3-Week Morning Challenge:
‘Between Body and Wisdom – Dedication to the 5 Koshas’ with Naomi

May 13-31, 2019
Mon-Fri 8.30-10.00
Studio Sonne; Sonnenallee 67

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Who are you? What are you made of? Are you your body? Your thoughts? Your ideology? Your feelings? Your profession? Your vibe? Is one more important to you than the others? The yoga philosophy sees the human self through five layers – The 5 Koshas. These layers are thought of as different dynamic covers that wrap and hide our unchangeable soul – our innermost layer. Yoga in that sense is the practice of uncovering, of revealing our true nature.

In this 3-week morning challenge, we will travel through the 5 layers of the self, moving from the physical into the subtle and back. We will explore the 5-koshas model of the self through asana, meditation and theory and will look at the relationship between the different layers of our being.

Week 1
What are the 5 Koshas?
How do they relate to my practice? How do they relate to my life outside of yoga?
Exploring the first Kosha: Annamaya Kosha (the physical body)

Week 2
Getting in touch with the second and third Koshas: Pranamaya Kosha (the energy body), Manomaya Kosha (the mind)
Practicing pranayama and mindfulness meditation

Week 3
Exploring the two innermost Koshas: Vijnanamaya kosha (intellect) and Anandamaya Kosha (bliss)
How is the mind different from my intellect? How are my thoughts different from my wisdom? What is bliss? Do I want that?
How do the 5 Koshas relate to each other and how can we integrate that learning into our daily life?

This morning challenge is open to all levels. Please bring a small notebook and a pen for your notes.

Naomi Mark has been into dance and movement since childhood and entered the world of yoga in 2005. At that time, she worked for Physicians for Human Rights and was involved in a range of political struggles, mainly with prisoners and refugees’ rights in Israel. Naomi completed her first 200h yoga teacher training in the vinyasa yoga school in Rishikesh (India), the second 300h course in Om yoga by Cyndi Lee in Berlin and a yin yoga training at yoga with yin in Estonia.