The Importance of Gaze and Breathe

Bruce Lee said it best, "A successful warrior is no more than an average man with laser focus." 

Drishti, 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. If you find your minds eye wandering scroll through this page to updates on how to focus your intention. 

ur drishti plays an important role in all of our daily practices. When it comes to tapping into your inner warrior, focus begins with breath. ranayama is more than "breath control" it is a tangible expression of the body in stillness. What does that mean? It means that we can be still and move all at the same time. A warrior learns early in his training that to find stillness in movement makes him more aware, present and agile. You can respond faster, think quicker and move with greater accuracy. Who doesn't want that? 

n order to access your inner warrior you must begin with the breath. This means you start simple. Set a timer for two minutes and count your breaths. Take a deep breath in through the nose, then pause, followed by an exhale out the nose. When you exhale count one, then repeat the breath in, pause and out, count two. Count all the way up to ten and then back down. If you lose track start back at one.

his simple meditation will allow your drishti to be on your breath. By connecting with your breath you are already more a warrior than when you started.

If you feel like you can focus on your breath with ease in stillness, now it's time to try a moving meditation. For this practice I want you to do Sun A 20x. 

 

Can you keep your breath connected with the movement? When did you lose it? Did you hold it at any point? Take notice of where your focus was in your practice. As you begin to find deeper focus in your moving meditation you can begin to develop a new practice where you add Sun B and perhaps some standing balancing poses. What to keep your breath in check try some core work. 

he point is that in order to evoke the warrior spirit you must return to your focus. What do you spend most of your day focusing on? For many it's social media and emails. But are you really focused if you have three screens open while texting your friends and posting to Facebook. Laser focus, requires us to be completely engaged. Therefore the warrior spirit exists beyond the mat and in our everyday lives.