The word ensō refers to a hand brushed circle that has been created using one single brushstroke and in one single breath with no possibility of modification.
Just as with the ensō, there is a beginning to life and an end (from the brush touching the parchment & then finally leaving the paper), but the beginning and end continue in an ensō. Thereby also symbolizing the complete circle of life.
The opening in the ensō represents the imperfection that is an essential and inherent aspect of existence. It may be open or closed. The opening perhaps depicting the beauty that lies even within the incomplete or, if you will, not so perfect moments within life.
Just as with our yoga practice, finding these little moments of perfection within the imperfection that is life takes practice, dedication, and determination.
‘ Yoga is a light which once lit will never be dimmed. The better your practice the brighter your flame ‘
- BKS Ieyngar