As well as manomaya kosha, the other koshas are:
- Annamaya kosha - the physical body
- Pranamaya kosha - the energy body
- Vijnanamaya kosha - the wisdom body
- Anandamaya kosha - the bliss body
Manomaya kosha is governed by thoughts in the mind, which are considered to have the power to both construct and destroy. Within manomaya kosha, thoughts and actions happen automatically, without conscious control. It takes care of our basic needs and desires, such as those for safety, security and protection.
Manomaya kosha, like all the koshas, is interactive and dependent on the other layers of the body. Because the mind is powerful, it can dominate the outer sheaths of annamaya kosha and pranamaya kosha. This is said to be especially true for yogis in the Western world who tend to be mind-orientated. One way of working with manomaya kosha is to release or transcend the two outer sheaths through yoga nidra. This is said to allow the programming of the mind to be penetrated and negative patterns to be released.