The word Deepawali comes from Deep, meaning “light” and Avaali “a row”, signifying that this festival is full of light. The festival is celebrated for the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
The essence of lights represents the happiness and spiritual journey of our lives to conquer darkness from within.
The most common image that comes in our mind after hearing the word Diwali is that of a lamp (Diya), a symbol of light within each of us. In the context of Yoga, “Light” or “flame” is to signify the awareness within us.
As a yogi, one aims to “lighten up” our body. The more awake and elevated we are, the freer we are. When our mind is cluttered with thoughts, we feel lethargic which dulls our light.
When we practice yoga as a routine, the light of awareness shines bright, it brings clarity in our life. We recognize the difference between good and bad, we can see what will make us grow and what will leave us in despair.
So, as winter approaches, let's give ourselves a little warmth and light by celebrating Diwali and inculcating Yoga in our daily lives.