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Yoga Basics News  •  No.161  •  September 20, 2014  



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From the Founder

The path of yoga is one of progressively moving inward, through each of the five koshas (sheaths or coverings), to experience the radiance of our true/highest self (atman). As you explore your inner world via five koshas, you can learn how to refine and purify these layers and to be bring them into alignment.

Just as we consciously work at lining up the bones in the body’s joints using our muscles, we can similarly align our physical, energetic, mental, intuitive and emotional bodies: Balance Annamaya kosha with a healthy and nourishing yogic diet. Activate and harmonize Pranamaya kosha using energizing and purifying pranayama breathing techniques. Calm and refine the Manamaya kosha through daily meditation. Strengthen and awaken the Vijnanamaya kosha through studying scriptures and yogic philosophy. Heal and integrate the Anandamaya kosha through bhakti yoga and karma yoga.

The experience of having the five koshas in alignment is one of pure presence in the moment, feeling a deep connection with your true/highest self (atman), and/or a sense of ease and grace in attaining your goals, visions, intentions, and prayers.

  

Timothy Burgin
Founder & Executive Director
YogaBasics.com

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