Yogic models of anatomy are a little different to Western models. They are a lot less specific about muscles and bones and tend to incorporate more levels of a person - emotional ones too.
It's fitting then, that one of the foundational models of yogic anatomy (which our Anatomy Trainees learn about in addition to the very important muscles, nerves and bones) is called the Five Levels: Panca Maya.
These appear in a scripture known as the Taittriya Upanishad.
The Five Levels are:
- Annamaya level (Physical)
- Pranamaya level (Vital)
- Manomaya level (Intellectual mind)
- Vijnanamaya level (Personality)
- Anandamaya level (Heart)
You'll notice that the heart is at the very centre of this model: representing emotions but also relationships with yourself and the world around you.
To explore your Heart Level (Ananda Maya), here are a few questions for journalling or self-reflection:
- Am I happy in my relationship with myself?
- My family life?
- Intimate life?
- Work relationships?
- My relationship with the world around me: the environment?
- Do any areas need attention?
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