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The Meaning Behind Yoga Symbols & Tattoos

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Tattoos have been around for centuries. In ancient cultures, they often played important roles in rituals and other spiritual practices. Nowadays, tattoos exist in all varieties of shapes, styles, and subject matter.

People choose tattoo designs for aesthetic and artistic reasons, and many tattoos have no spiritual or symbolic meaning whatsoever. However, for some individuals, spiritual symbolism remains a key element in their tattoo selection process.

Buddha tattoo

A Buddha tattoo can show devotion to a particular aspect of Buddhism, or an admiration of the meditative mind and what Buddha represents. Whether you’re a practicing Buddhist, or simply resonate with what Buddha represents, Buddha tattoos offer a variety of meaningful options.

Hamsa tattoo

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The Hamsa, or the evil eye, is a symbol present in many cultures and traditions, including the yogic traditions. The word Hamsa refers to the 5 fingers of the hand, in this case, drawn as an open right hand. It's often combined with the 'evil eye' to counteract danger or bad energy. As a whole, it is believed to be a symbol of protection that can be worn as jewelry or hung in the house, usually above doors.

The Hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol, traditionally with a picture of an eye at its center. The Hamsa represents bravery and boldness and is believed to ward off evil and negativity – the ultimate form of protection when worn on the skin as a tattoo. The eye represents the divine, always watching over you and bringing you good luck. 

Wearing a Hamsa on your own finger might bring even more protection to the wearer, as finger tattoos were often traditionally believed by ancient tribespeople to keep negative energies and spirits at bay. 

Mandala tattoo

The mandala is another traditional symbol that represents harmony in Buddhism and Hinduism. It is usually depicted in an abstract circular form that is intended to represent the universe. Mandalas are detailed and symmetrical and make beautiful subjects for spiritual tattoos. 

The word 'mandala' is a loose translation of the word 'circle'. It represents the harmony of mind, body, and soul. There are many different designs and if you look closely, you can see patterns of nature and the circle of life. Mandalas can be used as a meditation as well. If you focus on the center, it will bring more concentration. 

In Buddhist traditions, mandalas are carefully made from colored sand, that will one day, be blown by the wind. Making it is meditation itself, but it mostly represents the impermanence of all things.

Often used as an object of focus in meditation, the mandala is a gorgeous geometric pattern that represents the metaphysical universe with cosmic harmony as all paths meet at the center. Comprised of many intricate components and details, the mandala becomes whole: a symbol of oneness, perfection, unity, and completeness. 

Lotus Flower

The second most common yoga symbol is the lotus flower, coming from Buddhist traditions as well. The lotus flower, or water lily, blooms on the surface of the water to face the sun, with its root deep in the mud. It represents our ability to overcome suffering and come to a place of light. The petals are compared to our heart; the petals (the heart) open to reveal the divine inside.

The lotus is a symbol of purity and divine birth. The pure white flower flourishes in murky ponds. Hence, the lotus has come to represent the enlightened soul, calm amidst the chaos of the physical universe. The bud of the lotus symbolizes potential – it is the bud from which spiritual awareness grows. 

The number of petals changes depending on the meaning behind the lotus, with eight petals being the most common (reflecting the eight limbs of yoga) going all the way up to one thousand (to the crown chakra, or center of enlightenment). 

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