Knowing ourselves at every level is the goal of yoga practice. Originally described in the Taittiriya Upanishad, the panchamaya kosha model describes the five (pancha) sheaths or coverings (koshas) that obscure our core being—pure consciousness. For a student of yoga, the kosha model becomes a powerful road map for moving inward and allows us to understand ourselves in a deeper, more complex way.

In this six-part series, Sandra Anderson describes each of the five koshas, and explains how each layer of our being is deeply interconnected and interpenetrating. Tune in to discover how yogic tools allow us to work with the koshas, helping us to expand our awareness of our mental and physical layers and improve our overall health and well-being.