Invented Sanskrit Word of the Day: layasana - the resting, dissolving pose


I propose layasana as a replacement for savasana or shavasana. There is no getting around what sava is - śava, mn. (ifc. f(ā). ; prob. fr. √1. śū , or śvi and orig. = " swollen ") a corpse , dead body. Sure the ancient yogis meditated in graveyards and went around coated in the cremation ashes of the dead. But that is clearly Vampire Chic. I’m not into it.

Consider the great Sanskrit word laya.

  • rest, repose
  • place of rest, residence , house , dwelling W.
  • [mental inactivity, spiritual indifference
  • sport, diversion, merriness
  • delight in anything
  • an embrace

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laya

laya [p= 897,3] [L=181584]
&c » [p= 903,2].
laya [p= 903,2] [L=182754]
the act of sticking or clinging to (loc.) , S3is. ?? (laya with loc. , " to become attached to any one " Kuval. )

MBh.

loc. or comp.) Up. Kap. &c (layagam or " to disappear , be dissolved or absorbed " ; laya sa-gam , " to hide or conceal one's self ")

MBh. Ka1v. &c (laya , " to be destroyed , perish ")

S3is3. BhP. (cf. a-laya)

W.

Kap. Veda7ntas.

Va1s.

Harav.

L.

druta , " quick " , madhya , " mean or moderate " , and vilambita , " slow ") , Ka1lid. Das3ar. Pan5cat. &c

Sam2gi1t.

L.

MW.

partic. agricultural implement (perhaps a sort of harrow or hoe) VS.

L.

L.
laya [L=182772]
the root of Andropogon Muricatus Bhpr.
laya [L=182773]
making the mind inactive or indifferent BhP.

(H1) 

layana
(H2) m.
[L=182755]lying down , cowering
[L=182756]melting , dissolution , disappearance or absorption in (
[L=182757]extinction , destruction , death
[L=182758]rest , repose
[L=182759]place of rest , residence , house , dwelling
[L=182760]mental inactivity , spiritual indifference
[L=182761]sport , diversion , merriness
[L=182762]delight in anything
[L=182763]an embrace
[L=182764](in music) time (regarded as of 3 kinds , viz.
[L=182765]a kind of measure
[L=182766]the union of song , dance and instrumental music
[L=182767]a pause
[L=182768]a
[L=182769]a swoon
[L=182770]the quick (downward) movement of an arrow
(H2B) n.
(H2B) mfn.