Elemental Yoga Practice

We have yin and yang, which are the all-encompassing balancing energies within and around us. These components can further be broken down into 5 elements, within and around us.

The 5 elements of ancient India and Ayurveda are slightly different to the ones in ancient China and Oriental Medicine, but they are really just talking about similar things. There might be slight differences in their terminology and groupings, but their individual systems should be looked at as a whole. What I mean is that, when looking at the 5 element systems of Ayurveda we should see it as a functional whole; when looking at the 5 element systems of Oriental Medicine we should do the same. Both are systems used to understand, and bring about, a balance within and without. In both traditions it’s about comparing our inner elements, and their interactions, with those of our earth. These philosophies have developed over thousands of years of observations of our surroundings, our bodies and the interactions between the two.

I’m now going to explain the how the 5 Elements can be incorporated into our Yoga practices, by looking at the ‘spirit’ of each of these elements. This is the basis of various forms and interpretations of Taoist, Oriental, Meridian and Yin yoga practices. Whilst some of these yoga forms might place more emphasis on specific meridians in the body, which is really helpful, that will not be the main focus of this exploration…

Water Element Yoga

Wood Element Yoga

Fire Element Yoga

Earth Element Yoga

Metal Element Yoga

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