SUMMER SOLSTICE ~ YOGA MANDALA ~ CELEBRATION Saturday, August 11th, 2-5PM

Join in this celebration of summer and all its creative potential

to explore the artistry of your body, mind and spirit.

The energy of the summer Solstice brings our planet’s creativity to its annual apex. With summer, the yearly cycle of death and rebirth comes full circle in extended daylight hours and the heightened warmth of the sun. Used to honor this energetic ripening, Solstice celebrations in a diversity of forms have occurred worldwide across time and space. Globally, many traditions use the Mandala and its circular energy to align with the creative power of the Solstice.

The Mandala (Sanskrit circle) is a world-wide symbol for the cycle of life, for healing and for creativity. Applied in the religious traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Kabbalah, the Mayas and Huichols Indians, and First Nations, such as the Hopi, the Mandala, in its varied cultural forms is ultimately a vehicle for meditation, a tool for vision questing, and a universal representation of the cosmos. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self.”

 

This workshop will align participants with the power of the sacred Mandala ~ in yoga asana and in artistic expression ~ and will harness the healing, creative and visionary dynamics of this ancient sacred symbol.

 

Activities include a discussion of Mandala traditions worldwide; a brief exploration of the various cultural expressions and uses of the Mandala; a yoga asana focused on Mandala inspired asana accompanied by music; a creative arts project to produce one’s own personal sacred Mandala.
Please bring a towel, musical instruments, yoga mat, and journal.

Art supplies provided. $40 before event / $45 day of event

Workshop is lead by yogini and art historian, Gianna Carotenuto, Ph.D, senior Forrest teacher and member of Kula Movement.

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