Five Common Yoga Symbols

28-01-2016

Om

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Om or Aum is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the “impersonal Absolute of Hinduism”, also represented by this symbol: ॐ. Anywhere you try to read about this little yoga symbol will tell you a different meaning, it has a long history with multiple religions and is said to be the noise made when the universe was created. Om is also a mantra to be repeated during meditation, and every curve of the symbol represents a different state of consciousness.

Unalomes

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Unalomes are often changed and adapted into different beautiful, spiralling shapes, and they’ve become a popular tattoo design as the meaning is simple, yet something many people can identify with. The curling spiral at the bottom is said to represent the path of awareness and understanding, as the path straightens out it reaches a final point of enlightenment. Similarly, it’s also said that the spiralling base represents your head and the straight line reaches up towards enlightenment.

Mehndi

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Mehndi is traditionally drawn in henna on the body as a temporary design, often used in Indian cultures for weddings, brides would have henna tattoos on their palms the day before they were to get married and every part of the intricate design would have a different meaning. Our Mehndi design is very floral as that is said to represent joy and happiness which is exactly what we want to feel while practising yoga.

Lotus flower

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Lotus flowers are used all over various religions and cultures. Their significance is based around the murky pond water they live in and the contrasting beautiful, pure flower reaching out. They symbolise purity, beauty and rebirth. This is one of our favourite yoga symbols and have our design featured on the mehndi top and lotus yoga pants

Hamsa

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The hamsa hand or hand of Fatima/Miriam is well represented in many religions and cultures, it is usually used a symbol to ward off evil spirits, hence the “evil eye” featured in the palm. The hamsa hand has two main styles, one is shaped like a regular hand, and the other has two symmetrical thumbs. The hand can be worn or displayed facing up or down and it is believed to give the owner protection with the fingers pointed up, as if in a “stop” gesture. When the fingers are pointed down it brings success and harmony, as it looks like a hand held out towards you.

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