We have already witnessed the increasing trend of Mandalas over the internet. Mandalas are slowly crawling into our lives in various forms and why should they not? Afterall Mandalas are basically all about an individual’s harmony with his inner conflicts and outer circumstances. The Mandalas are congregating so much of love all around is because of the fact that they reveal an individual’s moods, highs, lows, state of mind and most importantly, his perception.
Before getting to know Mandala Meditation and Yoga Mandala and their impacts on our lives, allow us to throw some light on what Mandalas actually are! The significance of Yoga, Meditation and Chakra Mandalas cannot be understood before plunging deep into the Mandala meaning and its significance!
As we have already discussed earlier, the literal meaning of the word Mandala is “circle” which is derived from the Sanskrit roots. It symbolizes absolute wholeness and completeness which can be implied as the contentment and sense of satisfaction in an individual’s daily life!
Mandalas encompass the natural and celestial objects around us like the moon, the sun, the earth, snowflakes, dew drops, etc. depicting the Nature as an epitome of wholeness.
Talking in general terms, any circular form or figure with a central point emitting an array of patterns, shapes, figures or geometrical shapes, are called Mandalas.
The absurd connection of Mandala with your Mind and Body!
- and your thinking self.
- Your peace is the perfect harmony of these three selves.
- Your physical self is united with your emotional self and your emotional self is the result of the hormones and chemicals released in your body.
- Your thinking self-controls both your body and your emotions.
So you get the dire need of harmony amongst the three?
Meditation and Yoga are the best ways to harmonize your three selves and when Mandalas are very much in vogue, what can be the better way other than to incorporating Mandalas in your Yoga and Meditation?
You must be pondering on how can a Mandala be used for meditation? Well, let us uncomplicated the whole explanation and put it into simpler words.
When you have hit your lowest or feeling depressed and sad or feeling extremely lonely, what do you usually do? You try to dig the photographs of your dear ones and gaze upon them. It tends to comfort you and relives your pain. The question is how can a mere look take away your discomforts?
- Well, it is the imagery that propels its power and comes into play.
- Imagery is a type of meditation that heals, restores, and enlightens your body.
- When we rest our look on Mandalas, our mind becomes as calm and quiet as still waters.
- The positivity around us is absorbed and the concentration while gazing at the intricate patterns of the visually appealing Chakra Mandalas helps us transform ourselves from within.
How to Meditate with Mandalas?
- Concentration is the key to meditation.
- Before fixing your gaze and absorbing the energy of Mandalas, you need to look for a quiet and clean place to sit, away from any sort of noise or distraction.
- Choose a properly lighted room to make you bright and happy.
- Choose a comfortable position to sit and place mandala at your eye level.
- Select a visually aesthetic and colorful Mandala to concentrate upon.
- Gradually start focusing on the central point of the mandala. You may go out of focus initially and things around may appear hazy. Don’t lose your concentration and don’t break your gaze.
- Allow the shapes, colors, and patterns of the mandala to work magic on your subconscious mind. Let it take away all the negative vibes around you.
- Initially starting with 5 minutes, try to up your concentration game to at least 15 minutes with each session.
- After feeling relieved, you may bring your focus back to the world.
Now that Mandalas have been in trend, various mood mandalas, peace mandalas, Sri yantra mandalas, healing mandalas, etc. are readily available to put into practice. Mandala healing centers are gaining importance and recognition all around. You can easily take advantages of group meditations through these mandala centers.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that heals, relieves pain, and aids your physical and mental well-being. Originated in India, yoga has made its way to the western culture and widely accepted there. Mandalas and Yoga, two powerful forms of healing and self-realization, when combined together can work wonders on an individual’s mind, body and soul! With this intention, the wholeness of Mandalas is incorporated in the forms of yoga to add to the upliftment of an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Mandala yoga is all about postures and sequences that imitate the wholeness of a Mandala. You make a complete circle of 360 degrees around your mandala yoga mat by fixing a part of your body at a single imaginary focal point, generally, the hip bone being the focal point, and taking up the different postures with the rest of your body moving in four equal quadrants. This can be well explained:
- Take the posture of yoga and slowly complete the sequence of posture from right to left to end up at the back of your mat.
- Repeat the posture and sequence from right to left again to end up in the front of your mat.
- Repeat the same sequence from left to right this time.
- You will complete the sequence of yoga postures in the form of mandala completing 360 degrees.
- Repeat the same sequence 1 to 3 times.
- Follow a cool down sequence and relax your body on a mandala yoga mat.
Benefits of Mandala Yoga and Meditation!
- In the fast-paced world, we often forget to look after our physical and mental health.
- Mandala yoga and meditation help us to restore and uplift our physical, mental and spiritual selves by incorporating a sense of peace and harmony and make us one with our inner selves.
- Yoga and meditation are being used as the form of art therapy, prayer and spiritual healing since ages now and is not going to lose its importance anytime soon!