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Yoga Symbols and Why They Compel Us So Very Much

What's the first thing you think when you see someone wearing a t-shirt featuring an OM?

"That human digs yoga."

"They are probably an open-minded sort."

"I'm going to ask her where she practices yoga."

"Am I OMing correctly?"

Essentially, yoga symbols have meaning to us because we feel a deep and profound love for yoga and want to express it

Symbols have always been a potent way to announce devotion, support, and reverence. They tell the world an important piece of our identity and values.

  • Religious people often wear a piece of jewelry announcing their membership, such as a cross or Star of David.
  • The yin/yang symbol holds strong meaning in Taoism and represents the pursuit of balance and wholeness. It also stands for the beginning point for change.
  • In Native American culture, the bull skull is symbolic of offering protection from the natural elements. It also stands for strength, courage, and leadership.

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Yoga symbols have grown wildly popular. If you actively observe this, you'll find them everywhere from jewelry, clothing, tattoos, pillows, paintings and sculptures, hell, even nail polish decals.

The Om is probably the most recognizable and popular. I decided to count the number of Om yoga symbols I saw on one given day. On that day, I taught 3 yoga classes, visited Whole Foods, pumped gas, walked a friend's dog, and met someone for coffee. With that day in mind, here is a breakdown of the number of Om yoga symbols I observed:

  • 11 Om tattoos (visible) on arms, lower backs, legs, and one on a neck.
  • 2 manicures featuring an Om sign.
  • 19 tanks/tee-shirts/sweat-shirts/leggings with the Om symbol!
  • 28 (!!) items for sale including pillows, clothing, skin-care, sculptures, paintings, and even an oil diffuser in the shape of an Om.

Of all the yoga symbols, Om speaks to people on a different frequency. It says that yoga is a prevailing force and focus in my life and I consider my yoga practice as representing the way I live.

Other beloved yoga symbols include the lotus flower. Its resilience and ability to spread beauty and light even in the most unlikely of places is empowering. The Hamsa symbol is also heavily represented in the yoga world for its protective powers. Mala beads are everywhere. Often referred to as 'yoga bling' mala bead necklaces and bracelets are both gorgeous and useful for meditation and as touchstones for our practice.

Wearable yoga symbols to shout with pride and passion who we are so the whole world will know will always be a powerful way to speak without words. Wear them loudly and spread your positive messages of love, strength, and passion to others.


Quotes inspired by Thanksgiving

Miracles take place every day in every way, yet sometimes we are too caught up in our materiality to be thankful for the gift of life, let alone to be present and thankful for the people, places, events and things that shape our world. In the presence of our nearest and dearest, at a time of year when we honor the abundance of the harvest which Mother Nature yields. Thanksgiving is at our door, so here are a few gratifying quotes to inspire thanks on this fine American holiday.

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

- Oprah Winfrey


Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

- Henry Van Dyke


Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.

- Amy Grant


Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
W.T. Purkiser


Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

- William Arthur Ward


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

- Charles Dickens


Enough' is a feast.

- Buddhist proverb


If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

- Gerald Good

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

- Michael Josephson


The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.

- Charles Schwab


Forget yesterday--it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow--you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift--today.

- Steve Maraboli


I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.

- Mike Ericksen


This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.

- Maya Angelou


Happy Thanksgiving Yogis, be thankful, show gratitude, be blessed, be loved.

9 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Yoga Friends

With the holiday on our heels, you might be scrambling to pick the perfect present for your yoga buddies. Worry not – we've got the perfect gift ideas that are guaranteed to delight all yogis, whether they're new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner.

1. Yoga Poster

Sometimes the thing we need most is a little bit of reinforcement. Consider the simple, yet powerful presence of a yoga poster (or any positive motivational or inspirational posture). Choose something that reinforces a good principle, or think hard on what message your friend would really benefit from. Provide them with that constant reminder, and support their passionate and purpose!

2. Vegan Chocolate Box

Just about everyone loves good chocolate, and not many make better chocolates than Chocoveda. 100% vegan and crafted with purpose, this delightful chakra-inspired chocolate box will swoon tastebuds while encouraging the mind to consider the lessons of balance and positive thinking.

3. Yogitoes Skidless Towel

A favorite towel among yogis, this is the perfect gift for the daily practitioner. A super hygienic, extra absorbant addition to the yoga mat, the Skidless Towel helps keep the mind focused on posture and clarity, not worrying about a squirming or poorly gripping yoga mat.

4. Yummi Yogi cookie cutters

These awesome little yogis shape the poses you know and love in deliciously cookie shapes. The perfect gift for the yogi friend who loves to spend time in kitchen (or at least make cookies), these playful, cute, and inspired cookie cutters make for a perfect gift. Mindfulness with every bite!

5. Lululemon Blissed Out Circle Scarf

Made with natural Merino Wool, this reversible extra-long length Blissed Out Circle Scarf is a comfortable, conscious way to beat the seasonal cold. Warm, cozy, and fashionable, it makes for a great gift that's guaranteed to be a hit with any yogi friend.

6. A Yoga Retreat

This month, we've got a special offer: 4 nights off the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula. While one lucky member of ours will win the vacation, this promotional offer from Villa del Palmar at Loretto is open to all of our members (and readers!). Daily yoga and meditation classes on the beach, unlimited access to fitness trainers, and facials/massages from an experienced and passionate staff. Don't miss it!

7. A Yoga Retreat in a Box!

Hand-packed with love and intent, Yogi Surprise is the perfect gift for yogis at any level. Delicious organic & vegetarian snacks find home alongside purpose driven products, like Yoga Straps, Tiger's Eye Mala beads, and natural tools to cleanse your space and aura. Your giftee could also win the retreat (#6 in our list!). Subscribe today!

8. Singing Bowl

Singing bowls are powerful additions to any yoga practice, and because each is custom made, no two are exactly alike. Show your love this season by gifting one of these artisanly crafted Singing Bowl, and make your loved one smile ear to ear with gratitude!

9. A Yoga-Powered Subscription

There are a ton of tools you can use to support and empower your practice: check out our favorite five. Each built with the healthy, balanced practice in mind, a yoga-powered subscription makes for a constant source of inspiration and creativity, and you can rest assured knowing your loved one is gaining from gift everyday.