Many people ask me why I named my yoga studio in Ormond Beach "Lotus Yoga and Fitness", with the emphasis on the LOTUS part. When I celebrated one year in recovery from my 35 year battle from an eating disorder, I got a Lotus Flower tattooed on my ankle because of what the Lotus Flower means to me. When I opened my yoga studio, there was only ONE option for the name for me because of my journey to that point in my life. I recently came across a passage on Facebook written by Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Bootcamp. The following is that passage, and it describes exactly the reason for the name.
" The Lotus Flower makes its way through murky, muddy waters, persevering dark and suffocating conditions, making its way past obstacles toward the light, only to blossom beautifully at the top, not only unfazed by the mud in its past, but nourished by it! And much like the lotus, we trek through life's challenges and darkness, learning and growing with each experience, shaped and nourished by everything that we initially felt was "in our way", when , in reality, every difficulty and heartache, disappointment and hardship, are all essential to our immeasurable and unique beauty. Just keep pushing toward the light, grateful for the lessons along the way, not resentful of them, for without the mud there could be no lotus. Namaste."