Invoking the Energy of Lakshmi in Your Yoga Practice and in Daily Life

Invoking the Energy of Lakshmi in Your Yoga Practice and in Daily Life


The Goddess Lakshmi

The goddess Lakshmi is one of the most well-known and highly worshiped throughout the world. With a quick glance at the numerous qualities she represents, it isn’t hard to see why. This powerful goddess symbolizes wealth, beauty, femininity, energy, spiritual growth, royalty, grace, and self-care, just to name a few. She is often referred to as ‘Sri Lakshmi’ which is a way of showing that she is sacred and holy. Read on to find out about the many different representations of Lakshmi, and how you can harness her power in your daily life, through yoga, meditation, mantra and images of this powerful goddess.


Symbolic Meaning

Lakshmi has many symbolic meanings, much of which can be shown through her image and what she is depicted with. She is usually shown with coins in her hand (of which she has four), which represents wealth, although not just material wealth. Lakshmi represents both material wealth and abundance, as well as generosity. She is not to be confused with greediness, but rather abundance of natural and physical, as well as spiritual wealth.

Lakshmi is often represented with a lotus flower, which represents spiritual growth and purity. She is also usually depicted near an elephant, which represents wisdom and royalty.

Lakshmi also represents feminine energy. She is often contrasted with her partner god, Vishnu, with whom she is usually depicted. The interplay between them represents the relationship between male and female energies, yin and yang so to speak. Therefore, while Vishnu represents traditionally masculine qualities, Lakshmi represents the female energy. She is associated with self-acceptance and self-care. It is common for women to worship Lakshmi when they are indulging in feminine caring behaviours, such as taking a long, hot bath, or getting a massage. She represents sensual pleasures, linking to her association with abundance of nature. Things like being fully present in the moment, smelling the rain, embracing a loved one are some of the sorts of sensual pleasures that Lakshmi represents.That said, it is not only women who can worship Lakshmi, men can also worship her and the qualities she represents.


History

While scholars believe that Lakshmi probably pre-dates the times of the Vedic texts, as she is worshipped in Buddhism and Jainism as well as Hinduism, the first written evidence of Lakshmi is in the Rig Veda, written over 2,500 years ago. Lakshmi is also talked about in the Upanishads and the Puranas. Through a combination of these sacred and traditional texts, we can form the story of Lakshmi, where the gods worked together to churn the milky oceans to obtain wealth and abundance. Hindus also believe that Lakshmi was reincarnated as Sita, who was married to Lord Rama in the Ramayana text.

The stories of Lakshmi run deep within the Hindu religion and most commonly told during Diwali, where Hindus across the globe worship Lakshmi.

 

Lakshmi in Yoga

Meditation

Lakshmi can be beautifully worshiped and her qualities invoked through meditation. Focusing on the abundance of nature and the sounds, smells, sights and sensations of the present moment are a simple, yet effective, way to connect with Lakshmi. By focusing your energy on the wealth and abundance that you already have, being thankful for it, and asking for more from a place of sincerity and not greed are ways of connecting with Lakshmi. Many modern mindfulness meditations and exercises are also a meditation to this powerful goddess and are a way to connect with the energy of Lakshmi on a daily basis.

Asana

Lakshmi represents feminine energy and thus can be invoked during asana practice, by hip openers and poses which connect with the second chakra (located near the womb and hips).

Poses include:

  • Supta Baddha Konasana: This is reclined on the back with the soles of the feet touching each other. It gentle opens into the hips and is a lovely passive pose to loosen the muscles around the reproductive areas.
  • Pigeon Pose: This is a deep hip opener with one foot out in front, bent at an angle with the other leg behind. It gets deep into the muscles at the side and front of the hips.
  • Lotus Pose: This is a great way to connect with Lakshmi, as she is often seen with a lotus flower. It is a take on cross legged seated pose, with the feet resting on opposite thighs. You can try one or both feet raised, depending on your flexibility.
  • Child’s Pose: This is a gentle pose that is great at the beginning of a practice to open into the hips. It is where the buttocks is resting on the heels with the knees bend and either wide or together, the torso resting on the mat in front.


Mantras

Mantras are another excellent way to connect with Lakshmi. There are many different Lakshmi mantras that can be chanted, the most popular of which is the Lakshmi Mantra. Use this mantras to invoke femininity, wealth and prosperity.

Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha: Literally this mean, ‘Salutations to the goddess Lakshmi, we worship you.’ This is traditionally chanted 108 times a day for 40 days straight.


How to use the Symbol of Lakshmi to Enhance Your Practice

A final important and powerful way to connect with the energy and power of Lakshmi, is through images of her. As we already know, the images of Lakshmi are steeped in symbolism. Having these images nearby, such as on wallhangings, statues, and paintings can serve as a reminder of her power. Similarly, it serve as an excellent reminder to have images of Lakshmi close to the body, such as wearing her image on clothing, jewelry or even tattooed on the body. This can serve as a constant reminder of her energy and rich symbolic meaning. It is especially useful to have images of Lakshmi, in whatever form, nearby when meditating on her qualities, invoking her energy and devoting your yoga practice to her.


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Yogini Soul Staff Writer: Stephanie JohnsonStephanie Johnson, CYI, Yogini Soul Staff Writer, is an elementary school teacher, yoga teacher, meditation student and writer. She is looking for ways to explore this beautiful, crazy life that we have been gifted and to live it with meaning. Stephanie fell in love with yoga as a teenager and has since traveled across the globe in search of gaining knowledge and experiences to deepen her understanding of yoga, from her home country of Australia, to India and across Asia, to Chile, in South America, where she now lives with her partner and two sons. Connect with her on Instagram.

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