“The thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms”



By @Jennie_Ay


Most yoga students are aware that “Lotus” (Padmasana) is a seated posture which opens up the hips and strengthens the spine. The posture is often performed during the practice of pranayama techniques and also meditation. 
Indeed, one of the original purposes of the asana practice, limb three of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yogawas to strengthen the spine and open up the hips so that the physical body of the yogi (Annamaya Kosha) could be still and silent throughout the journey through limbs five, six, seven and eight: pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi.


However, in addition to being the name of a well known yoga asana, the flower is also spiritually symbolic in Eastern religion and Indian tradition. The studio logo of Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool) depicts an Eastern Buddha sitting within three open lotus flowers and many Indian deities are portrayed sitting on an open lotus flower or holding a lotus flower. 


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Lotus FlowerLotus flowers grow from the bottom of muddy, murky ponds and eventually bloom as beautiful flowers above the water surface. When seated in Lotus pose, the open position of the legs represent the petals of an open lotus flower. However, symbolically, the lotus flower itself represents being grounded and connected to the earth whilst growing and aspiring towards the divine. 


The lotus is often seen as a sign of enlightenment and divinity and, in Buddhism, the flower represents awakening and spiritual growth. However, it is also symbolic of strength and resolve in times of darkness because, although it lives in muddy water, it continues to grow towards the sunlight and remains unscathed. In fact, it is said that the thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the lotus blooms.




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