Our Yoga Loft mandala began in 2004, with some inspiration from images I found in The Mandala Coloring Book, a book of copyright free designs. From them I created my own design (which may not be used without permission, by the way.) I wanted to incorporate symbolism that was personal to me yet universal in meaning.
The heart shapes in blue and orange reflect each other in complementary colors. The orange heart might not be immediately picked up by the eye because of the rosebuds drawn in the overlapping spaces where the hearts intersect.
The heart symbolism is important to me because I believe the greatest need for healing in our society is a healing of the heart. Some of the most prevalent diseases we suffer are heart disease, lung cancer and breast cancer, which both stem from disrupted energy in the heart chakra, Anahata. Each yoga practice can help us to open our hearts.
The sixteen points refer to the 16 petaled lotus that is traditionally used as a symbol of the throat chakra, Vishuddha. This chakra thrives on words that express Cosmic Truth. Our yoga practice helps us to be mindful of always expressing our truth.
All colors of the spectrum are included.
The sunburst at the center and the flames in the tips of the hearts symbolise the fire element which is the catalyst for all transformations.
The diamond shapes between the hearts remind me of the saying in yoga that our divine nature is like a diamond covered in dust. It is our job to clean off the dust that conceals its beauty, our inner truth.
The rosebuds represent my love of flowers and my previous work as a floral designer. The buds contain a spiral which is a ubiquitous pattern in the universe. Where the blue hearts overlap are the green leaves of the rosebuds representing the plant life that harmonizes with animal life on Earth. The red dot at the center of each blue heart is like a drop of blood that refers to our animal nature as human beings.
The Sanskrit symbol ૐ is the word "OM", said to be the universal sound that vibrates within all things in the Cosmos.