Kosha Model: Overview

September 27, 2013    BY Rolf Sovik

We are fundamentally spiritual beings covered in sheaths of various densities! These coverings or aspects of our being are called koshas, and this kosha model of the human personality provides a roadmap for working with ourselves at every level through yoga. Moving from outer to inner and grossest to most subtle, the five koshas are the physical or food covering, the covering made of living energy (prana), the mind or mental covering, the ability to discriminate, and the covering made of bliss, which is very close to our pure being (atman).

Rolf Sovik
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga:... Read more>>