Natarajasana- King Dancer Pose
My logo is based off of the yoga pose Natarajasana. There isn't a big story into why I picked this, other than that I loved the beauty of the pose. It takes balance, strength and flexibility to create such a beautiful pose.
My client, fellow yogini and independent business owner, Lori Christensen of Carde Blanche, created my logo and business name. We were training one day and she looked over at the sign of the gym name at the time, Body Mechanix, and it just hit her. Body SAMantix. She loves the play on words and came up with the clever definition that defines what I do. I asked her to add in the yin and yang (it's one of my tattoos, another story completely). But she also added the subtle hint of muscles to match who I am.
Story of Natarajasana
Here is the story that is in Light on Yoga by: B.K.S. Iyengar.
Nataraja (nata= dancer; raja=lord, king) is a name of Siva, Lord of the dance. Siva is not only the god of mystical stillness, death and destruction, but also Lord of the Dance. In HIs Himalayan abode on Mount Kailasa and in His southern home, the temple of Chidambaram, Siva dances. The God created over a hundred dances, some calm and gentle, others fierce and terrible. The most famous of the terrible ones is the Tandavam the cosmic dancer of destruction, which Siva, full of fury at his father in law Daksa for killing his beloved spouse Sati, surrounded by his attendants (ganas), beats out a wild rhythm, destroys Daksa and threatens the world. Siva, as Lord of the Dance, has inspired some of the finest Indian sculptures and South Indian bronzes.
This vigorous and beautiful pose is dedicated to Siva, Lord of the Dance, who is also the fountain and source of Yoga.
The name Siva means "liberation" which is what the four-armed god is expressing. He can't stop the passage of time or the fire that surrounds him, but he can find bliss amongst the chaos. He is portrayed balancing on the demon avidya (ignorance) . In one hand he holds a drum on which he beats the passage of time. Another hand holds a conch shell, recalling the power of the sound of Om that reverberates through the universe. The third hand holds the flame of vidya, or knowledge, reveals you that will continue on. Siva's heart is the center of the wheel; the hub that stabilizes him within the great cycles of cosmic change.
This is a reminder that we can live from our center and dance, celebrating life's ups and downs, knowing that a part of you is connected to all the pulsations of time and space.