Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

By
Beth Gibbs, MA, E-RYT 500

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are:

  1. Physical (Annamayakosha): our physical body.

  2. Breath/Energy (Pranamayakosha): our physical breath and energy anatomy (prana and all of its forms (nadis, chakras, vayus etc.).

  3. Psycho/Emotional (Manomayakosha): The everyday mind with its thoughts and emotions.

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