Chances are, if you have taken a yoga class- you have heard the saying "Keep your eyes on your mat" or "Keep your eyes on your eyes" (if there is a mirror in the room). Just about every teacher will say it. We don't say it to be redundant or to fill space with sound, because if you teach anything like me- I want less words and more silence for you to find yourself on that mat!
What does it mean to keep your eyes on your mat?
It means you are here SOLELY (solely: not involving anyone or anything else; only) for yourself and your own journey. You come to your mat, your sacred space, and you practice for you. It's not about how you look, what yoga clothes you have on, did you "master" the posture, because your friends are doing it, etc. You are on that mat because you need to be. It also means, keep your eyes to yourself. Now while physically looking down the entire class is not what we are aiming for- we ask that you look inwards at yourself. Not what is going on in the room around you, on the street, out in the world- we are asking that you look at what is going on inside of you! Physically, mentally, spiritually. The moment you begin to watch another person and their practice- you come out of your practice and you are now in their sacred space.
There are so many things that can spiral (downward) here:
We spend our days busy busy busy and constantly avoiding the Truth that wants to come through to us. Yoga gives us that opportunity to turn on, tune in, and drop out! Drop out of this "real" world filled with facades that further bring us down into that spiral of negativity and tune in to the ananda, bliss, of the REAL world of love and light.
Next time you are on your mat, see what a difference it can do for you if you "keep your eyes on your mat". You may just hear a little truth ring in your ear at the perfect time!