yoga philosophy made simple

a guide to key concepts

At first glance, the ancient yogic and vedic scriptures can look pretty daunting, especially with so many Sanskrit words that have no direct English translation. However, as we examine the reality behind the words, we find incredibly useful tools for both our spiritual journey and our everyday lives.

Below are links to short articles (which I’m gradually adding to) on some of the key ideas, such as the Gunas and the koshas. I hope they will bring clarity and a new depth of understanding of your unchanging Being.


If you’ve heard of the gunas, but haven’t done much practice with them, you probably have a few questions. Here, I talk about how to understand what is meant by the qualities of nature known as sattwa, rajas and tamas. And why you might want to learn about them at all!

In non-dual and Yoga philosophy, the Five Koshas are the five levels of ‘sheaths’ (a bit like the layers of an onion) that make up the human experience. They aren’t an academic description, though, but more like a step by step process to see you aren’t the limited mind/body mixture you normally identify yourself as, but are eternal, unlimited Pure Consciousness.

Have you ever been confused by the fact that different vedic and yogic texts seem to describe your body and energy systems differently? For example, some sources state that there are five chakras, some seven, others a hundred and fourteen! And how does this fit with the five koshas and the three gunas?