Getting Quiet: How Silence Allows Us to Hear

HOW SILENCE ALLOWS US TO HEAR In a world of constant busyness and unending stimulation, it can be hard to find the time to press pause. Between work, family, friends, TV, social media, and podcasts, when’s the last time you just sat in silence? But taking time to be quiet is so crucial to well-being. […]

Don’t Let Fear Spook You

DON’T LET FEAR SPOOK YOU: HOW TO CHANNEL IT FOR GOOD What are you afraid of? Even if you don’t have a phobia of spiders, or heights, or confined spaces, we all still have fears. Most people are scared of death, pain, and failure, to name a few. In fact, those fears drive a lot […]

Healing: Why replacing self-judgment with curiosity is the first step

HEALING: WHY REPLACING SELF-JUDGMENT WITH CURIOSITY IS THE FIRST STEP Many people come to yoga and meditation in search of healing. And nearly everyone is in the process of healing from something. It might be abusive relationships, eating disorders, difficult childhoods, or just feelings of low self-worth. The road to true healing can be a […]

How to Prioritize Friendships in a Busy World

HOW TO PRIORITIZE FRIENDSHIPS IN A BUSY WORLD By the time you reach your mid-twenties or so, some things about life start becoming clearer. One of those is that sad fact that it’s much harder to develop and maintain friendships as an adult than it ever was before. It’s not as easy to form a […]

Small Lifestyle Changes to Help Save Mother Earth

SMALL LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO HELP SAVE MOTHER EARTH Every time we open the news or social media, it seems like we’re bombarded with bad news about the environment. While it’s overwhelming to be faced with extreme weather, sinking coastlines, and plastic-filled oceans, it’s also empowering to know that we each can take meaningful steps to […]

Into Bliss: Anandamaya Kosha

INTO BLISS: ANANDAMAYA KOSHA You made it! We’ve reached the fifth, and innermost layer – Anandamaya Kosha. This is the “bliss body”. It is here where the veil is finest between our individual self and the central part of us that is one with all. In this subtlest of bodies, we experience a deep connection […]

Beyond the Mind: Vijnanamaya Kosha

BEYOND THE MIND: VIJNANAMAYA KOSHA In the last installment, we focused on exploring the Manomaya Kosha, or layer of thought processes. The fourth layer, Vijnanamaya Kosha, is less concrete than thought or thinking. This is the layer that allows us to observe and be the witness of our own lives. This layer is sometimes called […]

Thinking and Feeling: Manomaya Kosha

THINKING AND FEELING: MANOMAYA KOSHA While the Anamaya Kosha (physical layer) is fed by the five senses and the Pranamaya Kosha (Life Force/Subtle Body layer) is nourished with breath and light, the third layer, Manomaya Kosha, is nourished through sensory impression. Our body and life force feed what we think of as the mind with […]

The Space Between: Pranamaya Kosha

THE SPACE BETWEEN: PRANAMAYA KOSHA In our most recent exploration of the Physical layer, or Anamaya Kosha, we discovered that over 99% of our body is actually “empty” space. Just like the rest of the world around us, we are made of atoms, and atoms are 99.99% empty. So, what is going on in all […]

The Body we Live in: Anamaya Kosha

THE BODY WE LIVE IN: ANAMAYA KOSHA The Kosha or lens we are most familiar with as human beings is the Anamaya Kosha, or Physical body. This lens is made up of matter. The Upanishads say that the Anamaya Kosha is “a material body built from the food we eat.” Within this layer of our […]