What is Laya Yoga?

Updated at: Jul 08, 2018
What is Laya Yoga?

Laya Yoga: One of the traditional arts of yoga, Laya Yoga emphasises on meditation for bringing absorption of the mind in sound.

Himanshu Sharma
YogaWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Dec 28, 2017

Laya Yoga is counted among highly recognised art of yoga forms. Practising this on a consistent basis establishes a link between internal peace and dialogue with self. This ascertains tuning between one’s soul and universal energy. The yogic form is believed to have originated ages ago in the Himalayas, practised by yogis for disciplined living and peace of mind during those days of yore. The yoga form concentrating on mind’s abilities and potential has also found relevance in the contemporary living style.

The word Laya has Sanskrit origin, which means dissolution or merging. The yogic art is also known as Kundalini yoga, as Kundalini energy is raised and is attained by deep meditation (dhyana). In this manner, laya yoga helps individuals to reach the level of supreme consciousness. Like any other yoga form, laya yoga begins with centred breathing and mild stretching exercises. Thereafter, yoga mudra is performed, which is again followed by relaxation exercise.

Laya Yoga Benefits

This highly-benefitting yoga form combines the beauty of meditation with the practice of sound for achieving the state of ‘ananda’, wherein one finds the highest level of happiness and immense peace. The practice calms down the nervous system as the sound of the body is concentrated upon. Primarily, it focuses on 5 main energy centres present in the spine and 2 in the head. Yoga of absorption provides peace, by overcoming difficulties and negatives. The practice could also lead to Turiya, known as the fourth level of consciousness.

Instructions for Laya Yoga

  1. Position yourself in Siddhasana mudra.
  2. Shut eyelids and lean upwards with closed eyes.
  3. Concentrate on the region between eyebrows.
  4. Close the nose and left ear.
  5. Listen to the external sounds through right ear. The sound will become prominent, clear and seem like pounding. Gradually, the sound you are listening will become soft.
  6. This increase concentration as mind continues to keep track sound without any distractions, which will deliver the calming effect.
  7. Keep going on with the practice until your body is at peace.
  8. Make practice part of daily regimen for receiving all benefits.

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