What is laya yoga?
LAYA YOGA is a yoga that focuses on meditative concentration of the chakras. Chakras are similar to lotus flowers.
According to the ancient teachings of Laya Yoga, it is customary to treat each chakra as a rich imaginary world that includes several symbols: one of the earth elements (fire, water, earth or air), a sound, a color and a geometric shape. For example, in the Heart the animal is the Antelope, the earth element is Air, the mantra is “yang,” the color is green, and the shape is the Star of David. Mantras are the magical sounds of the ancient language of Sanskrit.
This combination of symbols helps to break away from the everyday patterns of thinking and enter deep relaxation. Sounds, in addition to symbols, are an effective bridge to quick and deep relaxation, which is why it’s important to use the chakra soundtrack when studying Laya yoga.
Why Laya yoga? How does it help?
It doesnt change the situation but it allows you to live through difficult situations in life, a bit easier. If a child knows how to practice laya yoga, then a child will be able to help himself and can feel all the emotions inside of him and control them.
What is a challenge?
For different ages, it is different situations. For a two year old, someone took away a candy and they are crying their eyes out. For a 8 year old, it’s that he doesn’t have friends at school. At 12 years old, it could be a difficult teacher at school or a problem in their circle of friends. Or an unsolved situation from the childhood.
How can Laya yoga help in a challenging moment?
That means when a child is weak after being sick, he can feel his wise grey elephant and his red color, who whispers him some kind of advise, and needs more attention. He is our base and our strength. If the child feels his own wise grey elephant, then he takes out his own strength and energy. The elephant is one of the symbols of inner strength.
We have inner strength but to be able to use our inner power, but we need a few minutes before bed to practice imagining our Laya yoga animals and saying goodnight to them and checking how they are all feeling.
That means when a child is weak after being sick, he can feel his wise grey Elephant and his red color, who whispers him some kind of advise, and needs more attention. He is our base and our strength. If the child feels his own wise grey elephant, then he takes out his own strength and energy. The elephant is one of the symbols of inner strength.
A child is feeling uninspired and he doesn’t have any ideas for a certain project in school. He should ask for advice from the orange chakra of the mysterious Dolphin, one of the symbols that addresses our creativity. The dolphin can then send him a wave of creativity, and the child will feel like he has a lot of ideas.
A child is angry about something, wants to calm down, and cannot. In his imagination, he can pet his wild Ram, which is one of the symbols that addresses our aggression. In that way, he can calm himself down.
A child is upset about something. He can ask for advice from the loving Antelope, and right away feel her love, and he won’t feel so lonely anymore.
A child is feeling blocked in his speech or very shy, he can imagine his cute baby Elephant that is flying in his blue sky wishes him lightness. Everything in the cosmos of the elephant is light and weightless. This image gives a child a way to visualize the situation and apply it to his life!
A child is feeling unsure and doesn’t know what to do, he can take advice from the beautiful Peacock of intuition. This peacock teaches us that we already have the true answer inside of us and that our initial inner feeling, is the most correct one and he wont be dependent on the opinions of others.
A child is feeling that everything is dark—he is sad or in a bad mood, he can imagine the the 1000 white lotus petals of the flower are opening to take in a lot of light so that he can pour it into himself when he is in a dark moment.
The Kundalini serpent symbolizes our inner energy. Daily meditation classes (Laya Yoga) give the Kundalini serpent power to rise from the first chakra of the Earth higher and higher to the seventh Lotus chakra. She teaches us to learn to manage emotions, and to live in harmony and balance with ourselves.