There are nine drishti, or gazes in the Ashtanga yoga method. Each one corresponds to a specific point of focus.
Drishti is a Sanskrit word that means ‘gaze’ and is closely connected to Pratyhara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (Concentration) and Dhyana (meditation) the 5th, 6th and 7th limbs of The 8 Limbs of Yoga. The use of drishti integrates our asana practice, as it helps us focus and steady the mind and turn our awareness inward.
Where the gaze goes, the attention goes and the life force (prana) follows. Energy which is directed towards the gaze point is said to stimulates the energy channels (nadis), the energy centres (chakras), Prana flows and we awaken energy that would otherwise lie dormant.
Do you ever notice a deeper connection to Mula Bandha when you gaze towards Nasagre drishti (tip of your nose)? This practice is so much more than making shapes 😉
📸 of Krounchasana with Padayoragre drisht (toes). In this case the corresponding drishti is encouraging me too lengthen fully from the hips all the way out through the crown of the head. This aids my alignment so that I’m not rounding my lower back or my shoulders, and I’m more focused on strength than flexibility.