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Ancient seers and Yogis were able to perceive human body through five layers of existence that went from the physical gross layer to the subtlest spiritual layer. How can we differentiate between our Earthly physical existence and our eternal spiritual self? Having been heavily conditioned we tend to falsely identify with our physicality, mistakenly believing that this is who we actually are.

True Self is beyond the thinking mind and exists beyond panchakosha or these five sheaths. Only Eternal Master can take us on a journey of knowing who we are in truth.

Annamayakosha is the first layer, also known as Gross Body. It is the only directly perceivable component of a living being. Whatever we perceive as gross physical body through our senses is related to Annamayakosha. This layer is made up of the essence of food, which makes the body grow. Being made up of the physical matter, when the body ceases to exist, it goes back into the mud again.

According to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, we must give importance to the physical being, because it is our vehicle in this lifetime. When all the five elements within the body are harmonised, we can access the true spiritual identity with ease, because we won’t be distracted by aches, pains and disease. Even though the physical body is temporary, we shouldn’t treat it like it’s disposable, we should instead honour our physicality and provide it with the correct nutrition and care.

In Sanskrit ‘prana’ means energy or life force. Prana breathes life into our being, making us active. Our breathing, heart beat, circulation, digestion, etc. carry on continuously as an evidence of the presence of prana. This is our Energetic Body also known as Pranamayakosha. The moment prana leaves the body all our activities come to an end. When prana is not flowing freely we can experience illness and disease. A proper regulation of prana helps to cure many physical ailments and restore good health. To help with pranic body blockages we can practice breathing exercises as well as Sukshma Vyayama - a set of joint exercises included in Hatha yoga preparation series. Unprocessed emotions can get trapped in pranamayakosha, resulting in physical pain if left for a long time unresolved. Being able to feel a wide range of emotions on a deeper level can allow for the stagnant energy to start to move freely in the body and release any knots. Yoga asana practice is a great way to assist with this process. Yin Yoga is excellent for releasing emotional tension as it works with energetic channels.

Manomayakosha is also known as Mental Body. It is the layer of existence that we call the mind. The thought process consists of manas (experiencing the world through our senses), chitta (conditioning) and buddhi (intellectual analysis we undertake). Antahakaran or inner instrument of the body consists of mind, ego, chitta and buddhi. Mind is the accumulation of memories, conditionings of likes and dislikes. Thoughts which are associated with our likes involve positive feelings, while thoughts associated with our dislikes invoke negative feelings. Our feelings turn into emotions. Emotions affect our physical bodies directly. If the mind is not calm and content, we experience mental disturbances that cause physical ailments. To maintain a calm and balanced mindset practices like meditation, Yoga Nidra and breathing exercises are highly beneficial. Meditation is a spontaneous state that occurs as a result of Dharana (concentration). Yoga Nidra is a practice of Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) that leads to accessing our subconscious mind where we store our core beliefs. A lot of these beliefs have been adopted as a result of the pervious conditioning from present and past lives. By practicing Yoga Nidra we can attain a state of healing and change the beliefs that are causing us distress or are stopping us from living a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Life Coaching is a process of identifying core beliefs and values, that helps a person move in the desired direction by applying practical steps to achieve a positive outcome.

However, to move beyond the physical into the higher spiritual realm we need the guidance of the Master.

Vijnanamayakosha also known as Intellectual Body, is related to our intellect, chitta and the senses. This is the layer of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is our understanding and appreciation of the fundamentals of life, the reality of things we perceive through our senses. We undertake a lot of analysis at this level and finally discriminate what is right and what is wrong for us personally. This layer can sometimes be referred to as our Higher Mind. Vijnanamayakosha is dealing with the present of here and now. We can access our higher perspective when we pause to reflect and introspect. We are likely to make wise decisions if we are willing to look within ourselves, connecting to our intuition and inner wisdom.

Anandamayakosha is also known as Bliss Body and is related to the feelings of love and joy. It is our unique personality, which is the result of the seed or impression of our previous births. This is a super conscious layer of our existence. However, according to Upanishad, awakening in anandamayakosha, or the realm of “experience” of ananda, is not the ultimate state. The ultimate is the experience of oneness with Super Consciousness. One who has this knowledge is free from bondage of death and rebirth and becomes liberated. The Eternal Master is the one who takes the true seekers on the path of ascension and freedom.

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