Pancha-Kosa: The Five Sheaths in Theory & Practice with John Thomas Casey & Lisa Walford

John Thomas Casey2 Saturday, March 16
11:30 AM – 2:45 PM

All levels

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Sat, March 16  $85

Join us to read, discuss, and practice the wisdom of the Bliss of Brahman chapter of the Taittiriya Upanishad. In his spiritual masterpiece, Light on Life, Sri Iyengar chose to organize his thoughts along the lines of this brilliant paradigm. As he wrote in Astadala Yogamala, “This Upanishad is the first scripture which reveals the five sheaths or envelopes that cover the light of the Self.”

For the serious yoga practitioner, the pancha (five) – kosa model is as relevant today as it was twenty-five centuries ago, skillfully weaving the inner connections linking body, breath, mind, consciousness, and spirit. The Taittiriya is the earliest classical text which introduces the term “yoga” in a spiritual context. In this mini-seminar, John will distribute and introduce the root text and Lisa will translate this into an asana practice.

We will all then together transcend the physical and conceptual realms and attune to the spiritual essence of life revealed in silent meditation.

John Thomas Casey has been a Yoga scholar-practitioner since 1971, and holds a doctorate in Asian and Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i. John has taught courses on World Religions, Sanskrit language, Buddhism, and Yoga Studies at local colleges, while also helping to establish the MA program in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Lisa WalfordLisa Walford teaches internationally and has taught in the Los Angeles area for over thirty years. She is certified Intermediate Senior II.