Dharana? One-pointedness? What’s that?

boat pose-navasana - Ricardo das NevesThis is the practice of mental focus – concentration.

I can concentrate. For about 3 seconds. You mean you have a trick for making it last more than… Oh, look at the birdie!

Hey! Over here! Yes, there are many tricks. Practicing the asanas (the yoga positions) gives you focus, especially if the asanas involve balance or intensity. The awareness of the breath in Pratyahara (that is, during the practice of sense withdrawal) also provides the basis for this one-pointedness.

When’s lunch around here?

Here, why don’t you look at the pretty picture to the left and then learn about the next limb of yoga, Dhyana, which is about a blank mind. In a good sense.