Marma points are an important element of Ayurveda’s healing power. These energy points profoundly affect the body, mind and spirit as well as facilitate the deepest levels of healing. Stimulating marma points directly taps into the individual's reservoir of energy and promotes good health.
The major marma points in the human body are connected to the seven chakras, while the minor marma points are found around the torso and the limbs. Stimulating the marma points affects the chakras and the doshas (types of energy in the body). It also stimulates the various organs and systems of the body.
The main aspect of yoga practice that actively uses the marma points is the practice of pratyahara. "Vasishta Samhita," a yoga text, explains the use of specific marma points for the practice of pratyahara. It states that drawing prana from each of the 18 major marma points is the best expression of this limb of yoga.