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Nine Designs for Inner Peace: The Ultimate Guide to Meditating with Color, Shape, and Sound Paperback – December 13, 2007
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"Forget Sudoku, Nine Designs for Inner Peace provides templates, instructions, and background information on nine ancient yantras that correspond to the mind-body-spirit states essential to well-being . . . Tomlinson's step-by-step directions make the process simple." (New Age Retailer, Jan 2008)
"Even if you aren't looking for another method to find inner peace, you'll get addicted to making yantras and decorating your walls with them." (Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch, Feminist Review, Feb 2008)
" . . . Sarah has produced a superb book which contains easy-to-follow instructions for creating exquisite planetary yantras to access their healing and centering benefits." (Yoga Magazine, Jan 2008)
"Yantras, geometrical diagrams used in tantric meditation, are a mystery to most Western yoga practitioners--which makes this delightful and unusual book even more intriguing. . . . Beautifully illustrated with an inviting layout, this practical workbook is an inspiration to the creative divine spirit in all of us." (Ruth Jones, Yoga +, May/June 08)
“Nine Designs for Inner Peace is a practical guide to the ancient tantric art of Yantra painting and Yantra meditation, leaving no detail aside. Shining through in every aspect of the book, one finds the deep inner peace promised as a result of this yoga practice.” (Peter Marchand, author of The Yoga of Truth and The Yoga of the Nine Emotions)
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“Nine Designs for Inner Peace is a practical guide to the ancient tantric art of Yantra painting and Yantra meditation, leaving no detail aside. Shining through in every aspect of the book, one finds the deep inner peace promised as a result of this yoga practice.”
--Peter Marchand, author of The Yoga of Truth and The Yoga of the Nine Emotions
“This masterful guide is a work of warmth, inspiration, and beauty. A brilliant teaching for the artist, yogi, or seeker, it reveals ancient, mystical elements of sacred geometry as meditative tools and powerful connections to the Divine.”
--Danny Paradise, international ashtanga yoga instructor
The tantric art of drawing or painting the Nine Designs known as Yantras is an ancient practice of active meditation that yields positive healing and centering effects. Each of the corresponds to nine qualities of body and mind essential to well-being: radiance, nourishment, passion, intellect, expansion, bliss, organization, uniqueness, and spirituality. From the basic elements of the square, the circle, and the triangle, dynamic visual meditations unfold as the practitioner works clockwise from the outer elements inward toward the central point of stillness, or bindu, the source of happiness within. While preparing each Yantra, an accompanying mantra is recited to fully engage the senses in the meditative process.
Creating the design that “speaks” most to the practitioner enables its unique healing quality to be transmitted. For example, working on the Radiance Yantra cultivates optimism and the self-confidence to succeed in one’s endeavors, while “radiating,” or imparting, one’s inner light to others.
This workbook provides an important resource for active meditation, a practice revered for its effectiveness in revealing the spiritual underpinnings of everyday life. The active participation of the body in meditation while creating the nine planetary Yantras raises the practitioner’s intentions and actions to the level of spiritual ritual and gives access to profound states of healing integration.
SARAH TOMLINSON studied Yantra painting in India with tantric master and artist Harish Johari, who revealed to her the healing power of meditation with Yantras. She is the founder and codirector of the Ayurveda-Yoga Institute of New York, and she trains teachers and students throughout the United States and Kingdom. She lives in Jersey.
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Sarah Tomlinson, the author of "Nine Designs for Inner Peace: The Ultimate Guide to Meditating with Color, Shape and Sound" was born in England in 1968 and began her study of yoga at the age of 17. After completing undergraduate studies in fine art in London she relocated to New York City, where she participated in an MFA program exploring the sculptural effects of light in architecture. Currently Sarah lives in the USA and co-directs the Ayurveda-Yoga Institute of New York and New Jersey with Gandharva Sauls. She studied yantra painting in India with tantric master and artist the late Harish Johari, who revealed to her the healing power of meditation with yantras. Presently she regularly teaches Yantra Painting Workshops and Ayurveda-Yoga Intensive Training programs internationally.
Yantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from the root meaning "that which restrains or fastens, any prop or support", "any instrument or machine", or "an amulet, specifically a mystical or astronomical diagram used as an amulet." Yantra has also been defined as the visual analogue of a mantra, a sound or set of sounds, in that it is able to create the vibrations and other effects of a mantra by using the sense of sight rather than hearing.
The Yantra provides a focal point for meditative introspection that is a window into the absolute. When the mind is concentrated on this single, simple visual object, the mental chatter ceases. It is said possible to attain union with the Divine by the geometric visualization of a Yantra. The Yantra is also a microcosmic diagram of the macrocosm, a focal point and a doorway.Read more ›
Normally Yantras seem a bit out of reach to the average person with their association with particular dieties, etc. But this book is practical - making yantras for qualities like - Intellect, Nourishment and Passion - things you want to integrate more fully into your life. She has also given very modern translations to mantras that really allow them to resonate in todays world.
the stories that sarah writes about her background and her time spent with her teacher in india are inspiring. This is a great addition to a yoga/meditation practice.
Part 1 of the book explains the why and how of creation of Yantra art and meditation. The nine Yantra designs each have their own chapter in the mid section of the section. Color plates through out the book clarify the instructions on drafting and painting each design. And for those who don't feel up to the challenge of starting the designs from scratch, line art templates are provided in the appendix.
Part 2 delves into the background of Yantra practice. History and personal practice are both touched upon briefly. There is also a chapter on where and how to bring the Yantra colors into your daily life, such as the best day to wear red and where to hang the finished art in your home for best effect.
As an artist, I am very visual and think mostly in pictures and colors. Meditation has always been a bit of a struggle for me. Until this book came along. What was once a mystery has moved into the realm of possibility. Creating and coloring a Yantra design for a specific meditation has been a spiritual awakening. Daily meditation is no longer a chore but an anticipated retreat from the cares of daily life.
My only complaint is the discrepancy between the written word and the color plates in some of the color descriptions. Perhaps as an artist, I am being too fussy, but I found it confusing when the suggested color materials didn't always match up with the sample pictured. In the long run, I suppose it doesn't matter. The practice of drawing and painting with the prescribed chants more than makes up for such slight errors in color matching.Read more ›
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I was given this book as a gift long ago and at that time I had almost finished one Yantra but set it aside. Life got in the way. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LJ
I love this book. It taught me about the transformative power of yantras and how to draw and color my own, as tools for peace, growth, and expansion. Read morePublished 15 months ago by skaswot
I am loving my yantras. Sarah's instruction is really intuitive and just the right amount of information to get you going on the practice. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Erin Michell Luhks
Sarah's articulation of the practices is so accessible, helpful, and downright inspiring. I'm so glad I've found this book, now always open on our table at home, which has moved me... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elena Brower
Clear and precise instructions on how to draw and paint. Lots of info about the yantra, most of it very esoteric and beyond necessary. She is very excited about her subject. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by chela lightchild
I bought this to use with patients when teaching mindfulness to people without previous meditation experience. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Anna
Using this book as a guide, I was able to figure out a yantra design that was not included in the book. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Holistic Dynamic