𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒂𝒛𝒚 8 – the exercise of tracing a horizontal figure 8 – is a major Brain Gym® activity to enhance bilateral vision and brain balance. The effectiveness of the Lazy 8 is hinted at by the fact that the infinity sign is an old symbol found in diverse ancient cultures.
Because of its effectiveness in cultivating the fundamental skills of crossing the visual midline and orienting both eyes to work together, it is categorised as a Midline Movement. The effectiveness of the Lazy 8 exercise for improving binocular vision, hand-eye coordination, grounding and spatial awareness is also attested by the fields of occupational therapy and developmental optometry.
The fluid movement of the eyes and hands from the left visual field to the middle, right and back again, is a powerful vision training exercise. As a matter of fact, doing the Lazy 8 is highly integrative of all levels of the sensory system: sight, sound, touch and kinaesthetic.
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙄𝙩 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙨
The Lazy 8 exercise is simple to do, but it is highly recommended to learn it from a Brain Gym® instructor/consultant. In brief, you stretch out your left arm in front of you at eye level. From this starting point, you trace the Lazy 8 with your left thumb, following the movement with your eyes, circling up the middle, over to the left and down, around up the middle, over to the right and down, and around to centre again.
To get a taste of the benefits of practising the Lazy 8, try tracing the symbol in the animation attached to this article, from about an arm’s length away from the screen. Play it in full screen mode on a desktop PC for best results.
The simple Lazy 8 movement is repeated a number of times with each hand as the facilitator directs, and then it is repeated with both hands, fingers laced together. Alternatively, Lazy 8s can also be traced while holding an object such as a pen, as the facilitator finds necessary.
𝙎𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙏𝙬𝙤-𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙇𝙖𝙯𝙮 8
For children who find the two-handed Lazy 8 too complex, there is an alternative. Instead of tracing the Lazy 8 with two hands, the facilitator can help the child to do hand-over-hand circles counter-clockwise and then clockwise for one minute in each direction. The facilitator can assist in this way until the child can accomplish the two-handed Lazy 8 independently.
𝙑𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙖𝙯𝙮 8
The discipline of Educational Kinesiology has many variations based on the Lazy 8.
• For enhancing fine-motor coordination, the Lazy 8 can be drawn two-handed with chalk, markers or thumbs in the air.
• For improving vestibular balance and listening skills, one can imagine tracing the Lazy 8 in the far distance.
• Additionally, the Lazy 8 can be traced with different parts of the body to relax posture and improve physical structural symmetry.
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