The word yoga means to yoke or unite.
Yoga is an ancient practice that works to unite energy and consciousness,
finite and infinite, mortal and divine. Asana or postures, is what most people think of when they think of yoga, but yoga is much more. This page will give you a foundation for understanding some of the rich symbolism used in the yoga tradition, which we have chosen to include in our space.

OM/Aum - a letter in the Sanskrit alphabet, is a sound which is said to have brought the universe into existence. It also is sometimes used as a greeting. When we chant OM, it creates a vibration in the body behind the forehead. This is said to be the seat of our consciousness, which makes sense, given that it is the location of the brain in particular the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with higher levels of processing or conscious thought. OM is often referred to as a universal mantra. Physical effects of chanting OM include parasympathetic activation, relaxation, focus and deeper, more regular breathing.

No automatic alt text available.Shiva in the form of Nataraja - Shiva is a Hindu deity of transformation. It is said that he bestowed the gift of yoga on humankind, and that he was the first guru. He is often depicted as a yogi in meditation, in our statue, he is in the form of Nataraja - Nata means dance and raja means king or lord. His hair is dreaded as of symbol of his choice to live on the fringes of society, in other words he was the original punk rebel. In his right hand he holds the fire of destruction, in his left, the drum of creation. The snakes around him are a symbol of Shakti, the feminine of center divine energy of manifestation. The moon on his head denotes he is beyond the measure of time being eternal. He stands on an infant to show he conquers ignorance/"not knowing anything". The baby holds a snake down, showing that ignorance is oppressive. Shiva's foot ascending shows his grace and generosity in leading the way to liberation from ignorance through transformation.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoorShree Yantra - a yantra is a two dimensional representation of energy vibrations (often matras or deities). The Shree Yantra represents creation. It is comprised of interlocking upward and downward pointing triangles. The upward pointing triangles represent Shiva or consciousness, the downward pointing triangles represent Shakti, or manifestation. The Shree Yantra is a map of how creation comes into being from singular consciousness into many forms and the spiritual journey of humankind to move back into that divine consciousness and unity.

Also, the sound of Om on a tonoscope creates a Shree Yantra, which is amazing since the Yantra predates the tonoscope by thousands of years.

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