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Copper yantra meditation plaque, India, 1801-1900

Yantra mediation uses shapes and symbols engraved on to plaques to focus the mind. Mediation and yoga are recommended as part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Ayurveda is a Hindu medical traditional that aims to preserve and restore balance in the body through holistic treatments including diet and exercise.

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Glossary: yantra

A geometrical diagram used as an aid to meditation

Glossary: Ayurveda

An Indian medical tradition. Literally translated it means ‘Life Science’ and promotes mental and physical health through balancing biological elements. Ayurveda focuses on exercise, massage, yoga and meditation.

Glossary: yoga

Originally a Hindu spiritual practice, yoga is a system of meditation, breathing and a series of body positions. Yoga is carried out globally.

Glossary: holism

The theory that parts of the body cannot be explained without reference to the whole body.