The world and everything within it, including us, is made up of the five elements, which are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. In yoga terms they are referred to as 'Tattvas' and in Sanskrit this means 'element’ or ‘reality’.
Through our yoga practice we can use the theme of elements to explore each quality and find balance and harmony. Integrating the five elements into our life is important for our mind, body and wellbeing, to gain higher levels of consciousness and spiritual fulfilment.
Yoga and the Five Elements
Over the next five weeks we will be exploring each element in turn.
Week 1 - Earth - Prithvi
To help balance a busy life we need to integrate the earth element. Explore getting grounded with poses that help you feel rooted, finding connection in balances and cultivate calmness in the mind.
Week 2 - Water - Jal
This element brings in movement, cleansing and clearing. We start to feel we are able to express ourselves calmly and smoothly. Explore hip opening poses that create mobility, and sequences that flow from one pose to another.
Week 3 - Fire - Agni
Deals with digestion, assimilation and spiritual growth. Building fire and heat is a key to creating power, change and resolve. Poses that help engage the core and challenge you develop courage and determination.
Week 4 - Air - Vayu
Refers to the breath and the creating space in the body. The breath is the basis of all yoga and carries the prana throughout the body and the universe. In poses its our ability to move and expand freely as noticing this as we move.
Week 5 - Space - Akasha
Space or ether is the place from which our consciousness arises and space represents our mind. By focusing our awareness in the body and the pose we start to connect with the ether element.
Photos From This Months Classes
When we create peace, harmony and balance in our minds we will find it in our lives.
This Months Music
Here's the usual selection of music that Vicky has been listening to this month.
|Krishna Das||Prema Chalisa|
|Earth's Embrace||Christopher Lloyd Clarke|
|Ty Burhoe/Bill Douglas||Tides of the Soul|
|Jai Uttal||Golden Gauri|
|Michael Mandrell/Benjy Wertheimer||The Breath Inside the Breath|
|Kenio Fuke||Magical Land|
|Sacred Earth||Breathing Space|