The 5 layers of consciousness, koshas
You are so much more than your physical body, emotions and mind. You are actually composed of five layers of consciousness, which in the yogic tradition are known as the 'koshas'. These are sheaths that envelop and separate your being from its nondual consciousness.
The first layer is the anna maya kosha, the layer of consciousness nourished by food and material atoms. It is strengthened by asana.
The second is prana maya kosha, the layer of consciousness nourished by pran, the vital energy and life force. It is strengthened by pranayama, yoga breathing practices.
The third is mano maya kosha, the layer of consciousness that is the seat of the mind. It is strengthened by pratyahara, and its practice of yoga relaxation, yoga nidra.
The fourth is vijyana maya kosha, the layer of consciousness that is the seat of wisdom. It is strengthened by concentration, dharana, and meditation, dhyana, which awakens your yogic heart.
The fifth is ananda maya kosha, the layer of bliss. It is strengthened by mantra, and chanting kirtan and bhajans, which expands your levels of energy, consciousness and love.
The koshas are connected with the five basic elements: earth, water, fire, wind and space.
They exist at the entre of your radiant, yogic self and a a doorway to nondual consciousness, atman-brahman.
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