The science behind Mandalive®

Stress relief


Researchers have found that mandalas provide relaxation, calm, self-control, and satisfaction. [1]

Work with mandalas reduces stress and strengthens the ability to withstand stressful situations when they arise. [2]



Scientists believe that working with mandalas provides training, repetition, control, and coordination that activate brain structures of attention and focus. [3]

Mandalas improve the ability to reduce impulsive behavior and contribute to better decision-making and task completion. [4]

Feeling safe


Mandalas provide the means to understand and release negative emotions, while expressing inner feelings, thoughts, and attitudes. [5]

Creative expression using mandalas allows for a safe, comfortable, and natural way to process and understand the external world. [6]

Full potential & creativity


Mandala work increases self-awareness and well-being. [7]

Mandalas provide guidance and a means to achieve the desired state of mind that leads to growth and development of inner potential and self-actualization. [8]

Social life & relationships


Mandala coloring lowers blood pressure and helps us resolve interpersonal conflicts. [9]

Mandala work helps us process the symptoms of trauma. [10]

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1. Fincher, S. F., (2009), The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide for Self-Exploration, Balance, and Well-Being. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

2. Carr, R., Hass-Cohen N., (2008), Art Therapy and Clinical Neuroscience. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

3. Ibid.

4. Malchiodi, C. A., (1999), Medical Art Therapy with Children. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

5. Ibid.

6. Buchalter, S.I., (2004), Practical Art Therapy. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

7. Pisarik, C. T., Larson, K. R. “Facilitating college students' authenticity and psychological well-being through the use of mandalas: An empirical study.” Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 50(1), 84-98.

8. Jung, C. J. (1972), Mandala Symbolism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

9. Schrade, M.A., Tronsky, L., Kaiser, D., (2011), Physiological effects of mandala making in adults with intellectual disability. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38, 109-113.

10. Henderson, P., Mascro, N., Rosen, D., Skillern, T., (2007), The healing nature of mandalas: Empirical study of active imagination. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 1, 148-154.

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