It is essential for each practitioner to get to know the 7 common yoga symbols and their significance. Our lives are full of symbols and we use them to add meaning to our lives. Yogis use symbols to serve the same purpose ... they add meaning to our understanding and practice of yoga and are a significant part of the yoga tradition. The symbols we will look at represent: OM, Hamsa & Evil Eye, Lotus Flower, Buddha, Mandela, Chakra and Namaste.
Indian mystics have stated that yogis who commit, passionately and sincerely, to regular yoga practice will eventually come to experience and become aware of a variety of universal forces or energies operating within and without them.
Symbols are used to represent the different universal forces, spirits or ideologies. Since these symbols represent natural and universal forces we often refer to them as SPIRITUAL SYMBOLS OF YOGA!
The symbols help the yoga practitioner determine the right universal force to focus her attention and intention on, leading eventually, to elevating herself to a higher state of consciousness and bringing about deeper meaning and insight into her life.
The 7 common yoga symbols and their meaning
The Om or AUM symbol represents the all encompassing cosmic consciousness, vibration and sound of the entire Universe Aum helps us open our third eye and connect to the absolute and divine force of the universe. http://bit.ly/2ithSWM
Hamsa & Evil Eye
In yoga and Hinduism the hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol with an evil eye on the palm. The evil eye represents the threat of jealous and malicious stares that can be harmful to one’s health, property and prosperity. The hamsa symbol is a talisman, a force field, worn to deflect evil thoughts and intentions and to bring luck, strength and protection. http://bit.ly/2hAmQRz
The traditional symbol for yoga is often the lotus flower or water lily. It represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person such purity, beauty and faithfulness and our ability to come from a place of suffering into the light. http://bit.ly/2v0Inrz
Buddhism and yoga are similar in many ways. Both aim at developing compassion, spiritual enlightenment and liberation. Both consider dharma to be the fundamental law of the universe. Both perceive karma as the cause behind a human's rebirth. They also both work to liberate the practitioner from struggle and worldly suffering. For this reason, yogic practitioners follow the path of Buddha and some Buddhists practice yoga. The term Buddha means the “awakened one” and represents the founder of Buddhism. http://bit.ly/2zHWxNT
Mandala is a concentric diagram with spiritual and ritual significance. The word is of Hindu Sanskrit origin and means “essence”, “having” or “containing”. ... For Tantric Buddhists, they are rich with symbolism and sacred meaning. Simply stated, a Mandala is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe. In yoga, the mandala symbolizes unity and harmony of the mind, body and soul..
Around 200 B.C. a spiritual form of Yoga emerged in India which described a subtle substance of body, in addition to the gross substance of flesh and bone, that coils around the spine in two separate "filaments", one of feminine energy and the other a masculine energy; they cross at seven nodal points, or energy bundles, which are known as Chakras. There are seven major chakras each has its own meaning, significance and responsibility for different physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being.
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Nama” meansbow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore,Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” http://bit.ly/2yBxPNS