“Drishti means gazing point. Drishti improves concentration and brings about a realization of oneness during the practice. With the gaze focused in one place during our practice, we can be more present in the postures. This focus and awareness can carry over into our daily life.”
R. Sharath Jois
We all know how easily distracted our minds are. Having a point of focus for the eyes slowly, slowly trains the mind to concentrate with a laser beam focus. Which gives us the ability to observe the mind and see how it functions.
You would have heard many times “Where your attention goes your energy flows.” A distracted wandering mind disperses the prana in the body outwards so your energy becomes scattered everywhere. Yoga is a physical practice, but so much of what happens is directed by the mind. We learn to train the mind through the body. And this creates a shift from what we’re looking at…. to where we’re looking from. Here we can see many things like our energy, intention and attitude towards the posture and ultimately towards ourself.
Using Drishti to control your attention and train your concentration is a very powerful technique which gives you a more solid and powerful practice. Like a muscle our focus will only become stronger the more we use it!
The technique of traing the mind through the eyes has several layers. A few monthgs ago we talked about the yogi ethics called Yams and Niyamas (see June & July) Two of these yogic principles for cultivating a more connected inner life is pratyhara (sense withdrawl) and dhyana (concentration) . Drishti encompasses both of these in one hit.
2/3 of the mind processes sight, so by giving our mind less to process through what we are looking at. It starts to slow down and observe. The minds direction changes from outward to more inward. You start to see and feel your practice from a different space. The awareness of the body intensifies when you steady your gaze and eliminate distractions.
“The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in a posture”B.K.S. Iyengar.
The key is to shift your focus from the outer shape to the inner experience. With the gaze looking inwards, your practice becomes a moving meditation.
The principle of Dharana is the step before entering into the the state of meditation Dharana means concentration.. concentration of the mind on a single point of focus until it disappears and you disappear into Samadhi – the bliss state that yogis are aiming for.
It is a deeper vision and a seeing of onenness, a more expanded view which sees through the clutter and debris of the mind to a more pure place of awareness – one that is grounded in reality, seeing the deeper truth of life and who we are in our essence.
Lets strenghten this muscle together.