The Infinity Symbol: Its Meaning, History and Yoga Connection

Nicky Sehra
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Symbols are important visual representations of larger concepts. In yoga, symbols are used to quickly remind us of balance, focus, peace, oneness, and other disciplines to remember during the yoga practice. You may have come across the infinity symbol during your yoga journey, so let’s dive in and demystify it!

The infinity symbol is represented as a number 8 lying on its side. It has a long history and powerful meaning, especially when we connect it to yoga.

Interested in the meaning behind more common yoga symbols? Read this.
 
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History of the Infinity Symbol

This symbol appeared within the ornaments on the cross of Saint Boniface, who was a missionary in the 8th century. In 1655, John Wallis is credited with bringing the symbol to mathematics to represent a potentially infinite number. It was known as the Lemniscate by Greek philosophers and mathematicians in the 17th century.
 
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The infinity symbol is also said to be a simple representation of the Ouroboros, an ancient symbol that also represents the infinite. The Ouroboros is a snake, represented as a circle eating its tail or, more recently, as an infinity symbol. The Ouroboros originates in ancient Egyptian iconography.
 

 

Meaning and Yogic Connection of the Infinity Symbol

This symbol represents infinite possibilities, eternity, empowerment, and everlasting love. As suggested by its history, there are many interpretations of this symbol by various cultures.
 
With the infinity symbol, there is no beginning or end. It represents the universe as an ongoing and continuous entity. It reminds us that everything is evolving and in constant motion.
 
In yoga, the infinity symbol is a representation of oneness, and a reminder that we are all united in this cycle of life. This is shown by the two separate circles coming together as one. In our modern day, it can symbolize two souls coming together as a united bond in love.
 

The Infinity Symbol Takeaway

This powerful symbol is a great reminder of our connection to ourselves and the universe. It represents the never-ending cycle of life and the power of unifying together as one. Who wouldn’t adore this beautiful symbol of love?!
 

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Nicky Sehra

A graduate of History & Corporate Communications and Public Relations in Ontario, Nicky is a wanderlust and modern day spiritual woman who enjoys the simple pleasures of life. Nicky loves to teach yoga, travel, and inspire humanity through her writings. Her aim is to leave everyone she meets with a sparkle of kindness, peace and love.

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