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The Power of Flowers in Yoga practice


by Margaret Westley

For a devout yogi and life enthusiast, flowers are more than plants found in nature. Flowers are empowering living energies that celebrate beauty, devotion and balance.

The power of yoga and flowers have an intrinsic connection, and here’s why:

Lotus Flower — Asana

3 Ways Flowers Empower the Yogi ExperienceLotus Pose, or Padmasana, is an asana performed in Hatha yoga that represents the petals of the lotus flower. The pose serves as a meditative base for ruminating and intentional breathing known as Pranayama. Lotus pose also helps open the hips, strengthens the back and increases flexibility in the knees.

Along with strengthening and relaxing the body, Lotus Pose is also symbolic of natural beauty, purity, serenity, and self-realization. The lotus flower, also known as the Asian water lily, is sacred to the Buddhists.

It grows in shallow murky waters and muddy ponds. Its leaves float to the water surface and then bloom into flourishing, fragrant white and pink blossoms. The lotus flower symbolizes the power of being grounded in the Earth while aspiring toward the divine. While engaged in Lotus Pose, a yogi can embrace the beauty, grace and tranquility of the lotus flower and even awaken Kundalini, a dormant spiritual energy.

Plants + Flowers — Sacred Space

Water Drops On LeavesThe vibrancy and beautiful energies of flowers can also create a sacred space. Plants and flower blossoms make an impression through color vibrations and fragrances.

During the Hindu prayer ritual (Puja), flowers are offered to create a sacred space for devotion and celebration. Fresh flowers can provide that same experience for a devoted yogi.

Create a green and blossoming yoga paradise with bamboo, morning glory, vines and yucca.

Plants and flowers vitalize the space with nature’s energies and create a moving aura with bright, beautiful colors. Even decorating a yoga studio’s check-in desk or floor corner with a charming flower arrangement in a vase can purify and invigorate.

Flower Essentials — Yoga Chakras

3 Ways Flowers Empower the Yogi ExperienceChakra centers are the body’s cornerstones of energy for achieving balance and higher consciousness. The body has seven Chakras known as spinning vortexes of energy, arranged from the top of the head to the base of the spine.

These centers are where the mind, body and spirit absorb and deliver life energies created by our life experiences and circumstances. Energies aren’t always flowing easily and beautifully though. Limiting self-concepts and other energy blocks, like fears and traumas, prevent balance and impede free-flowing energy.

Yoga and Chakra centers are interconnected. Dynamic yoga postures, like Warrior I and Boat Pose, release or move energy in a Chakra that’s either efficient or excessive. A yoga flow and intentional breathing revitalizes and restores stagnant energy with fresh, vital energy.

For optimal wellness, flower essences and aromatherapy can supplement a yoga practice as healing tools for achieving balance among mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual patterns.

Organizational intelligence in flowers and plants creates re-balance, similar to how nature re-balances. Flower essences and floral essential oils encourage alignment and self-awareness. Self-awareness heals and promotes self-discovery to find our purposes and passions.

Find balance and clarity by enhancing your yoga practice with floral-scented essential oils. Diffuse oils with candle lamps or blend oils into a spray purifying mist. The sweet aromas will create a powerful yoga experience of spiritual expression and a centered atmosphere.