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Practice of Drishti

Have you ever had one of those days where everything spins out of control or you just need some grounding power, something to help you feel centered? 

Our sense of peace starts from within.  The below is a guided meditation using Drishti to help us focus internally by gazing inwards.  Drishti is a yogic technique taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois more than 60 years ago.  The technique helps focus our “internal gaze” in a set direction and also helps control our attention.  This is used as part of the Kundalini meditation as well as yoga practice. During this meditation, we will focus our internally gaze at a point in time for about two to three minutes.  You can slowly work up to 10 deep breaths on each point.  This meditation can be done in the morning or at the end of the day. Explore and practice Meditation by utilizing our Drishti.

1) Sit in Lotus or crossed leg position, back can be supported by a wall.  It will be nice to have a shawl on your shoulders to provide warmth.

2) Focus your internal gaze at the “3rd Eye”; this is the space between the eye brows.  This “3rd eye” focus helps to strengthen our intuition and our sixth sense; helps to stimulate the pituitary gland, the organ that secretes hormones and regulates the thyroid.  It also affects the spinal column where our life force flows through. It is normal for your eyes to be partially crossed when your Drishti is focused at one point internally during meditation.

3) Roll your “internal gaze” up to the Top of your Head – our “Crown Chakra”.  This point is our connection to higher dimensions and energies, even to our higher self who, deep down, knows what is best for YOU.

4) Roll your “internal gaze” down to the Tip of our Nose with 1/10 eyes open (relaxed).  To get to this point, gaze at your finger in front of the nose and follow your finger as it slowly draws towards the tip of your nose.

The focus on this point helps to stimulate the pineal gland, which aid us in breaking bad habits and get rid of negative thoughts.  This point also focuses the connection with our base Chakra (aka Root Chakra) to help us with grounding.

5) Roll your “internal gaze” down to the middle of your Chin.  This point is called the “moon center” gaze.  It brings cooling and calming energy and helps us with one’s inward reflection.

When you are ready to come out of this Drishti practice, slowly relax your eyes but keep them closed.  You can gently lie down to get ready for another simple meditation to relax all seven chakras (energy centers) for a complete relaxation. Please note if this is your first time trying this meditation, your eyes may feel strained or easily tired, try to relax your gaze and body and try again.  Gradually increase the strength of your gaze as you build up your practice.

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