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Drishti: A Tool to Intensify Your Concentration

By: Abi Carver
Published: May 5, 2020
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“Where focus goes, energy flows.” Tony Robbins

Dolphins are experts in sound, bears have a formidable sense of smell, bats navigate through echolocation but we, as humans, are predominantly visual animals. And although it isn’t talked about often, vision plays a very special role in yoga.

Focused gaze enhances concentration and direct attention to our inner experience. The gaze can act as a focal point for the mind and as a tool for deepening awareness.

When you turn up the volume on one sense circuit, in this instance vision, it helps to suppress competing stimuli, such as intrusive thoughts and distractions in the environment. In traditional breath meditation, focusing on the sensations of the breath allows you to watch the workings of your mind more closely. In yoga, being intentional with your gaze allows you to tune in more deeply to the physical sensations of your practice and the effect that the poses have on your mental state.


We share this article with permission. This article originally appeared on Yoga 15’s blog.

About the Author

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Founder of Yoga 15

Abi Carver is a passionate yoga instructor dedicated to empowering individuals to reach their full potential through mindful movement. With over 10 years of experience and a certification in yoga teaching (CYT), she skillfully guides students of all levels towards achieving their health and wellness goals.

Abi's expertise lies in creating personalized yoga programs that cater to the unique needs of each individual. She believes that yoga is not just about physical postures, but also about cultivating a deep connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Her classes are designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength, and mobility, while also promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

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