Pictured above is Ganesha, one of the most worshipped of the the Hindu deities. I sparked a curiosity after seeing such an intricate figurine in my yoga studio. There are many gods and goddesses that are discussed in the yoga sphere and I have decided to enlighten myself on these figures that have been worshipped for thousands of years. I found Ganesha at just the right time. Most commonly known for being the creator and remover of obstacles, this Lord is thus able to represent prosperity, new beginnings, and wisdom. Ganesha has such complex symbolism: with each small aspect of its being representing something larger within ourselves or the exterior world. The large elephant head represents this effortless wisdom– the ability to push past obstacles without hesitation as elephants do. The body (specifically the belly) signifies the human ways and the world. At this point in my life I have overcome many obstacles in my internal and external worlds. Although I am apprehensive to be journeying onto new beginnings, Ganesha serves as a continuous blooming form of spiritual guidance as I embark on such an exhilarating time of my life.

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