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Nyasa is the conscious act of touching or placing the fingers or hands on sacred, sensitive, or medicinally active points of the body. In hindu tantric meditations and pujas, the practitioner lays his hands on himself in each of these places, in special sequences. The meditator infuses each location with a special mantra, visualization, or feeling, which is spoken aloud or mentally conjured. In the case of nyasa during tantric maithuna sacred sexuality , the male anoints each part of the female with aromatic oils, ashes, or sandalwood paste, and the touching and mantra infusion both sanctifies each body part, arouses it sensually, and creates empathy, or connection, between the partners. In modern western terms, nyasa creates mind-body connections by linking together neural networks, merging physical sensation in the body with thoughts and feelings of sanctity, joy, devotion, protection, and warmth. In the early s, Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga decided that the religious overtones of this practice might repel many westerners who might otherwise benefit from yoga. Now repeat the process, touching any part of your body that needs it — sore joints, achy sinuses, whatever. What is Nyasa? Look at your imagined yellow smiley face until you start to smile. Feel the results.
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While doing these practices, divinity is brought into the body through the use of mantra sound and visualization, focusing the mind on certain sacred marma points. The Mahanirvana Tantra, written in the 17th century, describes the technique of Tantric Nyasa. These Nyasa rituals are performed by consecrating the body to a deity, examples of which are Kara Nyasa Nyasa of the hands , Anga Nyasa Nyasa of the limbs. The Matrika Nyasa, which consists of the placing of mantra sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet on various parts of the body especially on the petals of the chakras, is aimed at consecrating the body to the various deities and purifying it to become Sattvic pure, clean, holy , in preparation for mantra japa mantra recitation and puja act of worship. These Tantric Nyasa techniques consist of moving awareness from marma point to marma point. A marma point is at the intersection of nadis channels through which prana flows , as well as visualisation and placing mantra sound on the specified marma points in the body. If we look at the development of some of the modern day techniques described as yoganidra practices, we see they are based on ancient Tantric Nyasa techniques. We can make a distinction, between the highest state of yogic Self-realization as yoganidra, that state entered into known as Turiya, on the one hand, and yoganidra practices derived from Tantric Nyasa placing of mantra sound on marmas, consecrating the body to the divine and moving awareness from point to point , on the other. In Hindu lore, Nyasa is a mandatory procedure that precedes every mantra japa recitation.
About Nyasa, Chakras, consciousness and the resolution in Yoga Nidra. The above quotation, from a more than year old text, describes an experience in the relaxation Yoga Nidra. Tantra is a timeless tradition with methods for raising consciousness. If they do, then it is solely for the purpose of inspiring others to do something themselves, to meditate for instance, instead of philosophizing. Not everyone comprehends what it means to walk the path of self realisation.