Definition - What does Laya Yoga mean?
Laya yoga is a yoga form in which dissolution of self and merging with the Supreme Consciousness are achieved. Laya is a Sanskrit term meaning "dissolve." Laya yoga leads to the state of samadhi, which is the highest unification with the Divine. It leads the mind from the state of manifestation and dissolution to moola prakriti, meaning "original state."
Though it may also be referred to as Kundalini yoga as it awakens the kundalini power, Laya yoga works from the sahasrara (crown chakra) at the top of the body and flows down through the lower chakras to awaken kundalini.
Yogapedia explains Laya Yoga
Laya yoga was created by sage Gorakhnath who was the disciple of sage Matsyendranath. The aim of Laya yoga practice is to alter the conscious level of the mind to a higher state by making the mind listen to the inner sound. Practicing Laya yoga includes asanas, pranayama, mudras, mantras and bandha.
Other than elevating one's consciousness, some of the other benefits of practicing Laya yoga include:
- Alleviates stress
- Cures mood swings
- Promotes emotional stability
- Cures addiction
- Improves immune system