drishti

The word दृष्टि, ‘driśti’ comes from the Samskritham root 'to see'. In yoga, it means to hold a steady gaze. This steady gaze can be directed in two directions: Outward gaze using physical points called Bahir Driśti, बहिर्दृष्टि  Inward gaze as in चक्र, chakra or मुद्रा, mudra called Antar Driśti - अन्तर्दृष्टि दृष्टि, driśti is used in आसन - āsana, प्राणायाम - prānayāma and धारणा …

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first things first

"Faith is taking the first step even though you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr. There are many firsts in life; a first step, first bike-ride, first hike, first job. Yoga-asana practice, has many firsts as well - first yoga-mat, first yoga teacher, first yoga class, first yoga retreat, first yoga chant, first yoga text. Of course, if you didn’t have a ‘good first yoga’ impression, it is …

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in the beginning

"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi They say everything must have a beginning. And on this journey too, there was a beginning. More aptly, many beginnings. In the beginning, growing up in Bengaluru, India, (the best city in the world - yes, I am partial) I don't recall hearing the word yoga. Then again, even if it was spoken all the time …

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