Finding your FLXBL colour with the five elements of Ayurveda
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” - Wassily Kandinsky
The FLXBL mat is a versatile mat that gives you softness for your yin practice, grip for your vigorous ashtanga vinyasa class or clarity for your meditation. But which colour suits your soul?
According to Ayurvedic teachings, there are energies of the five basic elements present in ourselves and the world around us: earth, water, fire, air, and space. These five elements represent different colors, that have different psychological effects on our body and mind. In yoga traditions, there are seven subtle elements located along the spine, that make up the body: chakras. These are also connected to color and are each responsible for regulating our physical health and emotional experience.
Understanding the functions of these energy points, together with the basic elements and their symbolic effects, can help you to connect with yourself and the world around you. Which element resonates with your personality and which colour creates a balanced environment for you to be attune with your body, mind and breath?
TheVery Berry mat fits the earth element. The bright red radiates warmth and happiness. The colour red is the colour of passion, strength, courage, willpower, vibrance and determination. The earth element is associated with the first chakra, Muladhara, or root chakra, and is located at the base of your spine. This element is associated with grounding, security and stability. Choosing for Very Berry can bring you strength, resilience and an opportunity for transformation.
The Deep Petrolmat suits the water element. When the water element is balanced, you connect easily to others, feel calm and fluid. The color blue is associated with the fifth chakra, Vishuddha, or throat chakra, and is located in your throat. The colour of blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body, both calming and serene. By choosing Deep Petrol, you express yourself freely, adjust well to change, are confident and authentic.
TheBalancing Green mat represents the air element. The air element is associated with the fourth chakra, Anahata,or heart chakra, and is located at your sternum.This energy is associated with the color green. Green stands for positivity, balance, nature, freedom, and rebirth. it is the symbol of freshness and progress, because it gives us renewed energy and a sense of stability. When choosing for Balancing Green, you listen to your heart, are compassionate, positive and motivated.
TheTrue Lavendermat is associated with the element of ether. The ether element has qualities of space, spirituality and consciousness and is expansive. The colour of purple is connected to the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, or crown chakra, and represents wisdom, devotion, intelligence and sensitivity. When True Lavender is the colour that suits you, you are connected to your intuitive knowledge, aware of your spiritual self and the truth that lies in the stillness between your thoughts.
The Uplifting Orangemat is related to the element of fire. Orange is naturally optimistic and uplifting, boosting creativity. It also represents joy, prosperity and passion. The color orange is associated with the second chakra, Svadhisthana, or Sacral chakra, and is located about three inches below the navel. Energetically it rules enthusiasm, sensuality, emotions and joy. Choosing Uplifting Orange means you want to blossom to your live your full creative potential.
Are you still not sure which colour suits you and your practice? Choosing different colours on different days, in accordance of what you need that day, is of course always a wonderful way of not having to choose between these lovely shades.