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Product review: Yantra Mat Acupressure Mat

I’ve been reading a lot about acupressure lately, and have even written a few articles on the subject, so I was really excited when I got my hands on a Yantra Mat acupressure mat a couple of months ago. The spiked discs on the mat apply nonspecific pressure to various points on the body. That means you can’t use it to target specific acupoints, but you can use it to increase overall circulation, which can help relieve muscle tension. According to Yantra Mat USA, it also helps reduce stress and relieve headaches and fatigue. Yantra Mat testimonials also say the mat helps increase energy, relieve pain, and promote a deeper state of relaxation.

I’ve been using my mat fairly regularly before bed, and I swear I sleep better when I do. There is just something about lying back on the spikes that makes me feel immediately relaxed. After a few minutes, the points create a feeling of warmth, which is due to the increased blood flow in the area.

The mat does take a little getting used to, but it isn’t painful. Yantra Mat USA recommends starting with ten minutes and gradually increasing to 20.  After using it a few times, I figured out a method that works pretty well. I place the mat on my mattress, with the upper edge against my pillow. Then I sit at the bottom edge and slowly lean back. Once you’re down, you can’t easily adjust your position, so you want to back sure you lie back with your spine elongated. Then I reach back and adjust my pillow, and I can lie in bed reading like this for 20 to 40 minutes. By bending my knees and placing my feet on the mattress, I can increase the contact between the mat and my lower back, and I can shift my weight to create more pressure in a certain area if needed.

I am definitely taking it with us next month when we go camping. I know it’ll help me sleep and help relax my muscles after a long day of rock climbing or hiking. (The mat comes with its own carrying bag; rolled up, it is about the same circumference as a yoga mat but shorter. You can even remove the inner foam pad and just use the spiked cover when traveling.)

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  1. Bed of Nails – Yantra Mat

    Over the last twenty years in the West there has been a growing surge of interest in Eastern forms of exercise, meditation and self improvement. Yoga of many kinds is now practiced by a large and increasing number of people in their search to find tranquility and calmness in a crazy world.

    The Yantramat is an example of how a single artifact taken from yogic culture has achieved remarkable market prominence even among people for whom it is their first connection with yoga. What is the Yantramat and how does it work? What does it do?

    The Yantramat is based on the ancient yogic concept of the ‘bed of nails’ a device created by the yogis and others ( the Russian peoples also had the same idea) to go beyond limiting patterns of the mind, to go beyond pain and to achieve peace and inner stillness.

    When you lie down on the Yantramat, the spikes stimulate the Marma points. These are points that in Ayurvedic and yogic healing have a predictable effect on the energy of the body. This stimulates the flow of ‘prana’ or life force to flow through the ‘naadis’ the tiny channels which form a network to carry the prana into the whole body. The increased flow of prana has a harmonising and relaxing effect on the biosystem which creates the ‘feelgood’ factor that attracts people to the mat.

    One of the ‘8 limbs of Yoga’ as defined by the great Yogi Rishi Patanjali is ‘pratyahar’ which is usually translated as ‘withdrawal of the senses’. It is a technical process which involves synchronization of all the sensory input to one single point or thought or focus. In this way the scatteredness or the ‘all over the place’ monkey mind is trained to obey its owner. The Yantramat is an exceptional tool to experience the yogic state of ‘pratyahar’.

    Until full scale doubleblind tests can be done on the Yantramat, no medical claims can be made. But we can hear the great experiences that people have reported using the Yantramat. Thousands and thousands of them!

    I have taught yoga and meditation for 30 years and as Director of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Training course I am aware of the need to help people to change their relationship with their own thoughts, to ‘stop’ their mind. The Yantramat is considered an invaluable tool here at Kundalini Medicine to help people slow their process down and be very still and very present.

    Enjoy and savour the Yantramat, a modern version of an authentic piece of Yogic culture.

    Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, BAcC RCHM
    International School of Kundalini Yoga

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