In Tadasana at the yoga workshop this past weekend at the Yoga Circle, esteemed Iyengar Yoga instructor, Lois Steinberg said something like: Gaze forward, just above the horizon line of your eyes.
And I was set free... It was after the numerous backbends. I was standing upright!
She also mentioned how some of us (like me--I thought to myself) have had a habit of looking down, and that cultivates depression. You don't say...
In fact, I have said to a class of yoga students: Do not look down. Do not follow me in this regard. I have a bad habit of looking down. I have known about it as you can see, but hadn't been able to correct myself in a way that has lasted. Until now...
I guess a lot of things were going on for me at this workshop, and one of the things I gained is my self respect. I am holding my head high.
As I am walking around I am looking forward, just above the horizon line of my eyes. I feel effective and competent with this directed gaze. I've taken this gaze into the classes I'm teaching, and into conversations I've had. It feels good!
A fearless gaze.
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