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Yoga off the Mat

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Valerie Dicker Interview

When we practice the physical postures of Yoga, something HAPPENS.

Amongst the physical BENEFITS are for example increased flexibility and strength, the organs get toned and increased balance, however something else gets touched or ignited on a deeper level. But what else goes on?

According to HINDU philosophy, human beings have 5 bodies, known as the 5 KOSHAS, layers or veils. The first one, our physical body, can be measured and weighed, as we go deeper the finer levels get more delicate, and more refined, until we reach the soul level, which we know is there, but can’t be measured with any human instrument.

The 5 KOSHAS are:

The physical body

The energetic body-our chakras or energy points, the concentration of nerve plexus of the brain and spinal cord.

The mental body, our temperament and previous conditioning

The intellect, our brain -where we can think and choose, and are forever working to overcome the above mental body with consciousness.

The soul body, our spiritual dimension, it can be reached in meditation, the deepest level of the connection to the self.

When we practice Yoga, the COMBINATION of these 5 bodies that gets ignited and balanced. In my first ever Yoga class, something happened to me that I could never figure out, now it all makes sense, I was touched on a deeper level. That feeling of inner connection is what brings me back to my mat day after day!

 

 

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