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Yantra Yoga

The science of Yantra Yoga is the study of mathematics and geometry as it unfolds in the universe, visible in a variety of natural phenomenon like the spider’s web, or spiralling shells.

Yantra Yoga is a complex system of geometry and mathematics which assigns values to the forces that make up the universe. These forces can then be mapped out as mathematical formulas and geometric patterns  such as those seen in crystals, snowflakes and flowers. In the human world, those who have become aware of these patterns expressed it through sacred geometry in the temples of various cultures. The entire cosmos is unfolding as a growing mandala – a concentric geometric pattern, flowing outward to the extremities of the universe.

As the electromagnetic energies of the stars come back in and converge at various angles they condense and create the manifest world we perceive with our senses. Generally we cannot directly perceive this energy, but with modern scientific technology it can now be observed and measured.

Through the practices of concentration techniques known as Dharana in Yoga, the inner vision is carefully developed and one may see the vibrant energies (before they are modified by the mind) as geometric patterns. Concentration, visualisation and contemplation are a vital component of traditional Yoga and part of our Yoga Teacher Training system of empowerment.

Just below are a series of yantra mandalas depicting Sri Yantra, one of the geometric patterns seen by millions of “seers” over the centuries, and considered a sacred figure in Indian culture.The multiple triangulation is a mathematical reality of the cosmic mind, coning up through many cultures.

In the mandala below, symbol for Ajna Chakra we can find the lost and hidden language of geometry, known to secret societies like the FreeMasons, not so secret organizations like the Vatican, as well as many old cultures from the Mayan to the Egyptians pyramid builders. Ajna chakra is the element of MIND, just above the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth.

In this multiple symbol artwork we see the shape of an eye, the central pupil of which is the Yin Yang indicating duality and opposites. There is one swirling clockwise, and inside that one swirling counter-clockwise. Around that is the six sided orange figure representing the reticular activating system, a working function within our minds that helps focus our attention one thing while other perceptions go to the subconscious. The seven double spiral shapes within that orange hexagon stand for the psychic senses mapped out in the yogic science, the higher intuitive realms of perception that have been denied by Western science until recently. To the outside of that but within the purple circle are eleven other senses with which we experience the world outside of ourselves. the wave going through the center indicates that underlying all perceptions is the wave like quality of all energy giving us these senses. Plus a diagram of magnetic fields – which make up the matrix containing all energies. Mind IS the central web that holds it all together, and through mind we are all connected. The two large petals stand for the left and right hemispheres of the brain.