The Five Koshas
1- Annamaya Kosha
2- Pranamaya KoshaPranamaya Kosha exists in the physical body, interactive and dependant. It is the vital shell that is full of life. The pranic flows are in the blood, lymphatic and nervous circulation. Breath is a life-principle and is a controllable expression. Through the regulation of the breath (Pranayama) other bodies can be positively influenced. This body can be made visible in high frequency photography (method by Kirlian). People with a special ability in seeing another persons aura can perceive this body with their naked eye. Basically it is the principle of life that distinguishes between living and dead matter. Maha Prana, the grand vital force is present in all aspects of the universe and pulses with its smallest elements. This shell survives the physical body only momentarily, for it is also transitory.
3- Manomaya Kosha
Manomaya Kosha, the inner organ is also interactive and dependant of the former two. It governs the faculties of perception and instinctual conciousness. It is the mind which can construct and destroy. It is our subconciousness that is formed by negative and positive experiences and where our Self has developed with its behaviour. Within this shell actions happen automatically and it dominates the outer shells. "Actions are mighty, thoughts are almighty" (Vivekananda). To activate this body the former two bodies should "freeze" through a deep relaxation (i.e. Yoga Nidra). With this technique deep sheath of our mind can be penetrated and negative programmings can be changed into positive and constructive ones. This process needs perseverance and constancy. This body is also transitory.