Hastagram Drishti

Definition - What does Hastagram Drishti mean?

Hastagram drishti is a Sanskrit term that refers to the practice of focusing one's gaze on the hands. In Sanskrit, hasta means “hands” and drishti translates as “gaze,” “eye” or “seeing.”

Drishtis are the points of focus used during asana practice and sometimes meditation to provide an anchor point for the mind. By focusing on a particular drishti, the yogi is able to tune out any distractions, find concentration and therefore enjoy greater balance, presence and awareness in the posture.

Yogapedia explains Hastagram Drishti

Hastagram drishti is most commonly used for Warrior II pose, with the gaze settling on the front fingertips. The gaze should be focused, but soft, allowing the eyes to take in the fingertips while the background fades out. In this way, hastagram drishti enhances the energy of the posture, making it one of setting direction and taking aim. Other postures that use hastagram drishti include:

  • Trikonasana or triangle pose

  • Utthita parshvakonasana or extended side angle pose

  • Ardha chandrasana or half moon pose

In the Ashtanga Yoga system which emphasises the importance of drishti, it is taught that there are nine possible drishtis. Others include nasagra, the tip of the nose, urdhva, upwards or towards the sky, ajna chakra, between the eyebrows, and padayoragram, to the toes.

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