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A History of DRISHTIQ

Happy 6 year Anniversary Drishtiq Yoga! Man time has flown.

It feels like yesterday I had just moved to Ohio. Little did we know my mom was going to make her dream a reality and open up a yoga studio. The news was exciting to the family and we all wanted to know what was going on and how we would be apart of it.

DRISHTIQ

I still remember helping my mom pick out the logo design. I wasn’t able to understand the true meaning behind Drishtiq and our logo until I grew a little older.

For those of you that don’t know, the sanskrit word “drishti” means focus. It’s used in yoga as a way to stay balanced and grounded in your yoga practice. Aside from yoga, it is an essential tool to be used in life. If we stay focused in our goals, we will be able to accomplish them, whether it’s fitness goals or life goals this idea is crucial in setting you up for success..

To emphasize this message, my mom added the “Q” to the end of drishti to symbolize infinite focus. One that is focused is equipped to pursue on their path to their goals.

More importantly, it doesn’t matter your background, how fit or smart you are, or where you are in life, anyone with focus can obtain their goals. Through your drishti you are able to grow as a human and get closer to your aspirations. This focus is infinite and that’s the meaning of Drishtiq.

When it came to choosing a design for the logo it was really important that it embellished the message of Drishtiq. This is how we landed on the logo we use today.

The majority of the logo follows the image of an eye. This is where we find focus in a more practical sense. It’s our gaze and view. All physical goals can be seen. However what do you do if your goals aren’t physical? What if your goal is to become more understanding and pateint with others? You can think of this eye as an internal eye as well. Our internal eye is always there and ready to start on our intentions. Whether it’s our own eyes or our internal eyes, the fuse to our goals always starts there.

Once the focus has lit, our ambition is ablaze. The flame is the pupil of the eye which symbolizes our ambition in conquering our challenges and obtaining our goals. Between the colors and the imagery it very nicely encompasses the message in our name.    

Next time you see our logo I hope you find a deeper meaning in it and use it as a little push forward on your intentions.

With enough drishti or focus, nothing can get in between you and your goals.

This is DRISHTIQ.

Yoga's Health Benefits

Many inches of snow and subzero temperatures, it’s safe to say that the weather starting out 2019 has been pretty crazy. I don’t even know if the groundhog saw its shadow; all I know, is the other week was pretty warm and now we are back to the cold. (yippee…)

Meditation

These sudden changes in weather affect our health and yoga practice as a whole. In deep focus or meditation, sudden feelings sparking thoughts of It’s way too hot out or I’m freezing can distract us from focusing on breath and stillness, effectively ruining the emersion that meditation provides. By training ourselves to be mindful of this and continuing to practice daily, perhaps you will find yourself barely noticing it at all.

Additionally, with this weather comes sickness: cold, flu, you name it, it’s going around. Nonetheless, yoga is great for boosting your immune system when you need it the most.

Shoulder-stands and headstands are great if you have them in your practice. They get the blood flowing in reverse which is helpful in activating lymph nodes to better fight off disease. Of course good old down dog and forward fold are great for this too, allowing you to release tension and relax.

Bridge pose is also helpful to get blood flowing to the head while stimulating the Thymus and clearing your sinuses, which will help your immune system function. This is also good to open up your chest and shoulders and release tension in those areas. Twists are also helpful in opening up the hips, back, and shoulder areas.

And why not spend some extra time in a resting pose? Along with downward dog, child’s pose and Savasana are great. After all, when you are sick, sometimes just lying down is all you need.

Finally, the use of essential oils are also helpful for improving the immune system from what I’ve researched. Check online and do your own research to learn more.

Lemon Essential Oil is great for detoxing the body and can be put in water.

Diffusing Burglars can proactively stop a cold.

Oregano Essential Oil can strengthen the immune system overall.

These are just a few that I could find but I encourage you to research yourself to find what works best for you! Taking time to care for yourself is so important during these winter months and is something we tend to lose sight of during this time of the year. Make it a priority -- you deserve it.