The Lotus flower is something that is very dear to me.  It was one of my first tattoos and symbolized personal growth for me. It represented me learning how to look at life with a more open heart and soul. I have always been attracted to the flower but it was until I started practicing yoga that the flower taught me so much more. I learned from the lotus flower’s unfolding petals to express the expansion of my soul. The lotus flower is a symbol of the purity of our body, speech, and mind.

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Lotus pose is modeled after the lotus flower. The Lotus Flowers are the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously. The flower is rooted in muddy waters, but the lotus itself blooms above the water. The mud which roots the lotus flower is said to be symbolic of our own personal attachments and desires. The lotus flower is an example of how something beautiful can emerge from something unpleasant, such as mud.

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The lotus flower is also a metaphor for spiritual movement through our chakra system. The lotus flower is rooted at the base of our spine at the root chakra. It grows up through the spine to its crowning glory at the seventh chakra – the 1,000-petaled lotus flower which represents the expansion of our ever growing soul. Each one of our chakras are referred to as lotus flowers. Like the lotus flower our chakras can be open or closed, dying or blossoming all depending on the state of our current consciousness and our interaction in the world. The heart chakra is often referred to as a lotus flower, encouraging us to open our hearts in the same way as the petals of a lotus flower would unfold.

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1 Comment on Symbolism and the Lotus Flower

  1. Sharlene
    November 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Great article! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and photos about the lotus flower!

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