Gaze is an element of Posture ~~
… I would suggest that when practicing any technique or teaching, one ask oneself this question; ‘when I am prracticing or teaching this, do I EXPERIENCE and understand how this relates to my life?’.
What science of perception and existential philosophy tell us is that peripheral vision is essential to understanding ‘where’ we are, which is important in figuring out ‘who’ we are – moment by moment – as a more differentiated way to look again at all yogic practices.
Our culture is hooked on focal or grasping vision, so practices like Drishti that encourage this need to be well understood. On a physical level, exclusive focal vision also inhibits the balance organ and so has dire consequences for our posture.
It is useful is to stimulate the ‘intelligence of differentiation’ which is discouraged on an almost world wide scale these days – so as to enable one to experience what a shift in gaze means, how a change in perspective is essential to not getting hooked and loosing the ability, to find appropriate somatic and spiritual meaning.
Adapted from YogaYoga, by Leo Peppas ~~