When I started out Yoga, I heard about the terms Laya Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. After doing my research, I got a gist of these two branches of Yoga. So, let’s check out each term and its differences. The word Laya means to dissolve – dissolve what? The manifest nature has to dissolve with the unmanifest nature.
This dissolution is actually seen in the form of transformation of the normal patterns of consciousness and the development of the transcendent nature. That is the purpose of Laya Yoga and it is a complementary practice to Kundalini Yoga.
In Kundalini Yoga we concentrate more on the awakening of pranas, chakras and stimulation and purification of the tattwas than on the aspect of consciousness. The aspect of consciousness is not negated but definitely neglected. The Laya Yoga emphasizes the awareness of consciousness so that we become aware of the changes taking place in that dimension.
The ability to observe and control the experiences in the field of consciousness gives one the ability to eventually harmonize the pranic awakening, the awakening of chakras and the kundalini.
Kundalini Yoga is a tantric practice and Laya Yoga is a Vedic practice, that is the only difference between the two. In the practices of tantra, a lot of emphasis has been given to the energy, to the feeling, to sensitizing the awareness in order to experience the movement of prana shakti. Laya Yoga aims to sensitize the awareness in order to experience the consciousness.
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