Tuesday, May 31, 2011

“Quiet Eyes”

This article talks about the research into sports performance and “quiet eyes.”

“When you do feel anxious, try to control your visual attention, stay visually focused on your target and keep your gaze steady.”

Mostly they’ve studied golfers, but I wonder about its application to climbers. It seems to me, when I am stressed while climbing, I have the opposite problem – I am so focused on what’s right in front of me, that I don’t look around to see other holds. But maybe my eyes are moving so fast, I don’t see additional holds.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

In yoga, it is called drishti, soft focus. It is helpful for balance

Definition: Drishti is a point of focus where the gaze rests during asana and meditation practice. Focusing on a drishti aids concentration, since it is easier to become distracted when the eyes are wandering all over the room. Each yoga pose has a specific drishti, which also aids in alignment. Even though a drishti can be described as a fixed gaze, the eyes should always stay soft, never straining.