There are five sheaths or koshas. Over the last two weeks we have been focusing on Annamaya Kosha, the physical body. and now we’re moving on to Pranamaya Kosha, the energy sheath. This one joins with Annamaya Kosha to form the Gross or Dense Body, and is supported by the practice of pranayama.
We’re going to begin with the Complete Yoga Breath, Mahat Pranayama. Then we’ll sit for the practice of Kapalabhati. (This is the skull-shining breath. It clears the head and does a wonderful job of toning the abdomen!)
We’ll work with butterfly knees, rocking buddha, Merudandasana and the beautiful tortoise, and then we’ll rest while working with Ujjayi Pranayama.
On to the mermaid now, and then to the variation on the swan, Hamsasana, which is our challenge pose of this half-term.
We’ll use downward dog as a transition pose to standing and there we will practise the Tree of Life Breath done with Ujjayi Pranayama.
Let’s move on to Warrior 2, allowing it to lead us into Triangle. And now for a balance!
Back down to the mat through the squat and we’ll practise the Bee Breath, Bhramari.
For the meditation we’ll try Sama Vritti Pranayama, the square breath, remembering that it is Pranayama that supports the Pranamaya Kosha.
Relaxation will be Anu Loma Viloma Kriya, which works with the energy sheath.
The reading this week is an old Hindu Rhyme.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti