Harness the influential energy of the deities with yantras—geometric diagrams composed of shapes such as triangles, squares, circles, and lotus leaves, which often represent the energy fields of specific deities. Just as a mantra can be a verbal (or silent) tool for meditation, a yantra acts as a visual prop and comes in many forms—think wall art, postcards, and three-dimensional figures. Melissa Forbes, a yoga teacher and artist who hosts yantra workshops across the globe, recommends placing one on your altar, on your desk, or even in your car, to invite the type of energy you seek. “You’ll want to choose a yantra that helps you realize your intentions and goals,” she says.
To get started, consider your goal and the type of energy you’ll need
to pursue it, then choose a yantra associated with the god or goddess who embodies that energy. For example, choose:
• Lakshmi to attract wealth and prosperity, either materially or spiritually
• Kali for strength and courage during transitions
• Saraswati for creative inspiration
• Ganesha to banish obstacles
Another strategy: Simply choose a yantra based on the design you’re most drawn to, says Forbes. Once you’ve found your yantra, place it in a conspicuous spot or focus on it while you meditate.