Trataka, or steady gazing, is a simple yogic meditation technique which helps improve internal and external eye function. It also helps develop concentration and visualization abilities.


  • Set a candle at an arm’s distance, level with eyes.
  • Gaze steadily at the candle’s flame, keeping your eyes open.
  • After a minute, close your eyes and continue gazing steadily, but this time at the after-image. Stay as still as possible.
  • Let your breaths lengthen and deepen. Relax.
Note: Feel free to substitute any other object for the candle. What matters is your focus and relaxation.
For more on meditation, read our beginner’s guide