The Beautiful & Mysterious Mandala

The Beautiful & Mysterious Mandala

Graceful, yet structured, and intricate in design, the beautiful and mysterious mandala has become a creative obsession of mine. In designing a mandala, I have found there are seemingly contrasting forces that are actually interconnected and complementary – a kind of yin-yang of creativity that I love. There are no rules, or standard patterns one must follow, giving you the freedom to be creative, and yet one must be able to achieve symmetry.

I’ve been looking for this artistic harmony everywhere. I’ve found the manifestation of mandalas in nature: in the nesting rings of a tree trunk, the sectioned slice of an orange, and the unique architecture of a snowflake. Although nature is the true master of this art form, it is important to understand the broader meaning of mandalas, for they are far more than just an attractive geometric design.

How a Small, Unexpected Moment Inspired a Big Idea

How a Small, Unexpected Moment Inspired a Big Idea

Sometimes in life the most unexpected moment, the smallest gesture, can give birth to something big. It was one such exchange on a yoga mat that inspired the creation of our tiny LeafLet Notes.

As a teacher and student of yoga for over 16 years, I am forever honored to witness and experience the amazing transformations that can happen during the practice of yoga. For those of us who have opened ourselves up to the practice, our yoga mats have become a safe and sacred space where we can take off our masks, drop our defenses, and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. This act of letting go, although challenging at times, can change our perspective and bring clarity to our lives. 

Walk a Creative Path in 2017

Walk a Creative Path in 2017

A clean slate, a fresh start, and the optimistic resolve—yes, the New Year is here. But for all our good intentions, like many, we never quite seem to keep those resolutions. So, this year we’re trying something new. Instead of establishing a list of goals and struggling our way through to reach them, we've decided to think in terms of possibilities. To that end, we’ve composed not a list of goals, but a selection of creative tools and strategies. They are the steppingstones, not the destination, to new mindsets and a creative life full of possibilities.

Sha's Journey Behind the Making of the Chakra Journals - Part 1

Sha's Journey Behind the Making of the Chakra Journals - Part 1

Like any journey one takes in life, the path is riddled with highs and lows, challenges and triumphs. These opposing forces can really put you in a tailspin if you let them. But if you allow yourself to slow down long enough to read the signs, you might just learn something new about yourself along the way.
 
The first sign I saw along my journey came in the form of a creative pause. As a designer and artist, being in a state of “nothingness” does not sit well with me. While my creativity has to be on point every day, there’s no room for down time. But little did I know how much this creative pause would end up shaping the path I was on.

Kathy's Journey Behind the Making of the Chakra Journals - Part 2

Kathy's Journey Behind the Making of the Chakra Journals - Part 2

I’ll begin my story with how Shá and I met, since she is the reason I was given this opportunity to collaborate on the Chakra Journals and spread my fragile wings and take flight.

I met Shá about 12 years ago when she started attending my yoga classes. As a student, she was, and continues to be, focused and impeccably precise, dedicated and loyal to this amazing philosophy of life we call yoga. Shá soon attended teacher training, and like I, fell even deeper for the mystery of the yoga practice. We have been connected in friendship ever since. Bonded by this powerful pull of our energies, channeled ever more deeply into the soul and essence of yoga.