Definition – What does Bhrumadhya Drishti mean?
In yoga asana practice and meditation, bhrumadhya drishti is a Sanskrit term that refers to focusing one’s internal gaze on the third eye center, a point described variously as between the eyebrows or just above that point. In Sanskrit, bhru means “eyebrow,” madhya means “center” and drishti translates as “seeing,” “gaze” or “eye.”
In general, drishtis are the points of focus that can be viewed only mentally as with bhrumadhya, or they are locations that can be seen, such as the tip of the nose or the hands. Focusing on a drishti serves as an aid, blocking distractions, helping concentration, and making it easier to meditate and hold a pose.
On explains Bhrumadhya Drishti
Bhrumadhya drishti is also known as the ajna chakra drishti, referring to the center of energy located in the same region. Because it improves concentration and focus, bhrumadhya drishti is often employed in seated meditation as it connects the yogi to his/her intuitive powers. But this drishti also helps with alignment and balance in yoga poses. Asanas that use this drishti include:
- Viparita Virabhadrasana (reverse warrior pose)
- Matsyasana (fish pose)
- Eka pada paripurna vrischikasana (one-legged stretched out scorpion pose)
- Urdhva padmasana in niralamba sarvangasana (upward lotus in unsupported shoulder stand pose)
- Purvottanasana (upward plank pose)
Other drishtis used in yoga practice or meditation include: nasagra (tip of the nose), angushthamadhyam (thumbs), hastagram (hand), nabhi chakra (navel center), urdhva (upward or toward the sky) and padayoragram (toes).