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 Post subject: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:41 am 
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I think this is the right for this thread apologies if this is in the wrong place. I'm still finding my bearings, if I placed it incorrectly please place it in the correct place.

I noticed a mat last time I visited the health food store I thought it was a Yoga Mat, but on further inspection it was a Yantra Mat. Has anyone used such a mat? If so did you find any benefits?

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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:45 am 
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A Yantra mat, interesting. What is it made out of?

On the Yantra Yoga DVD's from Shang Shung, it looks like they're using a type of rug.

I have a real-wool Yoga blanket, and just fold it in half or in half twice depending on the movement.


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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:45 am 
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Lhug-Pa: this is from the yanta mat website: http://theyantramat.co.uk/about-acupressure-mat.php

Yes it is a type of mat, I currently use a mat I got from a thrift store I got during my stay in Canada. I was just curious as to whether it would have any benefits or not. What I mean by this is from people who have used them. I appreciate that stores will say almost anything to sell a product.

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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:55 am 
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At first I was sort of under the impression that it might have been a mat made specifically for Yantra Yoga, which I'd never heard of, and which it obviously is not.

I've never used a "Yantra Mat", so I don't know if it lives up to its claims.


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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:01 am 
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Thank you for your reply Lhug-Pa.

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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:23 am 
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That website says it is based on acupressure, an area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Although not an expert, I understand acupressure to be more than massaging random spots on your back with a mat.

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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:46 pm 
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Kaji wrote:
Although not an expert, I understand acupressure to be more than massaging random spots on your back with a mat.


Indeed. This seems merely a ploy to sell mats. Yantras are good meditative objects, but not if you're sitting on them! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:54 pm 
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I like them. My mother does too. For sitting or laying on. But it's not for yoga. If you asked for a yoga mat and that's what you need then you can ask for your money back since the seller doesn't know what he's selling. The producer is definitely a commercial operation but for all the claims of health benefits, I personally go by a simple "what you see/feel/taste/smell/hear is what you get" criteria: If it feels good to sit on it, that's the benefit, and if you're ill, see a doctor.

On the "feels nice" gimmicks topic I can recommend something for the head too, like these
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 Post subject: Re: Yantra Mat
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:44 pm 
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My mother used a mat a bit like that for years. It was a yoga mat, but had a simplified yantra-like device in the middle. No averse effects, and she used yoga to prevent having to have spinal surgery.

:woohoo:

(she also found the yantra useful for keeping count of her repetitions!) :mrgreen:

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