Yantra’s are unique and rarely recognized aspect of yoga practice. You might find one hanging on the wall of a studio but, you certainly won’t work up a sweat while making one or complete it within 90 minutes either. They are exceptional because they offer an intimate synthesis between meditation and sensory engagement.
For those of you not familiar with the term, the word yantra has many translations including, “Power Diagram” “Revelatory Chart” and “Emblems of Psychic Power.” In practice, they are specific geometrical designs (said to have been revealed in deep states of meditation), that are highly symbolic and can be used as a tool for meditation.
The images themselves are said to depict universal forces (deities) found in subtle plains of existence. The process of creating, blessing and finally gazing/meditating upon the images reveal latent psychic forces within the practitioner. As such, yantras like all other forms of yoga including asana, are a means of personal transformation and evolution.