In Ashtanga Vinyasa, the asanas (postures) have a specific Drishti, gaze point of the eyes. This focal point helps to set the alignment and energetic movement of the posture. You move in the direction you are looking…you see what you are looking for. A solid Drishti point also relates to Pratyahara, the 5th of the 8 Limbs of Patanjali. The practice of Pratyahara, is a stillness of the mind by calming and separating from the senses.
We see with the mind, the eyes are simply the lenses. When the eyes are active, the senses are active and the mind too is active. When we have a solid drishti, the senses soften and the mind settles in one place. Having a solid Drishti, can also relate to having a solid intention. When you set your mind in a direction and hold it steady, there is a sense of will power, fortitude and resilience that is unstoppable.
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