If you scroll through a yoga-centric Instagram feed you may have found visions of mandalas pop up. The eye-catching pattern no doubt caused you to pause and double tap to like the image. But do you know the power of what this figure holds?
In Sanskrit, Mandala means circle. However, in basic terms mandalas are geometric forms that can also consist of squares and triangles to make up its wheel shape.
Traditionally, mandalas are tools to establish a sacred place –- you will find them in Buddhist art, churches, and spiritual texts and settings. A mandala represents the Universe (unity) as the balance of elements symbolizes a completeness and connectedness (we are one). Because of this, mandalas are used as focal aids for meditation where we turn inward to connect with everything outward.
Using a mandala, sit still and focus on the center of the form. The visual elements has a emotional and psychological effect that leads to a trance-like, calming state. You might see mandala artwork painted on your yoga studio walls, on a hanging tapestry, or even in the prints of our Free Flow Yoga Tanks.
Creating your own mandala is also a powerful practice. According to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the Self. He would draw circular designs every day and observed his Self actively work. “I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point — namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center.”
Take pen to paper, brush to canvas and get started.
Better yet… go outside and use Nature’s elements to create your symbolic mandala. Look for rocks, sticks, leaves, flower petals, and shells, and feel the connection to the Universe as you connect to your center.
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