Whether you’re just starting or an experienced yogi, it’s likely to come across some peculiar symbols of yoga in a yoga class or studio. It may be engraved on your yoga gears or appear in front of you as a non-racial language.
But really, how much of yoga symbols do you know? It’s high time to learn some of yoga’s symbolism, particularly the lotus flower yoga in the yoga tradition.
Lotus Flower Yoga– A Symbol in Yoga Tradition
In this time of age, it’s not unusual that the lotus flower– also known as “padma,” a term coined in Sanskrit– has influenced and turned into a symbol in some eastern cultures, as it represents, amongst others, innocence, spiritual fulfillment, and a sign of renewal.
Does this sign of renewal remind you of something? Yes, the life cycle of lotus flowers depicts the path of a yogi.
The inevitable daily hustle and bustles shake us -the mud and the dirty waters- which stops us from becoming the best version of ourselves or knowing our true potential as a being.
Despite that, the force of life journeys towards the light – spiritual fulfillment – to transform and discover our true self, which is not confined by our morals– the center of the lotus flower.
This breakthrough will boost our full potential to flourish – lotus flower’s thousand petals – and bring a cultivated awareness of ourselves and what surrounds us, balancing our body, mind, and spirit.
Know that a lotus flower is found in the muddy waters but still emerges to hatch above as a beautiful flower and a symbol of resilience for all those are surviving their everyday lives by showing them that no matter what challenges they will experience, with optimism and steadfastness, they will flourish.
This is a great reminder for people who are having a difficult time in their lives, especially in this pandemic.
Padmasana or the Lotus Pose
The beauty of a lotus flower yoga is portrayed in the padmasana or the lotus pose, which is tagged as the optimum sitting position and ideally suited for meditation.
Why is this pose fit for meditation?
In this pose, your pelvis is securely grounded. It promotes a relaxed seat that enables the spine to extend naturally without you doing anything, which means you will remain focused and unaffected by any threat of physical discomforts.
However, it’s essential to know that this pose is not suitable for everyone. It requires the yogi to have extreme mobile hips. Or else, it will end up injuring your knees. Hence, it’s essential to pay attention to the hips’ opening throughout the practice, not force the pose, and be careful with the whole process.
Please note that it’s not your body that needs to adapt to the poses, but rather the poses will adapt unto you.
Other meditation poses enable your body and mind to remain calm and focused like the siddhasana or the adept’s pose, sukhasana or cross-legged pose, vajrasana or diamond, and the svastikasana or the locking pose.
Learn how to do a proper meditation here: How to Meditate
Lotus Pose– Tips & Step-by-Step Guide
If you think your body is capable of executing the lotus pose, here’s a complete guide on how to do it:
1. Grab a folded yoga blanket and place it under your pelvis. This supports you by adding comfort while hip rotation.
2. Stretch your legs all the way in front of you.
3. Bend your right leg, open your hips gently and place your foot on the opposite hand.
4. Bend your knee securely and then drag it away to the right.
5. On bended knee, align your heel towards your navel, then direct your foot to the left groin.
6. If your foot remains on the thigh, stay still and continue to open your hips to increase your flexibility while not forcing the knee.
7. If your foot is comfortably placed in the ground, proceed immediately to the next step.
8. Pay attention to your ankle. It may end up twisting too much, so it’s best to flex your foot from time to time. And if it hurts, stop immediately.
9. Place your left leg. This is the most tricky step because most beginners have less hip flexibility on bended knees, injuring it in the process.
10. To secure your knee, ensure that your thigh and calf are near each other and in sync when moving.
So bring your legs closer to your thigh as this decreases the possibility for the knees to twist.
11. Follow the very same steps elaborated above for your right leg.
Remember to open your hip, control your knee out on the left side, align your heel towards your navel, maintaining the knee closed, pointed foot, and direct it in the groin.
Channel your aum
Channeling your aum might be difficult, but it’s essential not to rush the process and that every process is worth it to people who are patient and knows how to wait. If you feel any bodily discomforts at any of the steps of the lotus flower yoga above, go back to a position where you felt comfortable and start over again. Namaste.