By Swami Harshananda
Prāṇamayakośa literally means ‘the sheath of prāṇa or life’.
It is the pañcaprāṇas or the five vital airs, along with the karmendriyas or organs of action, that constitute the prāṇamayakośa. They cover the soul like a sheath, hiding its real nature, which is caitanya or consciousness.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore