When we observe around us, we notice the five elements in nature which surround us- Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. The same five elements exist in our body. The percentage of each element differs in every individual. These different proportions cause a disturbance in our body.
All the factors are related to each other, based on their nature and properties. Some elements love each other and are supportive and nurturing of each other. For example, Earth and water are compatible and same with earth and fire. Some elements are not compatible, like fire and water. Too much heat in the body will create inflammation, while too much water can dampen fire and cause indigestion.
Human Body and Five elements
Human body structured governed by different elements:
- A solid structure such as bones, skin, tissue, and hair represents earth form.
- Water forms urine, blood, sweat.
- Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
- Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
- Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.
Balance is a key to a happy and healthy life. When these all elements are out of balance in our body, it results in disease and suffering.
Practicing five elements through Pranayama
Our breath, air element, also known as prana is our life force. That’s why air element is most powerful to clean toxins from our body. When practicing yoga, we focus on the breath. The reason is, to the circulation of breath in our entire body, purify us. Teaching the proper use of breathing during Asanas and including Pranayama practice into our routine daily increase both our lightness and our inner power.
Therefore, knowledge of the five elements is an essential pre-requisite for more advanced yoga practice.
Mamtamai Shree Radhe Guru Maa says, “By practicing yoga Asanas, Pranayama and Kriyas purify these elements and restore balance and good health.”