How to Make an Eye Pillow

Eye pillows are perfect for relaxing and/or Shavasana. Shavasana is that part of yoga everyone loves at the end of class. You lay down on your mat and end your practice with a mix of relaxation and a meditation.


  • Fabric of your choice 9 in./8 in. (I used cotton fabric from Walmart I found on sale)
  • Needle and thread that matches your material
  • Fabric pins
  • Scissors
  • Rice (I used brown rice)
  • Essential Oils of your choice (I used Lavender and Cedar Wood)
  • Bowl, spoon, measuring cup (1 cup)and funnel.

Side Note: I used a sewing machine but you can hand-stitch this if you do not have a machine.

The picture above is a rough idea of what will happen. Yes, I drew it on my whiteboard. You will fold the fabric right sides together so that all you see is the wrong side of the fabric. Pin it in place so that it doesn’t move around when you sew.

Giving yourself 1/2 in. seam allowance, Starting sewing from the folded edge. NOTE: you will not sew all the way around. You will need to leave a gap so that you can turn it right side out. I recommend not putting the gap on a corner because you will have to hand sew the gap closed. In the picture above I show a dotted line this represents where you will sew.After you have finished turn it right side out.

Pore one cup of rice into a bowl. Drip 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils. Stir with spoon. Put funnel into pillow and pour rice into the pillow. Hand-stitch the opening closed. I forgot to film myself doing it so I am including a youtube video of a tutorial.

You can use these at cooling packs by placing them in the freezer. They can also be used as heating pads. Just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

Now you can have your own eye pillow you can take to yoga class or use on the couch to relax. Hope you found this helpful.


The VIPKid Yoga Teacher, Heather



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5 Reasons VIPKID Teachers Should Do Yoga

Are your muscles sore from sitting or standing at your desk for long periods of time? You are definitely not alone. I am a certified yoga instructor and I was using yoga to cure my aches and pains from sitting for long periods of time. I was mainly doing chair yoga in between classes and using those VIPKID “Preposition Yoga” slides to my full advantage. Here are 5 reason VIPKID teachers should do yoga.

1.We Need Movement

Sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time is hard on the body’s circulation. Your spine becomes compressed causing your nerves to be pinched. Not to mention gravity is pulling your 20 lb head towards the floor, causing your posture to go out of alignment. Yoga stretching and poses help correct your posture and relieve pressure. By creating stronger muscles so you can maintain a great posture for longer.

2. Better Sleep

I know that caught your attention. Struggling to get enough sleep is the number one issue I read about in the VIPKID community. Studies have indicated the people with a regular yoga practice fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

3. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Yoga is the practice of combining breath with movement. This helps you to improve your blood flow and intake of oxygen. When you are sitting and or standing and not taking full breathes your body goes into stress. Your body thinks it is in fight or flight. That is one of many reasons we feel exhausted from just being stationary.

4. Increases Focus

Yoga brings your attention within your body. Focusing on breath and your movements pushes all the distracting thoughts away. This calms your mind and body. You will become more present in your life. Yoga is healthy for your brain.

5. Yoga Makes You Happier

Have you ever noticed that yoga people seem happier? They don’t let too much bother them. Just one class of yoga can begin to reprogram your brain. Breathing makes you happier. Even your posture is related to your mood. The biochemical changes in your brain can have huge impacts on your mental and physical health.


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