This week my classes are inspired by the meaning behind artistic mandalas. Here is the idea and the music I’m playing with it–who says Macklemore isn’t mindful yoga music?
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
Mandala yoga sequences flow in a circle, building a moving moving meditation in the tradition of mandala art. Like a meditator focuses on the concentric circles and layers of a mandala with the purpose of finding meaning at its centre, we move through the layers (breath, body, mind) and poses of a class. Like the monks that make sand mandalas, the practice is mindful. And in the end, after spinning 360 degree, the hope is that this meditative journey brought you closer to the centre.