The hip bone’s connected to the knee bone…and to your emotions, wisdom, and bliss

Although many people today are first drawn to practice yoga or seek yoga therapy for physical reasons, they may be surprised by effects in seemingly unrelated areas of their lives.

In the piece highlighted below, yoga therapist Jaymie Meyer, C-IAYT, CWP, NBC-HWC, describes the panchamaya kosha model, which views the human system as an inextricably interrelated whole. This model explains why yoga’s effects ripple far beyond the physical:

“A trained yoga therapist views the human body as a holistic system. Much akin to the butterfly effect, which states that small and seemingly insignificant things occurring in one part of the world can have a significant impact elsewhere, the kosha model acknowledges the interconnectivity between all layers of body, mind, and spirit. Healing, growth, and self-realization is never linear. In fact, while healing may not occur in the physical body the way we might desire, it may manifest in other layers. The koshas provide a roadmap for this worthy and mysterious journey.”

Navigating Your Journey Using the Koshas


Considering people on all levels of the panchamaya kosha, or five sheaths, model is one of the unique ways yoga therapists assess clients.