PRANAMAYA KOSHA FLOW
The 2nd of 5 Sheaths- Pranamaya is an expression of what is observed across many philosophies as the life force that animates us.
We live in a world which is pulsing and brimming with movement and aliveness. We are each micro versions of that swirling alongside and within this extensive field.
In Chinese medicine it could be understood as Chi, in Western medicine perhaps Electromagnetism.
In whatever way you understand it best, it’s something most of us can relate to through the experience of being alive.
In yoga philosophy this aspect of us is interlaced with the breath and the emotions. The fascinating relationship between these two and the nervous system probably goes a long way to explaining what ancient yogis understood intuitively. I find it interesting that pranayama kosha is simultaneously a subtle, abstract aspect of us and at the same time deeply somatic and felt.
In the sequence that accompanies this post the focus is on the breath which not only feeds the millions of cells we inhabit, but engages is in a direct relationship with our surroundings too.
This allows us to easily expand the understanding of our individual energetic field outwards.
Drop a pebble in the pond and see the ripples spread. Microcosm, microcosm.
Lastly the mudra for the sequence which links to this post is Buddhi Mudra- relating to flow and water.
I enjoy linking Pranamaya Kosha to this mudra as something about the way the breath ripples through our physical form, our cells dancing and vibrating has a water like flow to it.
It's also a fun one in a sequence as the whole of the wrist and arm is free so you can really explore moving the entire upper body with this mudra and see how it feels.
Really and truly, whenever there's an opportunity for a bit of free dance we should probably go with it right?
2 Things to consider with regards to Pranamaya Kosha:
-What does the expression 'life force' mean to you?
-Rehearse a sequence you know well in your mind.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, it could be moving cat or a sun salutation. Then literally do this rehearsed movement, does it feel like you are moving or being moved?
What is the experience of this force that animates you?
I hope you enjoy the video- as always, it's done with much heart. A x
Photo: Carys Maggie Lavin