ANNAMAYA KOSHA FLOW
According to Yoga anatomy we are composed of 5 sheaths or ‘Koshas’.
The analogy most commonly used is that of a lamp, plugged in, light on with 5 lamp shades wrapped around it. At the centre of the five layers represented in this case by the light- is Atman or The Self.
As we cleanse each of the five layers we help them to harmonise and coordinate with one another. Generating an overall feeling of wellness and integration.
This week we focus on the first and outermost layer of the 5.
Anna- literally translates as ‘Food’. Maya- Illusion and Kosha- Sheath (or body)
This layer of our being is the physical form or vessel that we inhabit for our lifetime. So the focus of this sequence is settling into a close awareness with this body we inhabit, grounding down and finding steadiness or a sense of earth.
As a gift- give this incredible body your full attention for 40 minutes. Watching it, sensing it and truly listening. Then, see if you can respond with absolutely kindness to anything that comes up.
The Hasta (hand) Mudra used throughout the sequence is Ganesha Mudra. Named so after the Hindu Deity with the head of an elephant and the body of a boy. Ganesha is considered to be ‘the remover of obstacles’, powerful and wise. Richard Freeman suggested that you can imagine Ganesha sitting at the base of the pelvis which i always think is quite a fun grounding visualisation. Ganesha's chariot is a tiny mouse which in most depictions of him is somewhere by his foot. My own interpretation of this is that despite his strength, he also knows how to be delicate and considerate.
2 Things to consider with regards to Annamaya Kosha:
-Consider the food you really enjoy eating and that you feel genuinely nourishes you. Could you plan a meal this week which intuitively feels like it truly feeds this sheath of your being?
-When doing this online sequence, or when practising in class, make the promise to give this body your attention and treat it as a good friend. With Ganesha in mind- challenging it when suitable and noticing when it would be wiser to soften and ease back. Sounds easy....
I hope you enjoy the video.
It was done with much love, A x
Headstand Photo: Manuel Vazquez