Theme 1: Chakras
The first concept I wanted to create chakra energy that is pouring out of the body. I wanted to layer the seven chakras in the back of the head of the yoga silhouette.
Theme 2: Watercolor Rainbow
The second concept I wanted to create a zen rainbow enso circle. Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void).
Theme 3: Tree of Life
The third concept I wanted to create yoga poses coming out of trees and use the seven chakra color way. The Tree of Life is a universal symbol found in many spiritual traditions. It stands for many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. This image is symbolic of the Creator as it sustains creation with its abundant fruit, protection and regeneration. It also represents humans as we too develop roots, strengthen our trunk and branch out to a wider vision of life as we grow. It provides provide shelter. Tall and strong, it has deep roots. It reaches skyward. It loses its leaves and grows new ones, bears fruit, and gives shelter. With nurture and care, it lives for generations.
Theme 4: Mosaic Yoga
The fourth concept I wanted to create yoga poses in a mosaic sense. I wanted to use the seven chakra color way within the circles of the poses. Also, I wanted to create a kaleidoscope of yoga poses.
Theme 5: Lotus Prayer Hands
The fifth concept I wanted to create a yoga pose coming out of prayer hands and hands that are opening. Also, I wanted to create a lotus flower coming out of the hands.
Anjali Mudra (pronounced UHN-juh-lee muhd-RAAH) is a gesture that is a part of almost all yoga classes. It may be used at the beginning or end of class as well and hearing sun salutations. Anjali mudra is also referred to as prayer hands. The palms of the hands are brought together in front of the heart.
In Sanskrit, mudra means sign or seal. It refers to sacred hand gestures and body positions that bring about a certain inner state and have symbolic meaning. Anjali comes from “anj” in Sanskrit and means “to honor or celebrate”. When the hands and fingers are placed in a particular pattern, the energy within the body can be redirected and changed. Mudras are often used during meditation and in the East, mudras have long been used medicinally. Anjali mudra opens the heart, calms and balances the mind and reduces anxiety.
By bringing our hands together at our heart center we are connecting to both the right and left sides of the brain. This is symbolic of uniting both our masculine and feminine energies. It is said that the right hand represents our divine self and the left hand represents our worldly nature. The hand gesture of Anjali Mudra is often accompanied by the greeting Namaste which means “The light in me bows to the light in you.” We use Anjali mudra to communicate our heartfelt energy. It is a humbling gesture offered to family, friends, students and strangers. Yogis view the spiritual or energetic heart as a lotus flower in the center of the chest. Anjali Mudra acknowledges the energetic heart and directs it to open to the light. Practicing Anjali mudra is an excellent way to induce a meditative state.