A drishti is a focal point or gaze point. Using a drishti in your yoga practice helps to deepen your concentration and they bring a steadiness to your yoga. They are cultivated over time, alongside all other aspects of a yoga practice.
The nine drishtis are: Nasagrai (Nāsāgrai) - at the tip of the noseAngusta ma dyai (Aṅguṣṭha madhyai) – to the thumbNabi chakra (Nābhicakra) – to the navelPadhayoragrai (Pādayoragrai) – to the toesHastagrai (Hastagrai) – to the palm/ extended handParsva (Pārśva) – to the side/sUrdhva (Ūrdhva) – to the sky/ upwardsNaitrayohmadya or Ajna chakra (Bhrūmadhya) - to the third eye/ between the eyebrowsParsva drishti - far right or far left
Ubhaya padangusthasana - example of a Nasagrai (nose) drishti