Meta Yoga’s Wheel of Life is based on ancient Yoga and traditional Vedanta texts. It is a model of the aspects of an individual’s life called the 5 sheaths which are the coverings that prevent an individual from seeing one’s wholeness. They function as disguises blocking the greatness about one’s nature.
The 5 Sheaths, are called in Sanskrit pancha-maya-kosha. They are defined below:
- Anna-maya- kosha – The food sheath, is the physical body where one identifies in error with one’s totality as the body, such as, “I am fat” or “I am thin” or “My knee hurts and I am in pain”.
- Prana-maya-kosha – The vital energy sheath is the physiology or functioning of the available energy of the body. Here one identifies in error with one’s totality as one’s level of vital energy such as, “I feel sick, therefore I am sick” or “I feel tired, therefore I am old and sick.”
- Mano- maya-kosha – The emotional sheath is the doubting faculty in the mind where one identifies in error with one’s totality as one’s emotional state, for example, “I am too stressed out to think clearly or “I am fed up” or “I am angry”.
- Vijana-maya-kosha – The intellectual sheath is the decisive faculty, where the will is identified in error with one’s totality as a willful thought such as “I can overcome any challenge” or “I know what’s so”.
- Ananda – maya – kosha – The sheath of fullness occurs in a moment of joy where one identifies in error with one’s totality as feeling good or whole as one’s ultimate reality. It is in that moment of the passing of joy that the feelings of dismay and upset shows one is experiencing this sheath and not seeing one’s wholeness which is not affected by passing experiences and perceptions in time.