Embarking on a multi-layered journey inwards

The Koshas of Your Being Yoga Retreat : Journey through the five koshas

​20-26 May 2019 & 28 May-3 June 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to Rustic Retreats for a journey through the five Koshas.

The Koshas or the layers of our being, map out a path inwards and lead to the very essence of who we are. They have been described as the gateways to the soul and lead to a life of conscious existence and peace. The five sheaths were described in the 6th Century BC in an ancient yoga text called the Taittiriya Upanishad:

“Human beings consist of a material body built from the food they eat. Those who care for this body are nourished by the universe itself. Inside this is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. Those who treat this vital force as divine, experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.

Within the vital force is yet another body, this one made of thought energy. It fills the two denser bodies and has the same shape. Those who understand and control the mental body are no longer afflicted by fear.

Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect. It permeates the three denser bodies and assumes the same form. Those who establish their awareness here free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.

Hidden inside it is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy. It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. It is experienced as happiness, delight, and bliss.”

To understand and to therefore permeate these bodies is to take a multi-layered journey toward pure awareness and absolute bliss.

Sounds yummy doesn’t it?!

I am so excited about this retreat, not only is it in one of my favourite places in the whole world but I get to share this wonderful journey. It will unequivocally leave everyone feeling awake yet calm, energised yet grounded, confident, nourished, happy and content! ​​

In the glorious hills of Bagend, with only the sound of the birds, the bees and maybe the odd goat, we will explore mantra meditation, sankalpas, inversions, beautiful pranayamas and so much more. I literally can’t wait!!

If you fancy a little pre-read, click on the link below. Also don’t forget to bring a journal.


OM Shanti. Anna xx

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