“Drishti, or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. It relates to the fifth limb of yoga concerning sense withdrawal, as well as the sixth limb Dharana relating to concentration.” As we settled into our yoga mats at Banff Yoga Practice we were invited to find our Drishti, and while this term was not new to me, I found the unique setting of doing yoga on a rooftop in the middle of one of the most iconic and beautiful mountain towns a challenge.
I had to simultaneously concentrate with intention on the experience that was unfolding around me. A sunrise yoga class where the sun peeked out over the mountain top, officially bringing us a new day. My two children are at my side, keen on embracing the experience that had them out of bed oddly early for a summer holiday break. A yoga class where the crips mountain air danced between my toes, reconnecting me with the physical environment that I was fortunate to embrace.
And she said “find your Drishti” and I’m swirling with overloaded excitement… “Am I really supposed to be able to concentrate on finding my Drishti right now? This is way too exciting and amazing to be able to settle down and focus! I’m on a rooftop in the middle of Banff National Park doing a sunrise yoga class with my kids!!!”