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Yoga for Good Luck | 5 Practices

In honor of Friday the 13th, let’s have a look at luck.

Luck is a fun concept: the idea that once in a while, life gives you a windfall of fortune for no reason other than chance. Sometimes things do happen for no apparent reason – like finding a $20 bill on the street, or getting called for jury duty 3 years in a row. But most of the time, almost all of the time, what really makes luck is you.

The very teachings of our yoga practice – our attitudes, intentions and actions – is what manifests ‘luck.’ When we practice gratitude, we find more to be grateful for. When we choose acceptance, we don’t suffer dissatisfaction. When we listen to our intuition, we go where the truth is. When we keep trying, we can’t fail.

Yoga teaches us that where we focus our attention grows, and that’s all luck is: the manifestation of our attention.

Now we’re not saying to go manifest the odds in Las Vegas (although we know some great yoga studios there), but we are saying that the way you see your own personal fortune will change as you practice yoga. You will become one of the ‘lucky ones.’

So just for fun this Friday the 13th, we’ve also pulled up some interesting tidbits about the relationship between yoga and luck for you to enjoy:


Lucky LakshmiLakshmi

In the ancient yoga tradition, the goddess Lakshmi was responsible for abundance, good fortune and good luck. She is usually seen standing or sitting on a lotus – the flower that auspiciously grows from the muddiest waters. One of her symbols is rice, and sometimes business owners in India will include a grain of rice in their daily bookkeeping as an appeal to Lakshmi. Putting that much care and attention in whatever you’re doing is likely to manifest your success.





SirsasanaPowered By Sirsasana

Supported headstand, like many inversions, sends lots of powerful blood cells to your brain. This pose is like brain juice, increasing circulation to help boost your vitality and confidence. This pose is your manifest-station for good luck.







Yogi BhajanBe a Kundalini Genie

Yogi Bhajan, who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the US, taught the Sobagh Kriya to “invoke the wealth of the universe.” The first of this five-part Kriya can be practiced alone: sit comfortably with your eyes closed and palms in front of you facing outward, touching each other along the sides of the index finger and thumbs. Then reverse your hands, hitting the pinky edges together, palms facing you like a book. Chant ‘Tantric Har’ with each movement and it is said to help you act on your intuition.





Lucky Yoga 3Karma Yoga

You’ve heard of Karma – the idea that when you do good things, good things happen to you. Karma Yoga is the yoga of action – acting in service to others without thinking of “should” or what you might get in return.  It’s a path to fulfillment and an open heart – and maybe that’s where your luck comes from.






Lucky Yoga 5“Practice and All is Coming”

Pattabhi Jois (the father of Ashtanga Yoga) famously said this. In practice, you can find freedom, and you can find wisdom. With practice you will find what you’re looking for, and what you didn’t know you were looking for. It’s all out there, with practice.






Does your yoga practice make you feel lucky in life? Share in the comments below.

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