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How to Meditate

Yantra: A Tool for Meditation

Yantra is an ancient tool used for meditation, in which the meditator gazes upon sacred geometric images to focus the mind.

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According yoga teacher and author Richard Rosen,yantra is literally “any instrument for holding or restraining.” In the yoga tradition yantras are geometric diagrams, composed mostly of triangles, squares, circles, and lotus leaves, that symbolically represent a chosen deity’s energy field. Just as a mantra is an audio prop for meditation, so a yantra is a visual prop that focuses the meditator’s awareness and, like a map, points the way back to its divine source.

Create your own yantra with these prototypes.