Project Tie-Dye: A Manipura Mood-Booster

April 28, 2020 - Tie-dye is back, friends, as part of the reemergence of craftiness while we shelter at home. The Woodstock-ey, vintage look is inextricably "tied" to the love-all, hippie mindset of peace, love, happiness, and kindness of the 60s. Is that why it's making a comeback? We need more of that these days, right?

Invite more yellow into your life when in the dark (weather, or covid-19 uncertainty). Yellow is fire, sun, energy, and radiance in the language of the chakras, India's 4000-year old organizational system of our body's subtle energies. Yellow represents manipura, the third chakra, which rules the adrenals and digestive organs. The energy of transformation is housed here: what we take into our bodies (could be energy, food, information) and shape into fuel for personal power - or waste if it doesn't serve a purpose.

Practice: take what you need to shine and let the rest go!

Not being weighed down by excess thoughts, energies, relationships, and more will boost your mood anytime.


Peace, love, happiness, and kindness, my friends. Let's bring it back for good.


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NATURAL YELLOW: TURMERIC

This ochre-yellow-orange spice revered for its anti-inflammatory properties. Historically, it's how they dyed clothes yellow before RIT. :D


Enjoy this family activity and get creative!

I look forward to seeing your pics on Instagram or Facebook!


PROJECT TIE-DYE with TURMERIC


  • 100% cotton clothing items, plain

  • 2 T ground turmeric

  • 1 T Salt + 2 cups of water

  • 1 cup of Salt + 4 cups water

  • Rubber bands

  • White vinegar


  1. In large pot #1, combine turmeric with 2 cups of boiling water. Add 1 T of salt.

  2. In large pot #2, boil 4 cups of water and 1 cup of salt.

  3. Add clothing item to pot #2 and boil for five minutes. Lower heat and simmer for one hour. Rinse clothing item with cold water and squeeze out all excess water.

  4. Twist and rubber band sections of the clothing item in a pattern of your choice.

  5. Bring pot #1 to a boil one more time, add clothing item, and bring to boil again. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  6. Turn off the heat and let it soak for up to 12 hours.

  7. Use tongs or disposable gloves to remove and rinse in cold water. Hang dry.

  8. Wear and smile!


Caution: Turmeric stains, so don't wear your ball gown to tie-dye.

Next laundry day: wash with colors.

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