What are Mantra and Yantra
Mantra and Yantra are expressions of consciousness and energy, of mind and body, of vibration and form on the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. They are the expressions of Siva and Sakti.
The concepts originate from the tantric tradition. In combination, they are part of the esoteric practice of yoga and hence the process involves chanting, visualization, puja (worship) use of mudra (hand gestures) and breath in specific ways.
They can be experienced on different levels, initially there is a shift in awareness and attitude, the body and the mind may feel more relaxed, more focused. As the process deepens and one undertakes this process as a sadhana, or regular spiritual practice, then we begin to see and awaken
other aspects of mind and personality; a process of transformation becomes possible.
Each Yantra has a meaning and associated deity and must be accompanied by a specific mantra. Without the vibration or frequency, the yantra – the form – is just an image, a picture. It is the mantra that is the spirit which energises and activates the form, and the two must go together for the process to be effective.
The process involves ritualistic practices to create connection between microcosm and macrocosm. Rituals are external and non-religious practices that help us connect with an inner experience.
Our Retreats and Workshops
The retreats are held in a simple and natural environment and give the time and space to go deeper into this process, combining a comprehensive yogic approach of regularity and routine, with asana and pranayama classes, yoga nidra and meditation sessions, plenty of mantra chanting
This is all explored and expressed in the process of creating, constructing and most importantly worshipping a yantra.
Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney)
I have been a juggler and a life sharer, spent 15 years as a teacher in special needs education and autism and as a mental health social worker. I have been teaching yoga since 2003. I like black tea with milk and sugar, most dogs, good films, good music and have learnt and shared many good things with the people I have worked and studied with over the years, they have taught me a lot and I am very grateful to have had that experience in this life.
Practicing with yantra for me has been a process of discovery and a deepening of sadhana, or spiritual practice, and of my relationship with the environment, with others and myself, and I am very happy to be able to share this with others.
Antarshuddhi (Nadeshda Stürzebecher)
Born in Sofia and living in Vienna, Austria, I am an artist and art and yoga teacher. My art exploration has been in the fields of the fine arts, tapestry and animated films. For me art and creating have always been a spiritual practice and in the last few years I increasingly devote this quest by exploring the science of Yantra, Mantra and Mandala.
I believe that every one of us has a creative potential which we should open ourselves to, explore and unfold in our life. I am committed to encouraging everyone to develop and live their creativity. By practising yantra and mantra we can approach ourselves in a different and more intuitive way.