Angushthamadhyam Drishti

Definition - What does Angushthamadhyam Drishti mean?

Angushthamadhyam drishti is a Sanskrit term that refers to focusing one's gaze on the thumbs. It comes from the root Sanskrit words of anguathah, which means “thumb,” and drishti, which can mean “gaze,” “eye” or “seeing.”

Drishtis are the gaze points used throughout yoga asana practice and sometimes also in meditation. They provide a point upon which to hold the awareness. By using a drishti, such as angushthamadhyam, the yogi is able to improve their focus and concentration, taking their attention away from any external distractions.

Yogapedia explains Angushthamadhyam Drishti

Angushthamadhyam drishti is most commonly used for warrior one pose and its variations. In these postures, angushthamadhyam helps encourage the lengthening of the spine, and the reaching up of the torso and the arms towards the sky. It brings an elevated and uplifting quality and intention to the posture. It is also used in urdhva hastasana and garudasana or eagle pose.

The Ashtanga Yoga system emphasizes the importance of drishti. It teaches that angushthamadhyam drishti is one of nine possible drishtis. Some of the rest include nasagra (the tip of the nose), urdhva (upwards or towards the sky), ajna chakra (between the eyebrows), and hastagram (to the hands or fingertips).

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