drishti’s + essie

if you practice yoga, particularly ashtanga yoga – then you may be familiar with the term “drishti” if not let me break it down for you :

Drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana & meditation practice. Focusing on a drishti aids concentration, since it’s easier to become distracted when the eyes are wandering all over the room. Each yoga pose has a specific drishti, which also aids in alignment.

in ashtanga these are the 9 dhristi’s:  & it changes depending on what pose you’re in

  • Nasagrai : tip of the nose
  • Nabi Chakra : the navel
  • Hastagrai : the hand
  • Padayoragrai : the toes
  • Angusta ma Dyai : the thumbs
  • Urdhva / Antara Drishti : up to the sky
  • Parsva Drishti : far to the right
  • Parsva Drishti : far to the left
  • Ajna Chakra / Broomadhya : the third eye / between the eyebrows

Don’t expect to just memorize these right off the bat & don’t worry if you cannot remember all the relevant Drishti points, any good teacher will consistently direct your gaze to the appropriate one in each posture practiced in class, & before you know it the drishti’s will become second nature & you will naturally gaze in that direction during your practice.

i dont know about you- but i personally find chipped nail polish highly distracting during yoga- ultimately my goal is not to be concerned about things like that- but nobody’s perfect & it takes a lot of time.

i saw this cute essie display at CVS : stock up & paint your nails zen 😉

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yogaga

[ boxer shorts. spinning again. pilates hottie. marathin. gym dandy. yogaga. ]

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