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According to the Taittirya Upanishad (appx 6th century BC), the human experience consists of 5 Koshas or bodies, which range from the grossest to the most refined: Physical body, energy-body, mental/emotional body, body of wisdom and insight, and the body of bliss. It is proposed that, only once we have transcended all the 5 layers, the pure consciousness, or the true Self can be experienced.

Our practice will explore the Koshas differently, aiming at empirical understanding that these bodies or layers are deeply intertwined aspects of our being, each one a variation of the expression of the true Self.

In any given human experience, the 5 bodies are in a state of constant synergism, and they are inextricable from one another. We will focus our attention to each one separately, in order to look into their unique significance, and especially into the nature of their interactions, eg. between the quality of the breath and the state of the mind.

But instead of seeking to transcend the body, energy, or our emotions in an effort to achieve the states of bliss and pure consciousness, we will seek to recognise the consciousness that already resides, as much inside each of the layers, that much inside the whole that they are constituting. From the bones, muscles and fascia, to the intelligently moving fluids, to our capacity to think, feel and make sense of our experience, even in the tiniest cell of our body, EVERYWHERE we look, we see that consciousness is elemental to all life! The sense of our essence comes not from trying to go beyond the Koshas, but from giving them our full presence, integration, and animation through breath and movement.

In-person: Mondays 5, 12, 19 December 18:30-20:30 / Perform Studio Vienna
Cost: 110 Euros, or 40 per session

Online: Thursdays 1, 8 and 15 December 18:00-19:45 CET
Cost: 70 Euros, or 25 per session

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For the original description of the Koshas see:
Easwaran, E (2007): The Upanishads, The blue mountain center for meditation, the Taittirya Upanishad: pg 252-253
For the contemporary exploration of the koshas see
Stone, M (2008): The Inner Tradition of Yoga, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Chapters 11 and 12