Within vastu vidya, the intention is to ensure architecture is aligned with and integrated into nature. It strives to bring into architecture a balance of The Five Elements that yogis believe the universe to be made up of. This is said to help with positive energy flow and harmony within the structure.
As a system, vastu vidya combines traditional views of science, astrology and metaphysical concepts. It considers factors such as the influence of the sun and moon, wind direction and the earth’s magnetic field. The building design must also incorporate the intended function of the building.
Vastu vidya does not prescribe rigid systems, but rather provides models and relational ideas. Such models may use geometric patterns (or yantra), mandalas, symmetry and/or different directional elements.