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