Along with pranamaya kosha, the other koshas are:
- Annamaya kosha - the physical body
- Manomaya kosha - the mental body
- Vijnanamaya kosha - the wisdom body
- Anandamaya kosha - the bliss body
Pranamaya kosha is what unites the body and mind. Prana enters the body via nourishment and breath. As such, an important way of working with pranamaya kosha is to perform pranayama, or breathing exercises. These are believed to have a positive effect on the energy system of the body.
Pranayama kosha, like all the koshas, is interactive and dependent upon the other layers of the body. As such, working with pranayama can also positively influence other koshas. Similarly, performing asanas, although considered to primarily influence annamaya kosha, will also have a positive affect on pranamaya kosha.