Synchronising every movement with conscious breathing, we find ourselves in a perfectly relaxed state. Each yoga sequence performed in Yantra Yoga aims to guide the breath into a natural harmony with the mind and body. Yantra Yoga, one of the oldest recorded systems of Yoga that exists in the world, was for centuries a closely guarded secret reserved for advanced yogic practitioners. In light of its universal benefits for humanity, Yantra Yoga was first introduced to the West in the 1970s by one of the foremost Dzogchen Masters of our time, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Yantra Yoga has come to us by way of Tibet, a land that holds a vast, rich Buddhist knowledge and heritage. Yantra Yoga’s unique series of positions and movements, combined with conscious breathing, can help coordinate and harmonise one’s personal energy so that the mind can relax and find its' authentic balance. Many positions used in Yantra Yoga are similar to those of Hatha Yoga, but the way to assume and apply them differs significantly. Yantra Yoga uses a sequence that consists of seven phases of movement, connected with seven phases of breathing. In particular, the position in the central phase of each movement helps create specific retentions of the breath that work at a deep, subtle level. For this reason it is not only the main position, but this holding and the entire movement that are important.
The system of Yantra Yoga contains a wide range of movements that can be applied by everyone. It is a superb method for attaining optimal health, relaxation, and balance through the coordination of breath and movement. This fundamental and rich method is connected with the profound essence of the Dzogchen teachings, although a Yantra Yoga practitioner does not necessarily need to follow a particular spiritual path. Therefore, anyone can practice it without limitation. It is taught to assist one to find the true natural state.
“When I learned Yantra Yoga from my uncle, the great yogi Ugyen Tendzin, I did not know I would come to the West to teach the path of Dzogchen and Yantra Yoga to people living in a world that is so different from my homeland in so many ways. But despite the differences between East and West, we are all human beings and we all have body, energy, and mind. After arriving in Italy in the early 1960s, the first thing I taught was Yantra Yoga, a sacred and secret practice in Tibet. I decided to teach it because people asked me to, but especially because I understood how beneficial it could be for so many people to be able to have a path to real evolution. A practice that helps coordinate body, energy, and mind while making us more balanced and free from tension is immensely important. When we have a more relaxed mind, it is possible to have a better, more harmonious, and healthy life. This is why I decided to teach Yantra Yoga: it is something anyone can find beneficial, and it can bring more compassion and understanding among people. When we are happier, we are more open to everyone and everything around us. In today’s world we really need to find ways to be more relaxed and have less stress and tension so that we can experience genuine happiness and joy.”
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Namgyalgar Yantra Yoga Instructors
Emily Coleing (Northern Rivers, Australia) - 0404 717 557
Amare Pearl (Northern Rivers, Australia)
Lindy Pulsford (Adelaide, Australia) - 0425 443 535
Oni McKinstry (Tasmania, Australia) - 0447 954 201
Sean Read (Shanghai, China) - 0414 610 243
Mathew Long (Canberra, Australia) - 0457 737 401
Thuy Nguyen (Hobart, Australia) - 0468 456 108
Dean Wickenden (New Zealand)
Organise a Beginners Course of Yantra Yoga
Beginner courses in the Purification of the Prana, also referred to as the Eight Movements or "Lungsang" (Tibetan), are taught by our local authorised instructors: Emily Coleing; Amare Pearl; Lindy Pulsford; Oni McKinstry; and Sean Read. These courses are open to anyone interested in beginning to learn Yantra Yoga.
Kumar Kumari is a method of Yantra Yoga designed specifically for children aged between five and twelve years. This method was conceived and written by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, taking into account the physical size, energy, and unique qualities of breathing of children.