Definition - What does Shiva Lingam mean?
Shiva lingam is a symbol made from a sacred Hindu stone found in the Narmada River in western India and represents the Hindu god, Shiva.
Within yoga, the biggest benefit of Shiva lingam can be found in the way in which it allows the practitioner to store and intensify energy in the body. It is also said to promote feelings of well-being and being one with the world.
Yogapedia explains Shiva Lingam
Shiva lingam is widely regarded as being a phallic symbol, often seen together with its female counterpart, yoni, which represents the goddess, Shakti. Both of these stones tend to rest in the center of temples. The shape of the Shiva lingam is said to enable energy retention for the maximum amount of time with balance and complete harmony.
Used for meditating and worshiping for centuries, Shiva lingam assists the practitioner with entering into a deeper state of meditation, expanding the mind and leading to a greater understanding of the spiritual whole that makes up the universe. When performed correctly, these stones are reported to permit greater energy levels as well as deeper and longer lasting peace and calmness.