Yoga Symbols and Their Meanings

Buddha – means “he who is awake.” Buddha was simply a man who became enlightened, understanding life in its meaning entirely.

Lord Ganesh (elephant symbol) – remover of obstacles, success, elephant head represents wisdom and intelligence

Hamsa – believed in many faiths to protect against the “evil eye” Protects against all kinds of negative energies or ill wishes.

Lotus – new beginnings, infinite potential. A lotus has roots in mud but grows to become beautiful despite it’s surroundings. Represents growth and spiritual development.

Om – It looks like the number 30 with a top hat and is often chanted at the start and end of most yoga classes. It is a symbol of eternal oneness. Which is to be one in mind, body and spirit. Meditational peace is favored by the deep resonance of this sound.


 Yin/Yang - The yin yang meaning and symbol date back to ancient China. The yin yang symbol represents the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.

Tree of Life – wisdom, knowledge, happiness – these are gained by our own strengths. The Tree of Life symbol reminds us of our potential, and that with hope nothing is impossible.

Mandala – represents the cycle of life and the pattern of the universe. Symbolizes the unity of body, soul, mind

Namaste’ the literal translation is “I bow to you.” In yoga culture, Namaste is used at the start of a yoga session as well as at the conclusion of the class as a form of greeting and as a way of exchanging energy with one another.