Five Elements

In this Vinyasa Yoga program, we focus on embodying the qualities of Pancha Mahabhutas or 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space) into the vinyasa practice. Each of the 5 elements has certain qualities and we are all an embodiment of the qualities. When these qualities are in balance we experience harmony in our life. Although vinyasa yoga is primarily a fire practice, being aware of the qualities of 5 elements and incorporating them into the practice will help us have a more balanced body and mind. Get ready to get strong, flexible, centered and more open in body, mind, and spirit.

Enjoy your practice!

Five Elements

Week 1

Earth Element

In this vinyasa practice, we will be focusing on grounding effect by building strength in the lower body by holding standing and balancing postures focusing on our connection to the earth and being aware of our connection to the earth through our feet. It’s a great practice to build strength through the legs, the pelvic floor and feeling grounded by the end of it, when we are grounded in our body we can stand tall and firm and feel emotionally strong and grounded as well and then incorporate  these qualities into the parts of our life where we may need it. Enjoy your practice!

Water Element

In this vinyasa practice, we will focus on building fluidity in the hips to be able to flow and adapt through our practice just like water. working our way through creating space around the hip joint and building both active and passive flexibility through the hips, working mainly on external rotation of the hips letting go of any tension through the groin area and the inner thighs which allows us to move freely in our daily life and helping us to find ease in seated positions. Allowing us to embody the qualities of being able to adapt, be gentle and fluid in areas of life that we may need. Enjoy your practice!

Fire Element

In this vinyasa practice, we will focus on connecting to our core, building upper body strength and firing up through the whole body, floating our way through core strengthening postures, arm balances and inversions. Also focusing on precision of alignment. Once we find our center it allows us to float through the practice with ease and feel more strong.

So get ready to sweat it out and get connected to your center. Allowing us to feel confident in ourselves and focusing our energies to achieve our goals. Enjoy your practice!

Air Element

In this vinyasa practice, we will focus on creating space in our shoulders and opening up the chest area and front body and building strength through the back body. Mindfully moving through chest openers, backends and any kind of expansive movements to let go of anything heavy that we might be holding and get a sense of lightness and expansiveness like air by the end of the practice.

Allowing ourselves to be more open to the changes in life, be light-hearted and at ease with our whole being and embodying these qualities as we may need in our life. Enjoy your practice!

Space Element

Space element holds space for all the elements to co-exist symbolizing the unity for harmony in the body and mind. As we float through this practice we will mindfully combine the qualities all the above four different elements that we practice in the previous practice into one flow to feel connected to all the different elements within ourselves.  

Move mindfully throughout the class by being aware of how each element is supporting the other and how this combination is necessary to find harmony in our body. As we embody these qualities mindfully, it allows us to apply these five element principals in daily life to live a balanced life. We will also work with a little bit of pranayama to bring awareness to the energetic body.

Enjoy your practice!