Tibetan practitioners of
Yantra Yoga, or Trulkhor - a fragment of a mural in Dalai Lama's
private temple in Potala, Lhasa
Yantra Yoga (Tib. Trul
Khor - Magical Wheel) is one of the oldest systems of yoga in
the world, with unbroken transmission lineages dating back as far as
the 7th century AD. It forms a path complete in itself, whose goal is
the experience of the state of the Natural State: Dzogchen. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
received the teachings of Yantra Yoga from his uncle, a renowned yogi,
as well as other Tibetan teachers, and it is through Yantra Yoga that
he started teaching Dzogchen in the West in 1970s.
Many of the positions and movement sequences of Yantra Yoga are similar
to Hatha Yoga or Ashtanga. The primary aim of these sequences, however,
is arriving particular breathing patterns, the position of the body or
the stretch being of secondary or tertiary importance. These breathing
sequences, which lead to specific types of retention of breath, allow
the practitioner to work with their subtle energy.
To learn more about Yantra Yoga, please visit the official site.