Sankalpa Week: Krishna, Chakra, Lotus and Svasti Symbols

Krishna Chakra Svasti Henna Palm Design by Mehndi NYC
Krishna Chakra Svasti Henna Palm Design by Mehndi NYC

We’ve reached the end of my week about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them! This is a shot of my palm with Sri Krishna’s profile–my attempt to mimic my teacher Harin Dalal’s style–in a circular sun/chakra design with svasti symbols in the background. The chakra here is depicted here as illuminative and protective; the lotus symbolizes growth (from mud to water’s surface) and the svasti symbols represent/convey blessings, auspiciousness, peace and well-being.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Dots, Repetition and Leaves

Henna Bijani Dots Vines and Weave by Mehndi NYC
Henna Bijani Dots Vines and Weave by Mehndi NYC

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of a hand design done for a traveling bridesmaid encountering a professional opportunity. The fingers includes lots of seeds (growth) and the repetitive pattern symbolizes continuity and growth. The leaves/vines here are also placed to convey growth and thriving.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Dots and Circlular Symbols

Ciruclar Henna Bija Bijani Design
Henna Seeds Bija Bijani and Circles Design by Mehndi NYC

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of a simple hand design incorporating vines/creepers circles and bijani (seeds). The dots/seeds have been associated with fertility, but also with new life and growth. The circles are sometimes associated with the sun and in this case, I used them–along with leaves–to convey warmth, nourishment and growth.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Henna Wheel, Fish, Weave and Creeper Symbols

Mehndi NYC Bridal Henna Services

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of designs I did for a beautiful bharatanatyam dancer/yoga teacher incorporating a chakra (wheel) design, fish, vines and a weave on the palms. The chakra is a protective symbol, signifying the victory of light over darkness. Again, fish are auspicious, representing beauty, femininity and abundance. The vines represent growth and the weave is auspicious, in my intention, because of association with woven mats used for yogic rituals and other sacred activities.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Henna Sun and Parrot Symbols

Girl With Parrot Sun Henna Designs by Mehndi NYC
Girl With Parrot Sun Henna Designs by Mehndi NYC

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of a simple sun design on the hands and a parrot on the feet I did for a child. Suns symbolize many things. For this design, I focused on warmth, nourishment and growth as spring approached. Parrots symbolize love and in  scriptural depictions, serve as messengers between the divine couple Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Henna Fish Symbols

Henna Fish Mehndi Design on Palms
Henna Fish Mehndi Design on Palms

 

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and the sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of a quick palm design I did incorporating fish, which in India are known to represent beauty, femininity, fertility, abundance and auspiciousness. Fish also represent protection and divine guidance — A favorite story describes Matsya, a divine fish who guides and protects a great leader through a devastating flood. The dots, bijas, and seeds represent growth and flourishing.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sankalpa Week: Henna Heart, Vine and Weave Symbols

Heart shaped natural henna design by M. Buhler-Rose of Mehndi NYC.
Heart shaped natural henna design by M. Buhler-Rose of Mehndi NYC.

Each day this week, I’ll be posting about a few symbols I incorporated into henna designs and my sankalpa (intention/purpose) behind them. This is a shot of a bridal design I did for a devout young bride. The vines on this bride’s palms and fingers represent the growing love and devotion in her heart, paired with a weave that I intended to represent sanctity and auspiciousness–yogic practitioners have used woven mats before engaging in ritual and other auspicious activities.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment