I recently went to the west coast of America. Initially for work, which lead to a road trip, lots of yoga workshops and me getting engaged.
In all honesty, all of the teachers that I came across and all of the workshops that I took blew my mind but one really stood out. Rusty Wells in San Fransisco. If any of you have had the good fortune to go to one of his classes you will know what I mean. Class takes place in a big spacious warehouse, huge in fact! For some reason, I felt nervous before class. It stated L2-3, absolutely no beginners and I guess it made me question my ability.
So I went in and put my mat down, more people came in, then more and then some more. It was like being in India, there must have been 250 of us. The heaters were on and lots of folk next to each other.
I felt flighty and ungrounded. I was thinking about everyone else and not me and my practice. Drums began. Drumming and chanting for 20 minutes to start the class was really very beautiful, rhythmic and tribal. We began and still my mind wondered, my eyes too. Then the words “drishti” were said and everything changed, it all clicked. I began my journey inwards and had the most incredible practice that I have ever had.
Drishti literally means or focused gaze, is a means for developing concentrated intention. Yoga is an ancient science, tried and tested over thousands of years and there is a reason for this. Of course for many years I have understood and used drishti but this cemented it for me.
2 1/2 hours later, we chanted Om and it really was a magical experience.
Breath, Bandha, Drishti