When we practice Ashtanga yoga, the eyes are open. There is a gazing point. The eyes don't move.
One reason for this is: when the eyes don't move the mind becomes calm. Concentration deepens. Focus develops.
Sometimes I see yogis/yoginis practicing with closed eyes. This provokes in me the thought: Now they enjoy the felt discomfort, the stretching discomfort.
The eyes (green, brown or blue) are part of the Ashtanga game. They have a task.
They combine mind and body.
I am more prone to look around than to close my eyes. This is also not as it is supposed to be.
There is a gazing point for each asana and the eyes remain quite.
There is still so much to discover and to focus on: what an exciting practice.
The book by David Swenson was my first Ashtanga book. After 7 years I still look into the book when I am stuck at an asana. Click and buy and enjoy the knowledge of Mr David Swenson. Thank you.