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Drishti: Focusing the gaze on, well, drishti

Drishti gaze focusing warrior

What is drishti? Concisely, drishti is a focused gaze. We might have attempted to use it in yoga classes, especially when we’re endeavouring to balance in tree pose, but there is much more to this topic than meets the eye – or gaze.

Let’s put drishti under the microscope. The Sanskrit word drishti literally means ‘sight’. But in the context of yoga, drishti is more than seeing, it is about focusing the gaze on one specific point in order to move the attention of the mind inwards. It is a way of developing concentrated intention through the sense of sight. (more…)

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Pratyahara: Your Very Own Isolation Tank

Pratyahara: Your Very Own Isolation Tank

According to Wikipedia, “an isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine. The isolation tank was originally called the sensory deprivation tank.” What does that have to with yoga?! (more…)