Sunday, April 10, 2011


I discovered the drishtis relatively late in my Ashtanga yoga practice.
They are important and make a difference:
- To keep the eyes motionless and to gaze towards a point helps me to balance.
- It also directs the body in the wished direction.
- It calms the mind.

I could clear something during the workshop: In downward facing dog i.e. it is said that drishti is the navel. It would be better to say:  look towards the navel. It needn't be seen and often the gazing point cannot be seen. Better to keep the neck relaxed than to really see a gazing point.
Generally spoken: It is, that we have to look towards a point (toes, navel,....), it needn't to be seen.
What a relief.....hahahaha.

Many yoginis close their eyes when they go deeply into an asana. But in Ashtanga yoga the eyes are open.

It requires concentration to practice asanas with the correct dristhi.

Lino Miele: I practice Ashtanga yoga because it feels good.

I final quote by Lino Miele: love yourself.

This was a bit of the workshop by Lino Miele, how I've experienced it.
Yes, it was exciting.
Ah, and to meet all the yoginis and yogis, what a joy.

In this sense enjoy your weekend.

Lino Miele's book about Ashtanga yoga, here is it:

Thank you for buying it via my blog.


Bettina said...

Great that you had the chance to practice with Lino. I also thought about this workshop, but somehow didn't have the energy to organize everything. But I will go to a one week retreat with my teacher, Andreas, in two weeks, this is much more important for me. Thanks for sharing Lino's wisdom with us.

Quentin said...

Sri Krishnacharya encouraged closing the eyes to feel the balance in Samasthiti-Todasana.

And when in doubt for the dristhi, use chin lock.

Chin lock may also be used in upward facing dog, as well as looking up to the ceiling.

some students are taught slightly differently, and I believe it is how the teacher views a student's body type; e.g. in savasana some say always turn the palms upwards, but vata types, Sherath Jois a good example, turn palms downward during corpse pose.

remember that Ayurveda is an important study by Sri P. Jois and he used this in his practice of yoga, as well as in teaching.

The western form of Ashtanga as taught to India visitors varies from how it was taught to locals back in the old days of Jois's beginning after he retired from the Mysore Palace.

There are many facets to the yoga taught by Krishnacharya and I believe Ashtanga is a good introductory vehicle for yoga, but eventually one must add the over 900 routines gradually to an Ashtanga practice for enlightenment.

yoga rocks, especially with Lino.

Ursula said...

Bettina, much fun with Andreas.

Quentin, thank you for adding your knowledge.

You both are great and committed yogis....:)