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Doodle and Dhyana (focus): Using Yantra to Meditate

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Saturday 04/01/2023 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$48.00 Doodle and Dhyana (focus): Using Yantra to Meditate

Ever find yourself doodling in a meeting, or drawing to focus the mind? Then this workshop is for you! Along with asana, mantra, and mudra, yantras have long been used in yogic traditions as a tool to aid meditation. Traditional yantras are symmetrical geometrical representations. Focusing on yantras and geometrical symbols to meditate is an ancient practice. Representations of the yantra in the Indian subcontinent pre-date the extensive use of written language. The Baghor stone representing a yellow pigmented yantra dates back to 9000 B.C and 8000 B.C. Yantras can be associated with particular deities, abstract concepts, or mantras. Yantras are used for specific benefits, such as: for meditation; protection from harmful influences; development of particular attributes; attraction of health or success, etc. In this workshop, participants will choose a symbol that resonates with them and practice drawing it as a meditative practice. Each participant will have the opportunity to choose from a library of yogic symbols, or symbols of their choosing. Once we create a yantra drawing, we will use the symbol to focus the mind and meditate. This introduction to a yantra practice is a wonderful way to cultivate dhyana (focus) and dharana (flow) in our meditations. Ideal for those of us who are fidgety and need to occupy the hands to focus the mind, visual learners, or just the curious. Students are invited to bring their favorite art supplies, pencil and paper to the workshop.

Manju Sadarangani

Manju's yoga practice is grounded in a desire for equity, justice, emotional and mental well-being. She brings her spirit of play, body positivity and radical self-love to her Kundalini & Nidra classes. 

Born in India to a yoga teacher mother, Manju is committed to authenticity in the studio. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, she connects deeply with the feminist, spiritual and historical foundations of yoga to counter problematic cultural appropriation. She relishes creating a safe space for all using breathe, color, naad, and mantras in her classes.

Manju invites you to consider yoga as a tool to recharge, resist and rebel.

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