Definition - What does Drishti mean?

Drishti is a Sanskrit word meaning "sight" and refers to the gazing technique practiced while holding a yoga pose. It can also be used during meditation to improve focus and aid in sense withdrawal. Practicing drishti while performing yoga, supports and improves the practice while creating Self-awareness. It also makes breathing exercises and meditation more productive.

Yogapedia explains Drishti

There are a total of nine drishtis in yoga. The following are the gaze positions and related asanas for each:

  1. Nasagrai drishti: the nose tip (standing forward fold)
  2. Bhrumadhye drishti: the ajna chakra, or between the eyebrows (fish pose)
  3. Nabi chakra drishti: the navel (downward-facing dog pose)
  4. Angusthamadhye: the thumb (upward salute pose)
  5. Hastagrai drishti: the hands (triangle pose)
  6. Parsva drishti: the right side (Bharadvaja's twist pose)
  7. Parsva drishti: the left side (All twist poses)
  8. Padayoragrai drishti: the toes (seated forward bend)
  9. Urdhva drishti: upward (warrior one pose)

Drishti involves conscious seeing, through which the individual looks past the screen of prejudiced beliefs. Hence, it helps one to achieve superior levels of consciousness.

Practicing drishti not only helps with yogic poses by improving alignment and encouraging adjustment toward perfecting the poses, but also supports mental health and improves mental clarity.

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