The third sheath we will focus on of the Kosha system is the Manomaya Kosha. Mano refers to the mind and Maya means made-of, so we are studying here, the instinctual consciousness that holds our thoughts, perception, emotions and desire in the interactive layers of our Kosha system. Interactive because Manomaya is dependent on the other layers of the system but as we know, the mind is powerful and it can dominate the outer sheaths of Anamaya and Pranamaya.
This sheath is where our personality and ego reside. It creates the stories and illusion of the separate “I”, “me”, “mine” and “you” or “other”. The Manomaya is governed by thoughts in the mind, which are considered to have power to both construct and destroy your reality. We as Yogis know that the mind is the forerunner of reality. What you think and feel, your world becomes.
In this practice we will focus on two ideas to explore and shape our Manomaya Kosha; that of Managni – the mental fire and digestion of sensory impressions and Manipura – the will, power and ambition to fulfil our purpose. This practice will utilise forward bends and twists using binding techniques to enable you to hold your attention to what is at the forefront of your mind. Our goal is to produce transparency and clarity with Managni and Manipura and create a path for a healthy and balanced Manomaya Kosha sustained and nurtured by your practice.