HIDDEN MEANINGS OF EVERY YOGA SYMBOLS

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We find symbols in our daily life and do play a significant role. Symbols are profound expressions of our intellect, emotions, and spirit. These symbols may be seen in so many ways. Just like in yoga, symbols have the significant part of both yoga tradition and yoga practices. You often see these in yoga studios, clothes, accessories, wall and home decorations. But, does it ever cross your mind what do these symbols really mean? Let's dig in and get to know the hidden meanings of every Yoga Symbols that can bring new depth and insight to your yoga practice. Let's start it!

 

Om is possibly the most familiar symbol in yoga. It holds everything in one simple sound. It does not represent a word but a syllable – a powerful one since it’s the vibration of the cosmic universe. It is often mentioned nor chanted at the beginning and then the end of any yoga classes for meditation, and you can also chant it if you practice alone.
The symbol for Om is written in the ancient language of Sanskrit. And each element of the image has a different meaning which symbolizes the different states of our lives – awake, sleep, and in between.

 

Hamsa hand or the hand of Fatima/Miriam is well represented by the palm of the hands. And it has two main styles, one is shaped like a regular hand, and the other has two symmetrical thumbs. Hamsa hand is usually used as a symbol to ward off evil spirits, that is why there is an "evil eye" featured in the palm. The evil eye is an omen of bad luck and negative energies. When you used, worn, or displayed it can be in 2 positions. One is facing up and it is believed to give you protection with the fingers pointed up, as if in a "stop" gesture. That is why some yoga studios have this symbol on a wall, ensuring the space is safe for everyone to occupy and feel at peace, protected from malevolent spirits. And, when the fingers are pointed down it brings success and harmony, as it looks like a handed held out towards you. Lastly, Hamsa invites luck, prosperity, good health, and happiness.

 

Mandala is loosely translated as "circle", from which it got its Sanskrit name. It is designed to offer a visual balance of elements that symbolize harmony and unity. When used in spiritual practice, it is said to help absorb the mind in meditation. This symbol reminds every Yogi to survive, to achieve balance, spirit, mind, and body. Like the universe, it is balanced and united. With its numerous array of designs, patterns, and colors, it also represented in so many aspects of your own life - nature and even the circles of life, friends, and family.

 

Originates in India somewhere between 1500 - 500 B.C. and is referenced in the most ancient Sanskrit scriptures. A chakra is an energy point in the body, and our bodies have seven of them, represented by the lotus essences. Each chakra is an energy centre which spins like a wheel. As its name defines is a system. In yoga, chakras are the centers of the energetic body or the aura. We have 7 major chakras throughout the body and each has its own meaning, significance, and responsibility for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being.

To know more about chakras: here

 

Tree of life represents the connection of the grounds and our physical existence to the skies and the heavens. For yoga and Buddhism, it is the bodhi tree where Buddha received his enlightenment. The tree of life illustrates that idea that all life on earth is related and we all have the same beginning. With beauty and diversity, we are all leaves on the same Tree of life. Uniting all of the humanity and the universe as a whole.
Lotus is used all over various religions and cultures. In Buddhism, the lotus blossom represents the heart opening. Buddhists compare the opening of the lotus flower petals to the unfolding of what is divine within you. A closed bloom is the heart with its infinite potential for enlightenment, waiting to unfold. It symbolizes how we too can overcome all obstacles on our journey towards enlightenment and flourish. Also, represents growth and spiritual development.  Lotus flower symbolizes purity, beauty, and rebirth. In which it is a perfect reflection of new beginnings.
Lotus is used all over various religions and cultures. In Buddhism, the lotus blossom represents the heart opening. Buddhists compare the opening of the lotus flower petals to the unfolding of what is divine within you. A closed bloom is a heart with its infinite potential for enlightenment, waiting to unfold. It symbolizes how we too can overcome all obstacles on our journey towards enlightenment and flourish. Also, represents growth and spiritual development. 
Lotus flower symbolizes purity, beauty, and rebirth. In which it is a perfect reflection of new beginnings.
In Sanskrit word, Buddha means “the awakened one”. For most, Buddha is a person. But for the yogis, he also stands for enlightenment. When one is enlightened, he or she achieves a higher level of consciousness and oneness with the universe. He or she believed to be in harmony with oneself, one’s mind, and one’s spirit. Buddha is represented in many different forms, including ones that symbolize protection, serenity or meditation, medicine, and teaching. It is recommended to take a moment at the beginning of a meditation to imagine yourself as Buddha with all of his qualities – open, enlightened and compassionate since his story inspires us that we as a normal person can do the same –liberated from suffering.
We need to instill how these symbols help every yogi to do the practice. Through these symbols, it helps each individual to achieve direct access to facilitate, expressed, and elevated themselves to a higher state of consciousness.
Much Love,
Gladys D.♥
Yogi
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