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Exploring the Koshas and Associated Elements

The yoga tradition (see Gaudapada’s Mandukya Karika, referring to the Taittireya Upanishad) teaches that we are made up of Koshas, or layers of being.  Shankara said that a Kosha is like a sheath that holds a sword, and the more gross sheaths contain the more subtle ones in succession like russian nesting dolls. In the Koshas we find the many layers of ourselves, encompassing the physical body, the energy body, the mind, the heart, and the pure delight of existence itself. 


The seat of our awareness can move between the various layers, allowing us to perceive life and ourselves more fully. As we do so, our vantage point shifts and deepens, and with it all of our perceptions.  The map of the koshas and associated elements help us to know how the Divine One manifests into form and flows back into the consciousness of unity.


Join us for a dynamic journey into the Koshas - the five layers/sheaths of awareness and the elements embodied within each. This video series includes an introduction to the philosophy of the Koshas, a guided Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) that takes you through these layers, a video that highlights a yoga asana practice for each of the layers and elements, and a full gentle-moderate 1.5 hour yoga asana class that weaves together the whole exploration. 

These Embodyoga® videos will take you on a spiralic journey through annamaya kosha (earth element), pranamaya kosha (water element), manomaya kosha (fire element), vijñanamaya (air element), and anandamaya kosha (ether element). Throughout the journey we invoke the ultimate presence of the indwelling One, helping you to perceive yourself and the nature of reality more clearly.


The videos are appropriate for: 

  • Anyone seeking self-understanding and deeper embodiment

  • Yoga practitioners of all levels, abilities and traditions

  • Those seeking to join yoga philosophy with embodied experience

The series 
*This series dives deep into a Kosha workshop previously taught and recorded over zoom. The price has been adjusted to reflect the recording quality.
  • Introduction Video

  • 1. Intro to Koshas & Yoga Nidra Practice (50 minutes)

  • 2. Tadasana/Mountain Pose Inquiry (16 minutes)

  • 3. Anamaya Kosha and Earth (16 minutes)

  • 4. Pranamaya Kosha and Water (12 minutes)

  • 5. Manomaya Kosha and Fire (18 minutes)

  • 6. Vijanamaya Kosha and Air (22 minutes)

  • 7. Anandamaya Kosha and Space (21 minutes)

  • 8. Elemental Bija/Seed Sounds and Savasana (18 minutes)

  • 9. Gentle Embodyoga Class for the Koshas.  (90 minutes)

    • This workshop blends the teachings of the other videos into one fluid class to take the practitioner on a journey through the koshas and elements

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Corinne Andrews

she/her, E-RYT 500


Corinne is the owner/director of Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts, the founder of Birthing Mama® and a yoga teacher to people of all ages and abilities since 2003.  Corinne teaches weekly drop-in yoga classes, prenatal yoga classes, awakening through grief yoga therapy classes and private yoga sessions for overall wellness using the wisdom of yoga and ayurveda.  

As a senior Embodyoga® teacher, she is the lead teacher of the yearly 100Hr Embodyoga® In-Depth Study, 200Hr Embodyoga® Teacher Training and the 90Hr Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Training. 

She is also the author of the new book Birthing Mama: Your Companion For A Wholistic Pregnancy

You can read more about Corinne, the space she holds and details about classes and trainings HERE

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