THE DRISHTIS

Drishtis are the meditation gazing points to focus on while performing the poses. They are designed to aid with proper alignment, as well as to strengthen the focus on the present moment. While practicing we tend to look around, compare ourselves to others in the room, or look at the clock. This takes away from the focus on the internal aspects of the practice. Drishtis are meant help you look inward.

They are as follows:
1. Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)
2. Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)
3. Nabhi, Nabhicakre, or Nabi Chakra (belly button)
4. Hastagrai or Hastagre (hands)
5. Padayoragrai or Padayoragre (toes/feet)
6. Parshva Drishti (to the right)
7. Parshva Drishti (to the left)
8. Angushtamadhye or Angushta Ma Dyai (thumbs)
9. Urdhva or Antara Drishti (up to the sky)

Drishtis can be complicated to grasp at first. However, there are general guidelines for the gaze. It comes down to letting your eyes follow the direction of the stretch. For example, in backbends we look at our third eye in order to let the head roll back and deepen the backbend. Similarly, in seated forward bends, such as Paschimottanasana (Western Intense Stretch Pose), we gaze at the toes to lengthen the spine. The purpose of drishtis is not for you to become crosseyed; they are a way to softly focus without intensely staring.

THE DRISHTIS

Drishtis are the meditation gazing points to focus on while performing the poses. They are designed to aid with proper alignment, as well as to strengthen the focus on the present moment. While practicing we tend to look around, compare ourselves to others in the room, or look at the clock. This takes away from the focus on the internal aspects of the practice. Drishtis are meant help you look inward.

They are as follows:
1. Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)
2. Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)
3. Nabhi, Nabhicakre, or Nabi Chakra (belly button)
4. Hastagrai or Hastagre (hands)
5. Padayoragrai or Padayoragre (toes/feet)
6. Parshva Drishti (to the right)
7. Parshva Drishti (to the left)
8. Angushtamadhye or Angushta Ma Dyai (thumbs)
9. Urdhva or Antara Drishti (up to the sky)

Drishtis can be complicated to grasp at first. However, there are general guidelines for the gaze. It comes down to letting your eyes follow the direction of the stretch. For example, in backbends we look at our third eye in order to let the head roll back and deepen the backbend. Similarly, in seated forward bends, such as Paschimottanasana (Western Intense Stretch Pose), we gaze at the toes to lengthen the spine. The purpose of drishtis is not for you to become crosseyed; they are a way to softly focus without intensely staring.

ABOUT MR. YOGA

New York Times best selling author  & Guinness World Records title holder Daniel Lacerda (aka Mr. Yoga) is the worlds number one authority on yoga poses. This yoga pioneer has been featured in The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Men’s Health, and Self magazine to name a few.

Daniel’s students include TV celebrities and former Olympic athletes, along with everyday people. His personal goal is to get 1 billion people to practice yoga worldwide. Daniel continues to train others to become certified yoga teachers. All of the models selected to appear on this website are his students. The Mr. Yoga, Inc. office is located in Beverly Hills California.

ABOUT MR. YOGA

New York Times best selling author & Guinness World Records title holder Daniel Lacerda (aka Mr. Yoga) is the worlds number one authority on yoga poses. This yoga pioneer has been featured in The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Men’s Health, and Self magazine to name a few.

Daniel’s students include TV celebrities and former Olympic athletes, along with everyday people. His personal goal is to get 1 billion people to practice yoga worldwide. Daniel continues to train others to become certified yoga teachers. All of the models selected to appear on this website are his students. The Mr. Yoga, Inc. office is located in Beverly Hills California.