Drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana and meditation practice. This focus, in which the eyes should always stay soft and unstrained, aids concentration and pratayahara, or withdrawal of the senses. Each yoga pose has a specific drishti, which also aids in alignment.

1/ Angusta ma dyai - thumbs
2/ Broomadhya - between the eyebrows
3/ Nasagrai - tip of the nose
4/ Hastagrai - hand
5/ Parsva - to the side (Left)
6/ Parsva - to the side (Right)
7/ Urdhva - up to the sky (also called antara, which means “within”)
8/ Nabi Chakra - to the navel
9/ Padayoragrai - toes

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Question: ‘I’m trying very hard in my practice but don’t seem to be getting anywhere.’

Answer: ‘This is very important. Don’t try to get anywhere in the practice. The very desire to be free or to be enlightened will be the desire that prevents your freedom.

— The Venerable Ajahn Chah