There is profound wisdom to be gained from reconnecting with your younger self. While you’ve been continuously learning, growing and expanding cognitively and physically, your inner child never departed. Coloring books can help bridge your past and present, inviting you to revisit the world through the eyes of your younger self. They encourage you to embrace the simplicity and authenticity that often get obscured in the hustle and bustle of adulthood. Through coloring, you can find a pathway to your highest self — a self that is in harmony with your true essence, unburdened by societal expectations and aligned with your deepest aspirations.
So, pick up your colors, breathe life into these pages and let them not only bring vibrancy to the paper but also infuse your life with renewed vitality. You may find your sense of wonder, innocence and magic is only a stroke away. Here are three recommendations for coloring books for adults to help soften stress while sparking creativity:
Embark on an enlightening and enjoyable journey into the inner workings of the human body with Kelly Solloway, a seasoned yoga instructor, licensed massage therapist and anatomy teacher. She emphasizes the key elements crucial for your yoga practice and presents a wealth of knowledge in a highly accessible manner.
Each page offers essential anatomical terminology before delving into the intricacies of the skeletal system, joints and connective tissue. Subsequent chapters provide in-depth coverage of the muscular system, offering comprehensive insights into its structure and function.
To enrich your learning experience, each anatomical feature is thoughtfully accompanied by black-and-white illustrations depicting yoga postures, or asanas, which you can personalize with your choice of colors. By immersing yourself in the process of coloring the bones, muscles and their corresponding names, you’ll nurture a deeper comprehension and more effortless recall of their locations and functions. Strengthen your practice as you lean into these pages, and level up by practicing a pranayama (breathwork) of your choice.
Mandala translates to “center” or “circle” in Sanskrit. The geometric shapes can be precisely measured or organic and asymmetrical. In Buddhist and Hindu tradition, the symbols within a mandala represent one’s spiritual journey, and is said to aid in one’s spiritual development where the practitioner will find themselves within the divine.
Mandalas are indigenous to our natural world. Think snowflakes, shells or cyclical patterns such as the moon and seasons. The 100 mandalas found in this book are all unique and may bring up personal, suppressed emotions, memories or feelings. The
pages vary from beginner-level to expert-level and are single-sided, so you do not have to worry about one color bleeding over on to the next page.
According to Buddhist tradition, obstacles are webbed throughout each figure, and one has to overcome these in order to cultivate compassion and wisdom. So, it does not matter whether you stay in the lines or not because you will be one step closer to finding enlightenment.
Visualization is a wonderful tool for igniting wanderlust. Planet Earth is filled with millions of unique ecosystems to explore. You are never confined to one place because this coloring book option can transport you from your futon to the forest or your ottoman to the ocean.
Each page offers a serene landscape waiting for your artistic touch to bring to life. You can infuse your home with a plethora of natural beauty, allowing these captivating scenes to grace your surroundings. The pieces offer lots of negative space and minimal grayscale shading to optimize space for relaxation and self-expression.
As humans, our innate connection to the Earth pulses through our veins, which makes this coloring book a pleasant escape to our natural world from the comfort of your coach.
Writer + Yoga Instructor