Drishti

Sanskrit

Some translations for the Sanskrit word drishti include:

  • Gaze
  • Pure Seeing
  • Vision
  • Point of View
  • Insight
  • Intelligence and Wisdom

Overview

  • Drishtiis a gazing direction associated with asanakriyas, meditation and other yoga practices.
  • Drishtihelps to develop concentration and attention, and to draw energy inward.
  • It can also help to improve asana
Concentrates Mind & Draw Energy Inward

Through drishti you can cultivate a deeper level of concentration, improve your alignment, and tune into the inner sensations of the body in every pose, so that you’re practicing the way the ancient sages intended—with full awareness. As yoga expert David Frawley writes in Inner Tantric Yoga, “Fixing the gaze…not only concentrates the mind but draws our energy inward along with it, extending the action of pratyahara, or the yogic internalization of the prana and the senses. –  Jennifer Allen Logosso

Drishtis in Various Styles

  • In Ashtanga Yoga, every asanahas a specific, predetermined drishti.
  • In  other styles of yoga, when drishtis are used, they may or may not be the same ones traditionally used in Ashtanga Yoga.