Breathe: Meditative Mandalas At Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor


“Mandala” — from the Sanskrit word that means, “circle,” and, by extension, “world” — is a symbol often used in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

And by visualizing the world created in the mandala, with all its color and detail, it becomes not only a powerful symbol, but also a finely tuned meditation exercise.

On Sunday afternoon, Peggy Leder will help her students reach that level of practice by hosting a mandala workshop at 2 p.m. at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, open to all.

“Creating a mandala can be seen as hypnotic, relaxing, letting the creative part of the mind run free while the analytical mind takes a nap,” the studio website explains. “That said, this meditative practice can lead to gaining self-knowledge.”

During the creative workshop, each student will create a mandala in either watercolor or colored pencil — though no artistic talent is required, the instructor emphasizes.

“Peggy Leder is a registered clinical art therapist and art teacher, holding her master’s degree from CW Post, LI University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont,” the website said. “She is also a yoga teacher at Yoga Shanti. She has her private practice and has been teaching art to adults and children for over 20 years.”

Admission is $40 and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-725-6424 or visit