Mandala Mission

The Mandala Mission


The Mandala Mission

The mandala symbolizes the universe and asks us to receive all the gifts and lessons of life, to notice our resistance to what shows up in our sphere of awareness and stay open to all experiences to eventually become grounded in who we are and what each of us is in service of.

The Mandala Mission is to design, develop and drive outside-the-box, evidence-based, integrative and collaborative experiences that empower practitioners and educators of consciousness to work with their ‘resistances’ through yoga to up-level and diversify their practice, teaching and engagement in all aspects of their life and in the world. 

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Why Am I Here?

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Today, ‘enlightenment’ is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 10% of the American population practicing yoga and other mindful practices, and millions more poised to jump on the bandwagon. The meteoric interest in ‘consciousness’ combined with our culture of capitalism risks diluting all that self-awareness has to offer by packaging and selling something akin to ‘spiritual materialism’, the glow of perpetual positivity, prowess and publicity in a very noisy and congested marketplace. So whatever mindful practice you ‘buy’ into, you are required now to be a far more discerning consumer. There are many wonderful guides and exceptional programs, and many more that purport to offer you a solution to all the problems that come with being human. You cannot buy personal freedom however, and there is no sure-fire way to bypass the conscious commitment required of you in practice to know and experience yourself more deeply and take that self-awareness into your personal and professional relationships and into the practice of conscious capitalism.
We venture the perspective that when any physical system fails to thrive–whether it be a biological system or a political system–it falters because it is out of alignment with its most foundational elements. When we are caught up in bubbles of outdated paradigms and principles, and exist in separation from one another rather than in connection, our energy is dispersed rather than directed towards the focal point of dharma. For each of us, the path of self-mastery is constantly evolving and has an intelligence of its own that guides us in the direction of our own well-being and purposefulness.
To get the most out of any investment you make in your own well-being and self-evolution, you must understand what it is YOU want from your life, for your business, in your industry, and what benefits you believe you will derive from said investments. Relax your attachment to the prototypical paradigms around which many of your thoughts, your feelings, your behaviors, your relationships revolve and bring yourself back into integrity with yourself and with what matters most to you.
Our trainings and ventures teach you to trust your process through direct experience AND become single-pointedly intentional in how YOU wish to extend yourself and your vision, your creativity, your personal gift, your work, as action in the world. As you journey into alignment with yourself, and your personal relationships and your business practices reflect this, you will discover what it is to prosper in health, wealth and happiness in all areas of life.

Namastē

Nicole & The Mandala Community

Why Yoga?

  1. CURIOSITY. What’s all the hype about yoga anyway? You may believe it is about gaining flexibility, getting stronger, managing stress, enhancing health, living a happier more holistic life…This is all true, but these are the side-effects of bringing your attention to your breath, your mind into synergy with your body, your consciousness to your thoughts, speech and way of being in the world. Your curiosity about yoga opens the door to healing on all levels—soul, heart, and the physical body all of which express the ways in which we are out of sync with ourselves. In this way, you begin to rediscover that most authentic resonance and expression of you within yourself, that which may have been forgotten or discarded in the midst of the stuff of life. You are not beholden to any particular stylistic approach to this practice. Decide what your personal and financial investment point will be and run with it.  This is your commitment to yourself. Feel the power in that.
  2. EXPERIENCEYou keep hearing how transformative yoga is. The split second this thought permeates your consciousness (which means right NOW if you are reading this!), is the time to dive in – do not think! The mind gets in the way of the heart. If yoga keeps coming up in your sphere of awareness, NOW is the time to experience in yoga what it is you are meant to experience. You do not want to look back with regret at something you should have tried but didn’t because the time wasn’t right, the money wasn’t there, the fear got in the way, life was too ‘busy’. NEWS FLASH: The time is never right; the money IS there; fear is a contraption of the mind to keep you limited in your life; and life is only ‘busy’ if you choose that to be how you define it for yourself. I’ve been there, and excuses are a dime a dozen and stop you from getting the work done. Yoga empowers you to act and manifest.
  3. RITUAL. Yoga is more than mere routine. It’s about establishing new habits to replace the ones that no longer serve you. And carving out new ways of doing things requires ritual, because this is what brings meaning to your life and shifts the belief systems underlying negative patterning. First you have to see the suffering, the substance of that which gets in your way and shortchanges you on the merriment and joys of life: Notice the injury, the trauma, the tragedy, the strife that has limited your experience of yourself.  Now acknowledge it, say it out loud, feel it: Yoga allows you to touch the hurt, gently, with friendliness and curiosity and, with time, to transform its rough, fearsome edges into something steady and known. Just as painful habits take time to unravel, it takes time to rewire the brain to a new way of perceiving and thinking about things…In this way, yoga works from the inside out to change behaviors and physical reactivity.
  4. RELAXContraction is how your body protects you from all the hurt you have suffered, the negative energy around you, and the stuff of life you don’t see coming. Yoga has a way of showing you how much tension your body holds and where it holds it. So first, you learn to soften the tightness in your body, the bonds of muscular tension and myofascial rigidity. This begins the process of freeing up communication between your body, cells and tissues and the brain, also known as the somatic nervous system. Engaging your consciousness in the process of shifting physical tension engages the motherboard of the brain, the central nervous system, and you become aware of the mental strain, the emotional resistances, and the anxiousness that comes from the content of your thoughts. Then, you begin to relax your thoughts, you lean into the sensitivities of your heart, you feel into the points of tension in your body. Yoga will teach you to shift your dynamic from thinking to feeling, from over-rationalization to inspiration and creativity, from ‘doing’ to ‘being’, from the stress response (flight, flight, freeze) to the relaxation response (letting go). This is what it means to relax. And in this place of relaxation the body heals itself.
  5. SPACE. “I’m too busy.” “Life is crazy right now.” “There are too many distractions, there is not enough time, and way too much to do…” We choose this by continuing to think it and by saying it out loud, repetitively and continuously. Yoga teaches you to shift your attention breath by breath, movement by movement, thought by thought. All it takes is one, single, conscious breath to shift the dynamic away from reactivity to pause. In that one breath, you create the space to not react, to notice your inner dialogue. Over time, you begin to see your thoughts and experience situations with more clarity and less reactivity. How much do you want that for yourself, in your life?
  6. HAPPINESS. Make everything you think, say and do matter. The key to contentment and peace is to invest time and energy in getting to know yourself on all levels, the same way you invest in the stock market, or raising your children. Why would we not invest the same level of care, resources, energy and time in ourselves, knowing that this is the path to our own salvation? Delve into this time-seasoned practice to re-discover the wisdom within you that serves as your guide in this one wild and precious life.
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