Since the earliest teachings on yoga, the body-mind is described as having five coverings or casings, called koshas. Like a tree or plant that has progressively more subtle layers from outer bark to pithy interior, the koshas move from outer to inner and from gross to subtle.
In this course we study the anatomical and energetic attributes of each sheath. The first sheath is correlate with food and the outer fascia, the second with breath, the third with thoughts and sensations, and the fourth with the wisdom of the deep fascia. The innermost layer is correlate with the brain and spinal cord and the body of delight.
Through contemplative practice, yoga postures, SATYA (Sensory Awareness for Yoga) and pranayama, we will journey through each stratum, refining and clarifying the subtle body as we go. Layer by layer, we generate greater luminosity and clarity, ultimately yoking to the Source that dwells perpetually in the interior. Each day will include anatomical study, investigation of the wisdom teaching, dynamic and recuperative asana practice, and meditation.
Known as the “food sheath”, the first layer is all about moving through the outer layer of myofascia, skin and fatty tissue. In this day we review the importance of diet to build a protective layer, one that is both firm but supple.
The “breath sheath” involves the circulation of blood and breath through all the tissues of the body. In this class we practice SATYA, light vinyasa and pranayama to help circulate the prana through all the nadis.
In this day on the “mind sheath” we track the way thoughts, perceptions and feelings pass through the nerves, fascia and fluid channels. When we work with the “mind” of the posture we practice distributing awareness everywhere through the body.
In this class on the “wisdom sheath” we tap the inherent intelligence of the deep fascia and the nervous system. This layer is about increasing discernment and perceptivity within the connective tissues.
The “sheath of delight” is the innermost layer that relates to spaciousness, ease, tranquility and heart felt presence. In this class we practice movements that help tap into an unconfined awareness.
When: Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 | 9:30am – 12:30pm Mountain Time
Cost: $725 + tax
**Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams. All course materials are available for 90 days.
**This course is good for 30 Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance, and can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.
**Included in registration is access to 3 bonus Prajna Live classes on Tuesdays, October 31, and November 7 and 14.
**Have your props handy! We recommend two blocks, blankets, a thick bolster, an 8’ or 10’ belt/strap, and a backless Iyengar chair (modifications will be given if you do not have a chair). We recommend yogaoutlet.com and Manduka for props; backless chairs can be found on Amazon and Etsy.