Lotus FlowerThe Significance of the Lotus by Sue Fuller

The Lotus flower is a symbol of strength and beauty. It rises from a place of darkness through the mud and murk to flower beautifully in the light of the sun. 

Lotus flowers are extremely significant through history and feature positively in Egyptology, Hinduism, Buddhism and of course Yoga.  The Lotus in Sanskrit is known as Padmasana.

The lotus flower symbolizes growth and determination.  It rises and grows from a tiny seed buried deep in the mud.  It continues to grow and develop as it passes through the dirty muddy murky water. 

The lotus moves calmly through the darkness into the light and produces beautiful blossoms as it enters into the next stage of its life.  Lotus flowers are a symbol of strength among adversity.

At night, the lotus flower closes and sinks below the water.  The next day it resurfaces again untouched and just as beautiful.  Each day the lotus rises from the mud and murk, it is a true symbol of beauty, survival and strength.

In Buddhist studies, the mud represents human suffering.  As the lotus flower grows through the mud and the murk, this represents humans rising above their earthly woes in order to enter a state of enlightenment.

The Indian Lotus flower symbolizes enlightenment, divinity, fertility, wealth, and knowledge. Many Indian deities are depicted sitting on a fully blossomed lotus flower, or holding a lotus flower.

Water Lily FlowerThe lotus is also known as the water lily. Water is the element of the sacral chakra Svadhishthana.  The element of water present in this chakra is a constant reminder that we all experience movement and emotional changes.  Water moves freely, but when it is out of control it is extremely powerful, breath-taking and dangerous. The Lotus flowers immaculately being surrounded by this powerful element.

Lilies are often associated in Christianity with Easter and the resurrection of Christ. The Virgin Mary is often depicted with the lily, symbolising her virginity and her purity.

In both Eastern and Christian religions this flower represents spiritual unfoldment, and self- realization.

Padmasana - The Lotus - Yoga PosturePadmasana – The Lotus

In Padmasana the feet and legs represent the petals of the lotus flower.

This posture helps to open the hips, strengthen the back, and improve the range of movement in the knee joints.  It is also used as a base for meditation, chanting, and pranayama (breathing techniques). This posture is not for everyone.

Begin by sitting with a straight spine, then cross your right foot on top of your left thigh as close to your groin as possible.  Now place the left foot onto the right thigh as close to the right groin as possible.  Lightly rest your hands onto your thighs.  It is possible to perform any suitable mudra or hand gesture whilst in padmasana.

If this is not comfortable for you sit with the ankles crossed and the hips elevated until you feel ready to perform this posture.

The lotus flower grows from the bottom of streams and muddy ponds and rises above the water to flower. It is extremely positive and symbolises rising above the suffering whilst remaining fully grounded in the earth and aspiring towards the divine.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher with a range of over 60 audio yoga classes, all postures are carefully selected for the relevant and appropriate level including Gentle Yoga for the absolute beginner, Beginners Yoga, Improvers for those moving on from the beginner level and Strong Yoga classes for the more advanced yoga practitioners who wish to perform stronger yoga postures. 

Sue also has a range of Daily Yoga Classes each audio contains 5 X 15 minute yoga sessions that can fit into even the busiest of days.

Sue’s complete range of Yoga 2 Hear audio yoga classes, are safe and effective and available from www.yoga2hear.co.uk.