What is a Yoga Mandala?

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.

Example sequence:

Downward dog to front

Warrior II to front

Extended side-angle

Star pose

Warrior II to back

Peaceful/Reverse Warrior

Chaturanga to back 

Downward dog to back

[repeat on Right side to come back to the front of the mat. Then, do the left side twice to do another complete 360 around the mat]

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 poses and layers (breath, body and mind) of a class. Like the monks that make sand mandalas, the practice is mindful. In the end, after spinning 360 degree, the hope is that this meditative journey brought you closer to the center.

Try this Mandala Meditation via Creativity for the Soul.

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