An eye bag placed over your lids during Savasana isn't essential to your yoga practice, but it sure is a nice amenity. However, these little accessories can cost $10 to $15 each!
If you're just the slightest bit crafty, you can whip up one or two for your personal home practice, sew up a few to give as gifts to your favorite yogi or create a set for class attendees if you teach.
You need just a few materials to make your eye bags. Choose a type of fabric that feels good on the face. Satin, microfiber, suede, polished cotton or soft bamboo are good choices. You might choose the colors purple or white as they correspond with the sixth, third-eye, and seventh, crown, chakra, too. These two chakras are most stimulated when you're in Savasana; they represent your connection to wisdom and spiritual understanding. Of course, a cool pattern is always a good choice, too.
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For each eye bag you make, you'll need two 4 1/2-inch by 12-inch swaths.
In addition to the fabric, choose a filler. Something with a little heft, like dried lentils, rice, buckwheat hulls or dried beans, is best. These add weight to the bag as it sits on your eyelids. To create a calming smell, add a handful of dried lavender, chamomile or another pleasant herb. The scent of essential oils fades quickly, so the whole herbs are best.
Stitching and Filling
Stack the swaths of fabric together (right side facing right side) and sew all sides, either by hand or using a machine. Leave a 1 1/2-inch gap on one side. Stitch the sides twice, or use a serger stitch if you have a machine, to make certain the seams hold when you add the heavy filling.
Turn the bag inside out and fill with about 1 1/2 cups of the bean and dried herb mixture. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Eye Bag Use
Use the eye bags for meditation or in the last few restful minutes of your practice. They're also a nice touch for a restorative practice, in which you spend much of class reclined.
Even if you don't practice yoga, the eye bags make for a soothing break from a hectic day. Lie back, close your eyes and place the pillow over your lids. Inhale the scent you've chosen to use for filling and relax.