Dr as in Drive
Ish as in Swish
and ti as in iced tea.
Drishti is a sanskrit term that is often heard in yoga or asana classes. Drishti is commonly defined as a practice of gazing on a specific point to rest the eyes and become steady and present in the moment....aka focus. When the body becomes wobbly on the mat, settling the gaze on one point can bring balance and stability to the pose, and the same can apply to life off of the mat. When life becomes busy and scattered and overwhelming, bringing awareness to the moment brings peace.
Here are a few definitions that were pulled off the internet:
"Drishti is a Sanskrit word that comes from yoga. The practice of Drishti is a gazing technique that develops concentration and teaches you to see the world as it really is. In yoga, drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during a posture and meditation practice--gazing outward while bringing awareness inward."
"The full meaning of drishti isn’t limited to its value in asana. In Sanskrit, drishti can also mean a vision, a point of view, or intelligence and wisdom. The use of drishti in asana serves both as a training technique and as a metaphor for focusing consciousness toward a vision of oneness. Drishti organizes our perceptual apparatus to recognize and overcome the limits of “normal” vision."
"Drishti (IPA: [ dɽʂʈi ]; Sanskrit: दृष्टि; IAST:dṛṣṭi), or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga (pratyahara) concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb dharana relating to concentration."
As with most words, drishti has multiple interpretations and meanings; and, here at Drishti Fest we honor and embrace them all. That said, our personal intention is to offer an event in which participants can use yoga and mindfulness to enhance their outer focus in life while simultaneously creating lasting inner peace and harmony.