Focusing at the Tip of the Nose in Kundalini Yoga

The purpose of specific gazes (called Drishti) in yoga is to focus the mind and bring the attention inward. Eyes open 1/10th with the gaze at the tip of the nose is also said to connect us to the root chakra and stimulate Kundalini. It also stimulates the frontal lobe part of the brain. Yes, you will still get the benefits of the meditation if you practice with the eyes closed but the effects will definitely be heightened with the corresponding focus.

Re: Focus at the tip of the nose with the eyes about 9/10th closed.

There are several ways to facilitate looking at the tip of the nose. Bring your forefinger in front of your face and look at it. Keep looking at the forefinger and slowly bring the forefinger to the tip of the nose.

To facilitate the concentration at the tip of the nose, do the following exercise. Bring the arms out to your sides parallel to the ground, palms up. Do breath of fire for 1-3 minutes. This exercise balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which makes it easier to maintain the focus of the two eyes.

The eyes focused at the tip of the nose causes the optic nerves to cross at the third eye. Thus it is easier to bring your mental focus to the Third Eye while the eyes are directed at the tip of the nose. Both the pineal and the pituitary glands and the area between them are stimulated by this eye posture, which has the effect of breaking old habits and
creating new ones.

A tip for practice is to hold a fingertip 6 inches in front of the tip of your nose. Keep the gaze very soft, sort of like looking, but not looking. Let the gaze take in everything in the periphery surrounding your fingertip so you see everything simultaneously. This lets your conscious mind be still and your unconscious mind take over. Now follow with your gaze as you draw the fingertip towards your nose. When you touch your nose drop your finger and continue to look towards the nose tip.

Remember to keep the gaze soft. If, at any time, you feel eyestrain, please continue with your eyes closed.