Trataka is the practice of gazing steadily at a single point.
Holding the gaze on one point develops concentration, memory and will power. It is an accessible practice, with a profound ability to quieten even the most restless mind. It is a very effective way to clear complexes and phobias and can be used to relieve nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia.
It is the last shatkarma of hatha yoga, a powerful cleansing practice which leads to pratyahara (sensory withdrawal), dharana (relaxed concentration) and dhyana (meditation).
Many objects can be used as the object of focus, but a candle flame leaves a definite after image and is therefore recommended for beginners.
Those of you who have practiced trataka may have experienced the hazards of trying to balance a candle at eye level. This elegant simple design provides a safe, adjustable and portable solution.