Winter Term 2: “Inside Out – Exploring the Pancha Maya Kosha”
Inside Out – Exploring the Pancha Maya Kosha
Yoga philosophy teaches us that the individual spirit or atman operates through five bodies or sheaths called the Pancha Maya Kosha. This concept, explained in the Taittiriya Upanishad, gives us a map to help us understand more about our true self.
We are multi-layered beings, from our physical bodies to our subtle bliss bodies. The physical body is our external self, our outer peel. As we strip away each layer, we are said to expose a slightly more subtle sheath each time. The innermost core is the self, or the atman.
Each sheath is said to be transcended through yogic practices. This term, as we work through the sheaths, we will aim to stop identifying ourselves with these layers, and try to begin to recognize that our true and real self is beyond these five layers.
Join us this term as we work towards a deeper understanding of the layers of our being, through a balanced practice incorporating Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
Term dates: 15, 22, 29 January and 5, 12, 19 February 2019
Come and join me for the perfect way to melt into your weekend! What better way to end the week than to allow yourself time to be still, and to yield slowly to the support of the floor?
Are you exhausted by the end of the week, looking for a way to connect compassionately with yourself? Do you want to develop your meditative practice and find a way to be still with yourself?
Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets and applies moderate stress to the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes, allowing the body to softly yield to the floor, whilst we work on turning our attention inwards and accept the emotions which arise as we find stillness.
The practice of Yin is an opportunity for communicating in a sweeter and more compassionate way with ourselves. Within the safety and softness of the poses we are better able to send and receive our heart’s messages, to fortify the parts of us that need attention and to encourage a greater understanding of ourselves in this world.
Friday night dates: 11 January, 22 February, 5 April, 24 May, 5 July, 6 September, 18 October, 29 November 2019
Contact us to book a space this term or a Yin Yoga class space by calling 07930 988894, e-mailing us at email@example.com or message us via the Facebook page Yoga with Michaela/search @yogimichaela