Luck is a funny thing. Sometimes you have it and sometimes that’s not really a good thing.
Thankfully your luck, like most things, gets better as you work to make it better. And luckily, many of things we already do as yogis can help manifest good luck within our lives. Or, what seems like good luck. Typically, the more we practice gratitude, the more we find to be grateful for; when we listen to our intuition, we find truth. On the path of acceptance, there is very little dissatisfaction.
Of course, keeping a few totems around and practicing a few daily habits that make you feel luckier could never hurt – and that fits right in with this week’s St. Patty’s Day theme!
Lucky God and Goddess
Yoga’s roots are in Hinduism, so it’s no surprise Hindu gods and goddesses have a tendency to pop up and influence your practice. For luck and good fortune, consider a yoga sequence in honor of the god Ganesha or goddess Lakshmi!
Ganesha, with his human form and elephant head, is revered as the mover of obstacles and his symbol wards off trouble and brings peace within a home. Ganesha figurines in homes are said to protect the inhabitants and bring good fortune. Likewise, Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance and good fortune and luck. Two of her symbols are the lotus, the flower that must push its way through muddy water to bloom, and rice, which Indian business owners will sometimes keep a grain of in their daily bookkeeping as an appeal to the goddess.
Gemstones have a living energy and many have a lucky one. Amethyst, for example, is thought to increase luck in every way. For luck with your career, pick up a garnet stone or for luck bringing money into your business: citrine. Rose quartz helps bring luck in love and marriage. And for luck in nighttime ventures, red jasper is there!
Many yoga studios will have occasional classes called Karma Yoga classes. You know karma – what goes around, comes around – right? Karma Yoga focuses on intentions involving acting in service to others without thinking of what you’ll get in return. Karma Yoga classes are typically free, only requiring a minimum donation that can vary from class to class for a charity of the teacher or studio’s choice.
Believe it or not, there’s a yoga pose that’s considered lucky, although, like real luck, you’re going to have to work towards it: supported headstand, or sirsasana. Sirsasana, like other inversions, helps increase circulation through the brain, bringing in powerful new blood cells to help boost your vitality and confidence.
What are some of your good-luck totems or rituals? Tell us about ‘em in the comments!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.