This past Saturday, I taught a Chakra Mandala Workshop in Brooklyn at a very beautiful space called The Ark. The workshop was part of a series hosted by AJ Block and The Sacred Research Foundation in Greenpoint. Students got to pick a chakra that they wanted to work on. Sometimes hard to pick, but a good choice is an area that might be giving you some trouble or you feel blocked. I was happy to see 3 of the 9 people work on the 1st Chakra. The 1st Chakra has to do with issues of security and stability, it's the beginning and without a solid foundation, it can be challenging to progress in life. Students created mandalas that included the petals and the symbolism for the element. For example in the 1st Chakra there are 4 bright red petals and the earth element is represented by a yellow square. Mandalas were created by using the Vedic Square, an ancient number grid. According to the Chakra Book by my teacher, Harish Johari, chakras have ruling planets. The first chakra is ruled by the planet Mars, which is connected to the #9. Here's a brief overview: 2nd chakra= Mercury, #5, 3rd chakra=Sun, #1, 4th chakra=Venus, #6, 5th chakra=Jupiter, #3, 6th chakra=Saturn, #8 and 7th chakra=Ketu, #7.
I love to see all the work emerging and I find it so interesting to see the same chakra come out in so many different ways. The patterns never come out the same way twice.
Here are some examples from the workshop:
Mavis Gewant, Sacred Artist & Doula reflects on life