The Four Elements
As winter approaches it is good to bring the four elements into your home, your sacred spaces, and even your yoga practice.
The Earth element is related to the NORTH, to Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo, to Night and Winter and the colour GREEN… You can bring the Earth element into your home with plants, sand, acorns, salt, fresh or dried flowers and clay pots. This element is yin, it bestows peace and harmony as well as reliability, structure and grounding– we find physical grounding through connection with the earth & movement of the body, which can bring a greater sense of security. You can connect to earth into your yoga practice by feeling the ground beneath you solidly- in cat/cow, in Savasana, or any pose- focus on the support you feel beneath you!
The Air element represents freedom, spirit and communication, and the colour YELLOW. It is related to the EAST, to Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra, and is yang in nature. It relates to youth and to Spring. This element can help you make decisions and deal with disappointment. To bring more air (or awareness of air) into your home, bring in feathers, incense, wind-chimes. Open a window if you can. Connect deeper with this element by taking three deep breaths and feel yourself become more clear. You can bring air into your practice with every breath, but bring deeper awareness to the breath, and try your ujjayi breath for maximum result.
The Fire element relates to the SOUTH, to Sagittarius, Aries and Leo, and the colour RED. Fire is yang, and relates to our will, our passion, our life force and action. Fire can transform and set things in motion. It is related to summer heat, and adolescence, and that spark of energy to start a new adventure! Bring fire into your home with a candle, oil lamp, open fire or incense. Bring fire into your practice with sun salutations or chair pose to bring warmth into the body. You might notice your emotions come to surface doing these asana.