As a Yogi, we seek to view an inner reality, becoming aware of how our brains only let us see what we want to see—a projection of our own limited ideas. Often our opinions, prejudices, and habits prevent us from seeing unity or seeing more clearly.
Our drishti, our gaze, our visual focus through our asana, is a technique for looking for the Divine everywhere—including within, and seeing correctly the world around us. Drishti allows us to see God in everything.
When we get caught up in the outer appearance of things, our vitality flows out of us. Allowing the eyes to wander creates distractions that lead us further away from yoga. To counteract these habits, control and focus of the attention are fundamental principles in yoga practice. When we control and direct the focus, first of the eyes and then of the attention, we are using the yogic technique called drishti.
After teaching the yoga class on drishti, I was moved by the texts and feedback I received from the students. I knew it would be an incredible experience, and having Larry play the guitar and sing during Savasana was icing on the cake! When I did the drishti practice during my Baptiste training, I considered it one of the most powerful moving meditations I had ever done. At some point in the practice, my block became a mirror, my drishti shed a light within, and I saw things I had tucked away, and when I went down into half pigeon, I let them go. The release I felt brought me to tears. Your focus determines your reality, and combined with yoga, your focus shines a light of awareness into the corners of your body. When I went into the heart opening poses of the practice, I cried some more, because I fell a little bit more in love with me. When I set the block behind my head before pushing up into wheel pose, I couldn’t wait to get back up in wheel and put my gaze back on that block. I had more determination to do 6 wheels and hold them longer than I had ever had before.
I can’t explain how much I enjoy sharing this beautiful gift of yoga with my students, but I can tell you that I am grateful that you show up, do the work, and allow me the opportunity to do what I love. Thank you to everyone who participated in the drishti practice and for those of you that shared your experice wiht me and gave me a little love and appreciation after class.