Exploring Dharana: The Sixth Limb of Yoga

Live Be Yoga Ambassador Cameron Allen practices a meditation to strengthen dharana. 

Stay Be Yoga Ambassador Cameron Allen practices a meditation to strengthen dharana.

In Sanskrit, dharana means focus, particularly on a single level of focus. 2020 has been a whirlwind of vital occasions, each combating for our consideration. Our smartphones have prompted many people to lose focus, whereas we mindlessly “doom scroll” by means of social media, amplifying our anxiousness and sense of helplessness. On this fast-changing world, it’s crucial to be taught and consistently enhance the talent of focus.

Cultivating Focus By way of Focus

After we had been younger, our mother and father and academics typically informed us “to focus.”

However did they ever really train us how?

For me, the reply isn’t any, and I preserve this entrance of thoughts whereas studying the observe of dharana. One among my academics used this analogy when explaining dharana: lack of focus is sort of a gentle bulb whereas a laser pointer is dharana. A lightweight bulb’s vitality shoots out in lots of instructions, whereas the laser pointer is concentrated and centered into one stream of vitality. I’ve additionally heard it described as “tunnel imaginative and prescient,” the place we solely see the specified final result, rendering all different issues irrelevant.