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Tratak - candle gazing

20 mins

Trataka (or candle gazing) is a powerful and potent technique that can bring both joy and simultaneously calm and focus your mind. In sanskrit, the word is tratak literally means to gaze, or to look.

Physical benefits

  • improves your eyesight and vision
  • provides stress relief and deep relaxation
  • deepens your sleep and helps improve insomnia and nightmares
  • reduces headaches


Other benefits of this technique include:

  • improving concentration, intelligence and memory
  • enhances self-confidence, patience and willpower
  • brings greater clarity and improves decision-making ability

This technique is also an excellent method to prepare for meditation - especially mantra meditation as it calms the mind and provides inner peace and silence. Perfect for the next stage of your meditation practice. It is especially useful to develop your sense of focus and concentration which are essential to progress in your yogic practices.




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Members' comments:

30 May, 2023
SunFlowersfab's picture
Lovely. I did this meditation 6 months ago I never registered your comment Annie re excess water in eyes indicating excess pitta. This evening I heard ever word. My sense of focus and concentration has improved since I have been an online Dru Yoga member.I am so pleased to be progressing in my yogic practice, I was stuck in a rut, showing up for my classes at my local leisure centre was beneficial but now a whole new world of Dru Yoga is opening up for me. Very interesting beautiful wisdom, thanks for sharing all your knowledge.
28 Jun, 2022
Palomita's picture
Thanks Annie, it Its helping me, with my Parkinson symptoms.
4 Jan, 2022
KayMarples's picture
Thank you for this meditation so clearly led. The morning after I did the meditation I felt my mind was very clear.
1 Jan, 2022
JosephineP's picture
Thank you so much sending love and light to you all
4 Jan, 2020
Mona Fairholme's picture
Mona Fairholme
Thanks Annie Just did a calming meditation dedicated to Australia x
1 Oct, 2017
DrukeNL's picture
Thank you Annie, this is really beautiful and very helpful. xxx
26 May, 2017
Jane O'Halloran's picture
Jane O'Halloran
Really beautiful thank you Annie x
18 Nov, 2016
Liz Waddington's picture
Liz Waddington
It was a fitting end for me today after Nana's Pitta class as it's so dark outside so I really felt the love & warmth of the candle flame & the whole yoga community with me. Thank you :-)
12 Nov, 2016
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Heather Whitlam
Thank you Annie loved your candle gazing. Will use it with my class next week , also with myself. It gives such a sense of peace and hope x


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