The Five Koshas: Focusing on Mano Maya Kosha

In Yoga philosophy there are the five koshas. These five koshas are layers or sheaths which make us whole.

The outermost kosha is Anna Maya kosha which is the physical body.

The next kosha or layer is our vital energy. The most obvious part here is breath. This kosha is called Prana Maya kosha.

The next layer is the Mano Maya kosha. This is our mind. It is our thoughts and feelings. During meditation or Yoga Nidra we can speak to this kosha by using opposites. This can help the mind to learn flexibility. The mind works better when it has flexibility because we do not find ourselves getting stuck in unhealthy thoughts or feelings. Instead we can be comfortable knowing that all the thoughts we have are temporary. Thoughts and feelings come and go.

The next layer is Vijnanamaya kosha which relates to a collective consciousness and our wisdom.

The innermost kosha which is peace, stillness. This is called Ananda Maya kosha.

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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