In today's hectic world, time for yourself is a scarcity. We at Kosha first started doing yoga to relieve the stress from our lives. After a few weeks of practice yoga brought more than peace to our minds. Our bodies started to feel better and our minds became clearer. Each practice brought a new insight, and left us craving more. At the end, however; our lives were still hectic with work, school, and relationships. Yoga helps us handle the chaos of the world, but it doesn't take it away. We didn't like how after yoga we had to worry about vigorously disinfecting our mat and towels. It required more time than we had to give. That is why we created Kosha. Because just like yoga is meant to leave you focusing on yourself, yoga accessories should do the same. While yoga has been around for over 5,000 years, the addition of accessories should be able to transform with the changing of times. We at Kosha want to help with the cleaning and care of yoga accessories by making it more convenient and easier on your life.
The word Kosha in Yogic philosophy means sheath (layer). The name not only describes the physicality of our product, but also what we believe yoga helps us to achieve. It is the belief that to each person there are five layers that need to be explored individually before a person can discover their Atman (self). Yoga is not just doing poses, the goal is to bring the body and mind together and discover self realization during this connection. Visually, think of it as peeling back each layer of an onion in order to get to its core.
The five Koshas of Atman from outward to inward are:
1. Physical: Anna-maya kosha
The physical food body. Your skin, muscle, tissues, bone, and organs
2. Energy: Prana-maya kosha
The breath body. Your circulatory and respiratory systems.
3. Mental: Mana-maya kosha
The thoughts and awareness.
4. Wisdom: Vijnana-maya kosha
Reflect aspect of our consciousness.
5. Bliss: Ananda-maya kosha
Feeling of wholeness and integration
The Five Layers
These layers are just mayas or appearances, and it is the inner discovery of these layers where we find who we truly are.
Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati analogizes how our Koshas work best:
We humans are like a lamp that has five lampshades over our light. Each of the lampshades is a different color and density. As the light shines through the lampshades, it is progressively changed in color and nature. It is a bitter-sweet coloring. On the one hand, the shades provide the individualized beauty of each lamp. Yet, the lampshades also obscure the pure light. The Yoga path of Self-realization is one of progressively moving inward, through each of those lampshades, so as to experience the purity at the eternal center of consciousness, while at the same time allowing that purity to animate through our individuality.