow in a small purse so it stays clean and is protected. Some people carry their eyepillow in the hard case they use for their eyeglasses, or buy one just to carry their eyepillow.
“You do need to keep your eyepillow dry. If it gets wet, it can sprout”
How to use eyepillows in class: I offer eyepillows to my students at the end of yoga class, though not everyone chooses to use them. They work particularly well for people who have a difficult time relaxing because the mind does not want to slow down. I place a tissue between the eyes and the eyepillow for sanitary purposes. I tell students to feel free to move the pillow around if it does not feel comfortable. I also give people the option to take the pillow off their eyes if it begins to be uncomfortable.
I know that the larger, rectangular shaped eyebag is very popular today, but I have found that they do not work for everyone. Sometimes the weight of the heavier eyebags can cause your eyes to blur when you first remove them. I do like to use the larger eyebags on the forehead, and in both hands in savasana or other restorative poses. (This is a real treat for the hands, if you’ve never tried it)
“Relaxation seems to be the single most important element of eye health, So be
sure to close your eyes and let them rest when they feel tired.”
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