It blows my mind almost daily how the ancient Indian knowledge of Ayurveda is amazingly applicable today. In fact, my studies often leave me feeling like humans had a better grasp of reality thousands of year ago.
For example, Ayurveda categorizes our energetic fields into 5 sheaths called Koshas. These layers make up a whole person. What is really wild is that our modern day minds seem only acknowledge 1 or 2 of the Koshas and it results in us living in a time of much dis-integration (people, systems, structures are falling apart because we have forgotten how to be whole). I recommend that we start with getting curious about the integration within ourselves.
Here is a basic introduction to the 5 Koshas:
Annamaya Kosha - translates as the food body; the tangible, physical body that we mean when we say "my body."
Pranamaya Kosha - translates as the energy body; the breath, the aura that you can sense about someone.
Manomaya Kosha - translates as the mind body; the intellect, emotions, interpretations, and meanings we make of things.
Vijananamaya Kosha - translates as the wisdom body; the intuition, deeper truth, and your higher self.
Anandamaya Kosha - translates as the bliss body; connection to a greater whole, transcending the separate self, and finding self-realization.
So, how can you have 5 bodies when you can only see one? You feel them, you sense them, and you realize more and more peace as they integrate. This path of Ayurveda isn't an intellectual pursuit, it is about doing and being; it is the art of living well.
See what you can sense. Starting with the Annamaya Kosha, each layer must be nurtured, honored, and integrated for a person to be fully realized. Have you ever thought about your being in this way before? Take a moment and explore your connection to each layer and see what you notice.
Are you interested to learn more about Koshas? My friend (and amazing Kundalini yoga teacher), Mindy Searcey and I have combined our skills, knowledge, and superpowers to create an online New Year's Kosha Retreat in order to create the most amazing, powerful, and transformational beginning of 2021, just for YOU!!