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Laya Yoga

Laya Yoga

Often called ‘the yoga of awareness,’ laya yoga is influenced by the yantra and shakta schools of Hinduism, using meditation with the goal to reach a higher state of consciousness.

An ancient tradition, laya yoga drew from hatha yoga mixed with Hindu traditions and schools of thought, and introduced as a distinct form of yoga in Nepal by legendary Sage Gorakshnath, in the 11th to 12th century.

This Hindu warrior-saint also gives his name to the famous Nepalese military men, the Gurkhas. For more on the history of laya yoga check out:

Often practiced as Kundalini yoga in the west, laya yoga focuses on breath control, sound and meditation through a number of complete actions. The flow is spiral, like the coiled snake of energy said to be in the base of the spine.

The ultimate goal of this type of yoga is to align energy, broaden awareness and prepare the body and soul for a higher state of consciousness, known as Turiya.

Here are some basic instructions for beginning laya yoga courtesy of

Instructions for Laya Yoga

Position yourself in Siddhasana mudra.

Shut eyelids and lean upwards with closed eyes.

Concentrate on the region between eyebrows.

Close the nose and left ear.

Listen to the external sounds through right ear. The sound will become prominent, clear and seem like pounding. Gradually, sound you are listening will become soft.

This increases concentration as mind continues to keep track sound without any distractions, which will deliver the calming effect.

Keep going on with the practice until your realize that body is at peace.

Make practice part of daily regimen for receiving all benefits.

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Another great place to go for more information about this form of yoga is

Created by the teacher credited with spreading this form of yoga to the United States, Yogi Bhajan, has a wealth of information, instructions and links to groups, classes, and even this smoothie recipe touted as being “the perfect breakfast drink for women.”

Mz. Whiz Smoothie

Mz. Whiz Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 8 ounces (250 ml) orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (20 ml) liquid chlorophyll
  • 2 Teaspoons Rice Bran Syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons cold-pressed almond or sesame oil

Directions: Blend well until frothy.


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