Common Yoga Symbols and Their Meanings

Yoga has several symbols, which helps to understand a deeper meaning behind everything. Symbols help a person to add meaning to life. The symbols help a yoga practitioner to achieve direct access to these forces, develop positive qualities, and also helps a person to bring a deeper meaning to life. In yoga, the symbols hold a lot of meaning.

Human beings always try to find meaning and help the people in understanding things that are nearby them. So, the symbol helps a person to know more about things in a deep manner. Like this way, there are many yoga symbols that are helpful in serving the same purpose. It also adds meaning to the understanding and the practice of yoga.

Yoga has gained so much popularity all over the world. People practice yoga regularly as it is very beneficial for the body. 

The symbols which are used in yoga and help people to get their deeper meaning are Om symbol, Lotus Flower Symbol, Hamsa Symbol, Buddha Symbol, The Number 108, Mala Beads, Ganesh Symbol, Namaste Symbol, Chakras symbols. 

1. Om:  Om symbol looks like a number 30. It has a hat on the top. It is most familiar to the people as the people hear the Om chant at the beginning or end of the yoga classes. It is a type of symbol that creates one-ness amongst the heavens, earth, and the underworld. Many people also say it is representative of the three Hindu gods as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

It is spelt as ‘ohm’ or ‘Aum’. It is the symbol which the hell’s to energizes the chakras. The sound and vibrations of the Om help to remain calm in the mind and central nervous system. It also produces the feeling of peace and unity amongst the body and soul. It helps in reducing stress. It also helps to improve concentration.

Om symbol’s each part has a specific meaning. The dot, which is located at the top, represents the 4th state of consciousness. This is a state in which a person connects with the divine and can experience an absolute serenity. It is the ultimate goal of spiritual awakening. The crescent shape is directly below the dot, and it represents the illusion.

The button represents the waking state, and the top represents the unconscious state. The largest curve is the waking state curve. The people experience the things which are the realm of the five senses. The unconscious state is above the waking state. This state is also known as a deep sleep state. A person can reach this state when everything subconsciously stops, even the dreams. Between the two curves, there is one last curve that signifies the dream state. It represents the dreams which a person experiences before deep sleep.

2. Lotus Flower:  It is also known as a water lily symbol. It is a very important symbol in every culture. It has a unique thing, .i.e. the way this flower blossoms. The core of the flowers and petals never touches the dirty water where it grows. This symbol represents the journey of the human as the people rise themself above the adverse circumstances and into self-awareness and make them spiritually inlight human beings.

In Hindu culture, this symbol is represented as beauty, especially fertility, female eyes, spirituality, and eternity. It also represents the Goddesses like Laxmi. It is also used as an offering to the gods and also a part of Ayurveda medicine practices. In Buddhist culture, lotus symbolizes spiritual awakening, purity, and faithfulness. A blue lotus helps to represent common sense and wisdom. The white lotus represents purity; the purple lotus represents the 8- fold path to Buddhism.

A pink lotus is represented as the true lotus of Buddha, and a red lotus is a heart. In Egyptian culture, it represents rebirth and reincarnation. Many people also think that the lotus, which is connected with northern and southern Egypt, represents the unity between the two. Lotus plays a vital role in many religions and cultures. It is a perfect representation of the spiritual journey from darkness into the light. 

3. Hamsa: It is one of the important symbols in many cultures. The people have several interpretations about the Hamsa. This symbol is found as a piece of jewelry, in painting, or in any artwork. The meaning of this symbol varies slightly. In general, the Hamsa means protection against the evil eye. It is meant to bring wealth, fertility, and health. 

Hamsa can be recognized as ahead with an eye in the center of the palm. It has a hand with the three middle fingers extended, and the thumb and pinky finger vary. It will be symmetrical and has different meanings. In many cultures, it is to be said as the hands of God, which help to avoid negativity. It is universal and represents purity, faithfulness, and spiritual awakening.

In Jewish culture, it is a symbolic representation of the number 5. The five fingers represent the five books in the Torah. Torah is composed of burnt, trespass, grain, and peace. It also represents the five parts of the human soul, .i.e. physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and God. In Hindu and Buddhist culture, it is represented as the five fingers, which are symbolic of the chakras and five natural elements. 

3. Mandala: Mandala means ” circle ” in Sanskrit. It means that it is a direct note to the never-ending circles of life. It serves as a tool on the spiritual journey throughout life. It can be used as a tool for meditation. It helps in knowing someone’s path and also to know a story of a person from where they have already been.

The colors which are used in mandala has several purposes like red color stands for strength; pink as femininity; orange as self-awareness, intuition, and creative transformation; yellow as laughter, wisdom, and happiness; green as love nature, physical healing; blue as inner peace and meditation; purple as spirituality and black as deep thinking or individuality. 

It represents unity and harmony. They are always symmetrical, and radials balance. All mandalas have visually alluring and appealing. It is beneficial for calming and relaxing the body of humans. 

4. Namaste: It is the Sanskrit word which can be split as ‘Nama,’ which means bow, ‘As’ means I, and ‘Te’ means you. Altogether it is meant as I bow to you. A person typically hears at the beginning or end of a meditation or yoga session.

The people use Namaste for greeting the people by bringing the palm together at the center of the heart and say Namaste. It helps in generating gratitude, respect, and connection towards each other. For others, it has a deeper and more spiritual level. Namaste is an acknowledgment of being equal. 

5. Chakras: In chakras, it is believed to have a spot through which energy flows. Chakra means a disk or wheel. It describes the spinning energy throughout the various points in the body. A chakra can be an excessive chakra, deficient chakra, or both chakra.

For excessive chakra, it needs to discharge energy. In a deficient chakra, the people need to receive energy. When all the chakras function correctly, then a person can feel balanced because chakras are linked with the mind and the body.

Chakras can get affected or can get blocked because of abuse, restrictive, emotional injuries, Human Rights, childhood trauma, and also because of physical injuries. 

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine near the tailbone area. The sacral chakra is located at the lower abdomen, which is below the belly button. The solar plexus chakra is located at the upper abdomen. The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest, which is just above the heart. The throat chakra is located at the throat.

The third eye chakra is located between the eyes. The crown chakra is located at the very top of the head. Chakra helps a person to feel grounded. When the chakra gets balanced, it provides good health, and a person feels relaxed and secured. It also provides confidence and self-esteem. When the chakra becomes deficient, a person can feel depressed, anti-social, lonely, and judgemental.

The people may become afraid of relationships. When people lack energy in the chakra, a person can have trouble learning and a rigid belief system. 

6. Ganesh: Ganesha is a Hindu god who is represented with the head of the elephant. It is associated with the first chakra. He is known as the ‘Lord of good fortune and also the ‘Lord of beginning.’ He provides prosperity, success, and fortune while removing both the material and spiritual obstacles. The different parts of Ganesh have a different meanings.

 Big elephant heads represent knowledge and wisdom. It also reminds people to think big. The small eyes symbolize a person to focus on life and also enjoy the small things in life. His mouth represents a person to talk less.

It also reminds a person to embrace silence. Big ears help a person to listen more. The trunk represents to symbolizes versatility and adaptability. He has only one tusk, which reminds a person to remember the good things in life and forget the bad things in life. He grunts knowledge and wisdom to the people. 

These are the types of yoga symbols that are very meaningful and have importance in yoga culture. These symbols exist for hundreds of years or thousands of years, connecting practitioners to spiritual enlightenment and provide meaning to life.

Symbols carry meanings from many generations. Symbols can be universal and mean different things to different petting the other cultures or religions. They share important meanings to the people. 


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