The Art and Practice of Yantra Yoga
Tibetan Yoga of Movement introduces the method of Yantra Yoga, a traditional Tibetan form that is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. Derived from an eighth century Tibetan Buddhist text, Yantra Yoga includes many of the same positions found in Hatha Yoga but in Yantra Yoga they are applied differently. The Yantra Yoga system encompasses 108 sets of movements (yantras) and several types of breathing to be learned at one's own pace. Each yantra is a sequence of seven phases of movement connected with seven phases of breathing. With the subtle practice of uniting breathing and movement, Yantra Yoga is an essential practice for yoga practitioners and anyone seeking authentic balance, harmony, and understanding of our true nature.
Since the eighth century, this yoga teaching has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, the current lineage holder began transmitting Yantra Yoga in the West in the 1970s. Presenting detailed instructions accompanied by over 400 instructional photos, the book describes the sequence of movements, methods of breathing, and the concrete health benefits of the practice.
Table of Contents:
What is Yantra Yoga?; The Uniqueness of Yantra Yoga; Advice for Practice; Warm-ups; The Nine Purification Breathings; The Five Exercises for Loosening the Joints; The Eight Movements to Purify the Prana; The Five Exercises to Control the Channels; The Five Main Groups of Yantras: The First Group; The Second Group; The Third Group; The Fourth Group; The Fifth Group; The Vajra Wave to Eliminate Obstacles
“ • "Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is one of the greatest Tibetan meditation masters and scholars teaching in the West."--Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and Awakening the Buddhist Heart, and the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts”