Topic: Pancha Mayas

Date:

August 6, 2017

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Yoga Theory, Yoga Therapy

The Many Dimensions of a Human Being

The Pancha Mayas or the Five Sheaths Do you agree that there is more to you than meets the eye?  That you are more than just this flesh and bones?  We have feelings, thoughts, memories.  Our awareness of these other dimensions of reality is what makes us different from animals.  It is our unique privilege to have the ability to perceive reality beyond our senses, and by denying ourselves this privilege we violate something sacred – our right to fulfill our full po...

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Date:

November 25, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy

Neuroplasticity - Ananda Maya

In the previous blog we talked about how social programming often determines the way we feel, act, and think. It is the layer of us where we obtain and develop a sense of belonging, our place in the social matrix, the roles we play there, and our Dharma - or ways we contribute to it. In the domain of the Ananda Maya we can transcend further, into a realm of pure joy and contentment, by rewiring our brain. Let's take a look at what neuroplasticity is. ...

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Date:

November 19, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy

The Social Matrix - Vijnana Maya

To one degree or another, we are all a product of our upbringing, our personal experiences, genetics, and ingrained social expectations. I am constantly amazed at how much those things influence my daily life, my attitudes towards people and things, my views on events. Some of this "social programming" I have chosen consciously, some, I am sure, I am not even aware of. The stuff that I am aware of, however, is vast, powerful, occasionally overwhelming, always fascinating. Vijnana is transla...

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Date:

November 12, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy

Beautiful Mind - Mano Maya

We are continuing a series of discussions about the many dimensions of a human being. We have talked about the physical body, the Ana Maya , the Emotional dimension, Prana Maya , and are now moving on to the Mano Maya - the Mental body, our Mind. The next blog will be devoted to the social/cultural conditioning - Vijnana Maya, and the series will end with the Ananda Maya, the Bliss body, or our spiritual realm. As was already mentioned before in this series, all the dimensions are inter-d...

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Date:

November 5, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy

The Emotional Body - Prana Maya

In the previous post we talked about the body, Ana Maya as physical health in many of its manifestations - positive body image, healthy and attractive physique coupled with acceptance of one's flaws and a desire for self-improvement. In this blog we will cover the emotional body - Prana Maya, which is yet another important resource that makes our life more fulfilling. And one word comes to mind particularly when I think of this layer of the human being - LOVE - because love in all of its mani...

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Date:

October 29, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy

Body Positive in Yoga - Ana Maya

In my previous blog on the many dimensions of a human being I talked about the Ana Maya as the body of food as the most gross, rudimentary fabric making up a human being. I talked about the more subtle layers, such as the Prana Maya , Mano Maya, Vijnana and Ananda Mayas, the energetic bodies, which animate the physical body. I described the Pancha Maya Kosha model from the Eastern perspective, moving from the more subtle layers to the more tangible ones, with the Ana Maya being last. However...

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Date:

October 23, 2016

Topics:

Pancha Mayas, Philosophy, Yoga Theory

Pancha Maya Koshas - what comes first, the body, or the soul?

The whole purpose of Yoga is to learn who we are, because if we know who we are, then we will be able to live more fulfilling lives, be able to solve the problems that we have, and maybe, who knows, be content. The Pancha Maya Kosha model is one way of examining ourselves to gain a deeper understanding of who we are. Pancha means five. Maya means "dimensions" or "layers". Koshas means "container." The ancient Yogic view of the human being is that there is more than just the physical body,...

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Anna Mikheeva has been practicing Yoga for eighteen years and holds a 700-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification.  As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher at the 500 level, her goal is to help her students discover the joy of every movement and breath.

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