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Yoga Mat Painting

Hand Painted Yoga Mat

'Painted Prayers' on your Yoga Mats:

Radha infuses Sacredness, using ancient ritual Mandalam patterns, a combination of Mandala's and 'kolam' from South of India on your yoga mats. A kolam is a painted prayer - with circles, a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes. These ‘painted prayers’ have been passed down from mother to daughter for over two thousand years. The symbols she uses comes from her lifetime of experiences growing up in India, listening to the stories of her Ancestors, the culture, and its Sacred traditions.

Radha has combined these traditional ritual patterns and symbols in her art throughout her career as a professional artist.  She has been painting on yoga mats for many years and offers this mindful work to yoga and meditation practitioners as a way to extend their sacred space on the ground they practice.

Designs on yoga mats are not new, and many commercial offerings are available.  What is unique about Radha's approach is cultivating a relationship with the individual for whom she is creating.  Each symbol placed on the mat is an interpretation of the individual's sacredness, their practice, and point of view, as a montage of kolams & symbols. Each mat is a work of Fine Art.  The symbols she uses comes from a lifetime of experiences growing up in India, listening to the stories of her ancestors, the culture, and its sacred traditions. Radha is a professional artist with printmaking expertise, and these are feel good commissions of artwork filled with meaning that will ground your mindfulness in whatever yoga practice you choose.

Your daily practice in this Sacred Space can be infused with ancient ritual patterns and symbols as painted prayers.

Radha Lakshmi
Fine Artist

Radha Lakshmi is an interdisciplinary artist whose contemporary works of art emerges from the 'Feminine and Earth' and women's ritual arts from South of India. Radha is educated at University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a MFA, BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati, USA.

Her span of experience and content reaches from the Folklore traditions of Southern India to the Indigenous Art of Northern Territory of Australia and to traditional and contemporary printmaking. She has been a visiting Scholar at RISD, Darwin University, Australia and College of Fine Arts in Sydney Australia. She has won a number of awards for her art and her works has been collected in Museums and Galleries nationally and internationally. She currently lives in Cincinnati and teaches 'Creating Sacred Spaces' workshops through art and meditation for children and adults.

FAQ on Painted Yoga Mats

  1. How to order?

    You can order online on utsavastu.com or call me on 513-807-6604

  2. How are they priced?

    I charge by the level of effort on two tiers. Simmple & Elaborate. You can pick the level of detail on the product page before you put it into the cart.

  3. What kinds of Yoga Mat are used?

    Your mat, new mat, mats as gifts. The yoga mat that works is Manduka pro mat. I have experimented on man other mats, but I have not been able to get the paint to stick on because the surface is very rough or the Yoga mat is too thin.

  4. How long does it take to paint on a yoga mat?

    A week to 10 days. It depends on the design and colors chosen. If it was only two colors, it takes three days. If it is the colors of the Chakra, a whole week. It takes a day for each color/layer to dry.

  5. What kind of paints do I use on the mats?

    Non-toxic textiles paint. I am a print maker by training. I spent a few years researching what works best.

  6. How long have I been painting on yoga mats?

    I started Painting on mats in 2003

  7. Does it work with Hot Yoga style?

    No, it does not work on Hot Yoga style. The temperature and sweat accelerate the wear on the painted surface. I recommend a custom printed design on a yoga towel to create the perfect sacred space. You can buy these towels on Manduka online.

  8. Can I incorporate your symbols?

    No, I don't. The symbols I use is unique from our culture that represents nature.

  9. How do I ship my mat to you?

    You can ship to us through UPS, Fedex, US Postal. We do offer shipping boxes. If you make the purchase online we will send you a pre-addressed shipping carton to send us your mat to be gloriously painted.

  10. How long does the paint last on the mat?

    For several years. But with use you will have certain areas beginning to fade.

  11. How do I clean my painted yoga mat?

    With diluted dish soap in a spray bottle and soft sponge or cloth. We recommend a mild soap. Do not use oils, solvents (such as alcohol based cleaners) or harsh abrasives. The yoga mat should then be hung or laid flat to dry.

  12. How much does it cost if I give you a mat to paint?

    You can order online on at Manduka or buy here and I will purchase it and ship it to my studio for creative design and painting. Once complete I will return it to you.

  13. How much will it cost if I have a yoga studio?

    If you own a yoga studio or teach a class, you can call Manduka, and they will give you a tremendous discount. Once painted you cannot return the mat to Manduka.

  14. Do you offer discounts?

    Each mat is a labor of love. There is a lot of time in it. I Would consider volume discounts if you had 3 or more custom mat paintings.

Past Work on Yoga Mats

  1. Mat Example 1

  2. Mat Example 2