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How to Make Yoga Eye Bags

A yoga eye bag, also called an eye pillow, is a prop commonly used by practitioners at the end of a yoga session to aid in relaxation and meditation. These bags are generally filled with flax seeds, although rice, or even lightweight beans may also be used. The filling helps the bag conform to the contours of the face with gentle pressure and also helps block out the distracting effects of light. Aromatherapeutic herbs, such as lavender or chamomile, are often added to the bag's filling to enhance the relaxation response.

Silk Material Preparation

  1. Fold the silk material in half with the insides facing out, creating a 4-by-8 inch rectangle. Pin together the two sides of material along the long raw edge and one of the shorter raw edges.

  2. Measure 1/4-inch from the end of the material on the pinned sides, and sew the two pinned sides together using either the sewing machine or needle and thread.

  3. Turn the bag right side out, and smooth the corners. Iron the bag flat if desired, and leave the unfinished edge open for the time being.

Muslin Material Preparation

  1. Create another 4-by-8 inch rectangle by folding the muslin material in half. Pin the two long raw sides together, and then pin one of the short raw edges.

  2. Measure 1/2-inch from the end of the material on the pinned sides, and sew the two pinned sides together using either the sewing machine or needle and thread.

  3. Turn the bag right side out, leaving the unfinished edge open.

Completing The Muslin Bag

  1. Pour the flax seeds into the open edge of the muslin bag.

  2. Pour in the dried herbs or essential oil, and knead the bag to mix.

  3. Fold the raw edges in 1/2 inch, and sew the bag shut 1/4 inch along the folded seam.

Completing The Silk Bag

  1. Slide the muslin bag into the opening of the silk bag, and knead the flax seeds to flatten the internal bag.

  2. Fold the raw edges of the silk bag inward 1/4 inch, and pin the edges together.

  3. Sew the pinned edges of the bag together 1/8 inch from the edge to complete the yoga eye bag.

    Tip

    If you have sinus allergies or sensitivity to herbs, refrain from adding them to your bag. Sealing your yoga eye bag in a plastic bag when not in use helps to maintain the aroma.

    Warning

    Some essential oils are irritating to the skin if they make direct contact, so use caution when using aromatherapeutic oils.

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Things Needed

  • 8-inch by 8-inch satin, or other soft fabric
  • 8-inch by 8-inch organic muslin fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine and thread, or a needle and thread
  • 1 cup organic flax seeds
  • Iron (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dried lavender or other herb, or two to three drops of essential oil

About the Author

Andrea Cespedes has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. A personal trainer, run coach, group fitness instructor and master yoga teacher, she also holds certifications in holistic and fitness nutrition.

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