In June, as part of our Teacher Training Intensive, we explored the topic, Energy Anatomy. The information was compiled from various sources mostly with origins in the Vedas (the ancient source texts of Indian philosophy). The Pranic Chakra and Nadi system of Yoga is similar to the Oriental Medicine depiction of Chi and Energy Meridians.
Koshas are a classification of the multi-dimensional attributes of the human being involving body, energy, mind, and spirit. A beautiful representation of the Kosha subdivisions can be seen in the artwork of Alex Grey, in his Sacred Mirrors exhibit. www.alexgrey.com
The Vayus are the categories of Prana as it relates to certain bodily functions and activities. During pranayama (yogic breath work) a primary goal is to enhance the body`s energy reserves by breathing exercises.
These subjects which have been understood for hundreds of years by Yoga practitioners are slowly being acknowledged by Western thinkers. Gradually we are transitioning into an understanding of “metaphysics” and the potential of this wisdom to enhance our well-being and spiritual evolution.