Nasagra Drishti

Definition - What does Nasagra Drishti mean?

Nasagra drishti is a technique used in yoga asana practice and meditation to develop concentration and focus. The term comes from the Sanskrit, nasagra, meaning “nose tip,” and drishti, meaning “gaze.”

The nasagra drishti is related to pratyaya and dharana, the fifth and sixth limbs of yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras.

Yogapedia explains Nasagra Drishti

Nasagra drishti is the practice of focusing on the tip of the nose. To practice nasagra drishti, begin with eyes closed, relaxing all facial muscles. As the eyes open, look forward and then gradually move the gaze to the tip of the nose keeping the head steady. Hold the gaze for as long as is comfortable, but no more than three minutes.

Each yoga pose is associated with at least one of the drishti. Some that use nasagra drishti are uttanasana, chaturanga dandasana and padmasana.

The benefits of practicing nasagra drishti include:

  • Strengthens the eye muscles
  • Improves vision
  • Increases concentration
  • Improves meditation
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