The Yoga Hike℠ Logo.
We have gotten so many compliments on our Yoga Hike℠ logo and I thought I would take a moment and explain the meaning behind it’s design.
To begin with, the logo is a Mandala. The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Simply looking at a symbol, like a Mandala, has an impact on the viewer’s psychology and well-being.
Mandalas can be found in every religion and culture. Westerners may be familiar with Christian uses of Mandalas in satined-glass imagery.
Next, the primary color of the Mandala is green. Green imagery connects us to our hearts and to nature. In the Chakra system, the Heart-Chakra (Anahata) is green.
As we go deeper into the Yoga Hike logo we see a tree. Many of you have heard the term, “Knock on wood.” This comes from an ancient belief that the trees reached to Heaven and that knocking on a tree would get the gods’ attention for favor. In the Old Testament of the Bible man is separated from God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Man is then reunified with God in the New Testament with Jesus being nailed to the wooden cross. The Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment by sitting still under a Bodhi Tree for 49 days. These stories also have and impact on the way that we relate to the Mystery of the Divine or higher-brain functioning. And, the tree is a great representation of nature and life. Every breath we receive comes from the tree.
Sitting at the base of the tree is the image of someone in the Lotus Posture (asana) with the Anjali Mudra (prayer posture). The Anjali Mudra is a gesture of reverence. This has particular meaning for me. Once, while hiking in Yosemite, I was sitting on a rock outcropping at Glacier Point, in awe of the magnificent beauty. I rolled my arms out and overhead, as if to grab on the all of the beauty. The moment my hands came together, overhead, I was overwhelmed with a very deep sense of Oneness with all that I was seeing and the unseen Mystery. I began deeply sobbing with deep gratitude as I then brought my hands to my heart. In that moment, Yoga Hike was born. I was reconnected to my personal destiny and purpose. I knew then, as I know now, that Yoga Hike was to be my next gift to the world. I was back…on the trail. I have since dedicated all of my time, education, talents and resources to making that kind of event available to as many people as possible.
Finally, the person in the logo is purple. Purple is often used symbolically as a representation of unity with the Mystery of the Divine. I also chose it to honor one of my teachers, Bill Riedler. He gave me the courage and taught me how to become a teacher on love and Oneness. He believed if a critical mass of understanding was reached amongst humans, that we would begin to make our decisions from the knowledge of our Oneness rather than the loneliness of separateness. His company color was purple and graduates of his programs received purple t-shirts. My practice is to continue the work which he inspired and gave me the courage to pursue.
So there you have it.
I hope this explanation is both entertaining and inspiring. And, I hope that Yoga Hike℠ continues to be a source of revitalization that keeps you filled with all of the love, support, and community that is available, for your personal destiny…on the trail.