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Drishti

January 13, 2010

As yogis following the eight-limb path of ashtanga yoga we are constantly trying to withdraw our senses (pratyahara), whether it be through meditation, fasting, or simply closing our eyes and taking a deep breath.  In taking our attention away from outside stimulation, we create internal awareness.  We want to be free from the distractions of the outside world and firm of mind.  Rather than get caught in the up’s and down’s of everyday life, they become like small ripples that don’t change who we are.  Drishti is a method of sense withdrawal that I have been using recently while practicing asana and it is very powerful.

Drishti is a steady, calm gaze taken during the asana practice.  Sharon and David, in describing drishti write, “One gazes toward the hazy realm of perception beyond the clearly focused.”  I have really come into practicing this gaze naturally.  By allowing the focus of my vision to slip away, I am able to let the rest of the room slip away and travel further and further into my own movement, breath and body.  Try looking straight forward, but allowing your gaze to melt away from the outside as it becomes internal.

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  1. Harper permalink
    January 13, 2010 11:03 pm

    i want to master this.

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