Anandamaya Kosha: You are Bliss

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Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you. ~Krishnamacharya Have you ever been in a yoga class and heard the teacher say “Bliss is your true nature” then wondered what that even meant? In the Yoga Tradition, there are 5 Sheaths each one…

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Vijnanamaya Kosha: Free Will

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    I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking What is it that separates you from the animals? Free will. The fourth sheath is the intellectual body. The Vijnanamaya…

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Manomaya Kosha: I Think Therefore I Am

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The Third Sheath is the mental body, the Manomaya Kosha. From a Western point of view when we think of the mind or the concept of mental, we identify it with the brain. In the Yogic Tradition mental incorporates the brain, the nervous system, and the sensory organs. Manas means…

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Pranamaya Kosha: The Energetic Body

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 Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh The second sheath, holiday box, or matryoshka is the Pranamaya Kosha. You may recognize the word prana, which translates into energy or life force. Maya means “made of.” The compound word…

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Annamaya Kosha: Your Meat Suit

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In the Yoga tradition, there are five bodies. Think of this as one of those holiday gift boxes; that has a series of smaller boxes inside. Each box has a little bit of room between its edges and the inner portion of the box that houses it. These are referred…

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The Bija Mantras: Unity and Community

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When I think of the purpose of the Bija Mantras (seed mantras), it reminds me of the translation of Yoga, yoke or union. The reality of Prana (life force) is we are connected, everything has a relationship to us, even if it seems distant. I’ve been having a lot of…

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