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Annamaya Kosha: The Physical Body

Annamaya Kosha refers to the physical body, what sages referred to as the food sheath, as it is comprised of the food we ingest from the earth. Eventually, as our physical bodies demise & return to the earth, it will also become food for other creatures. For this reason, in this section we discuss the flesh & anatomical composition of the human body as it relates to our asana practice.

Asana

“A steady & comfortable seat.” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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The earth element is associated with the Muladhara, or root, chakra.
The water element is associated with the Svadhisthana, or sacral, chakra.

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The fire element is associated with the Manipura, or solar plexus, chakra.
The air element is associated with the Anahata, or heart, chakra.

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The space element is associated with the Vishuddha, or throat, chakra.

Learning to fly with tangled wings

Balance is our intention

Asanas are the movements & postures of our physical body. Our body is the vehicle in which our consciousness, soul, & truth resides. By developing an understanding of the body, we ask the question of “where” & work through any imbalances as they present themselves in our physical form. As it relates to our asana practice, each of the 5 natural elements correspond to energetic focal points in the physical body, also known as Chakras. Our goal is to balance the associated energies at each focal point & holistically by working the physical body at those locations. Our intention in this practice is to consciously inhabit the physical body & sense it from within.

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The body

Most yoga classes start in the middle. That is, with an expectation, or image, to be attained via the given pose.

Here’s the pose, but if you can’t do that, here’s how to modify.’

By approaching in this light, we minimize the emphasis on the  experience or sensation as the intent of the pose. At Learning to Fly with Tangled Wings, we emphasize the sensation of the stretch & progress on to more challenging variations as our bodies open & proper form allows

Below we discuss micro-movements & mobility exercises that help us prepare for accessible postures as it relates to each dynamic yoga pose.