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The Great Five Elements


Ayurveda teaches foundation is key for the balance of all energies in the body to reduce deterioration and disease of the human body. "The Mother of all healing arts" Ayurveda looks to balance the internal forces working in the individual by altering diet & habits to counteract changes in the external environment.  Ayurvedic foundations begin with The 5 great Elements. Each of the five elements is associated with one of the five senses, and acts as the gross medium for the experience of sensations. According to Ayurveda & Sanskrit the base element is Earth (prithvikshiti or bhūmi) was created using all the other elements and perceived by all five senses – hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight. Water (aap or jala), has no odor but can be seen, tasted, heard, and felt. Fire (tejasor agni), can be seen, heard and felt. Air (vaayumarut or pavan ) can be heard and felt. Ether (akasha) is the medium of sound but is inaccessible to all other senses. Ayurveda believes that the universal creative force used akasha, the most “subtle” element, to create the other four traditional elements; each element created is in turn used to create the next, each less subtle than the last.


This is the first of the great elements which reminds us to plant our feet frimly on the ground. Hot summers and the practice needs to be responsive to this by being calm and cooling. Cold winters and the practice needs to be stimulating and warming for the body. The intention of the earth element in yoga is the beginning of the advancement towards a long-term, stable practice.



The second of the great elements and necessary for survival. Our blood, lymph and other fluids move between our cells carrying away wastes, regulatingtemperature, briging disease fighters, carrying hormonal information from one area to another. water boosts our immune system in preparation for low days. The intention with which we practice yoga is to bring about change through flow and fluid movement.  

Fire. The third of the great elements and the transformativ element. It is form without substance, and the combust engine of all processes. According to Ayurveda, the location of the fire in the body is the small intestine. Within our bodies the fire binds the atoms together and transforms our food into energy. it creates impulses of nervous reaction, our feelings and even our thoughts. The intention with which we pratice is to generate the internal fire and to boost our immunity and maintain our vitality.


The fourth of the great elements, deisgned to lighten the body and spirit. In Auirvedic terms Air, the wind, is everywhere and the secondlightest element next to ether. The intention with which we practice  is to move the stale energy out of our bodies and bring a lightness to the being, increasing mobility and movement through all our systems.  


The last of the great 5 elements.  Ether is the space in which everything happens. It is the field that is simultaneously the source of all matter and the space in which it exists. In Ayurvedic terms, Ether (Akasha) means “space” or “emptiness” and is the empty space between atoms. As we know from quantum physics, matter is much less solid than it appears, and is mostly composed of empty space. Ether also corresponds to what many call the undifferentiated cosmic force, the unified field, or the one mind. One characteristic of Ether is sound or vibration; its main characteristic is lack of resistance. It is the lightest of the elements. The intention with which we practice is to maintain a sense of balance and calm, to unify and energize the body mind and spirit. 

All Natural food balances the five great elements in our bodies and contributes to maintaining optimum health. 

1. Bring food qualities into a harmonious nutritious whole 

  • prepare food 
  • antidote it with herbs & spices
  • combine it
  • cook it
  • serve nutritional requirements

2. Combine each meal with these tastes

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty
  • Pungent
  • Bitter
  • Astringent

3. And these nutrients

  • Sugars
  • Starches
  • Proteins
  • Oils
  • Vitamins
  • MineralBest foods are those rich in nutrients, whole and natural. 
  • Vegetables (mostly fibre with little to no sugar)
  • Wholegrains (bran, germ and endosperm)
  • Herbs (help regulate the body) 
  • Fruits (most natural defense) 
  • Nuts & seeds (fight heart disease and diabetes) 
  • Beans (rich in folate and other B vitamins) 
  • Organic Grass-fed Meat (high source of good protein) 
  • Free-range Poultry and Eggs (regulate the nervous system)
  • Wild sea food (e.g.salmon not farmed) an important source of omega 3
  • Pastured Raw Dairy (not exposed to chemicals) 

*Generally Ayurveda does not recommend meat unless it is absolutely necessary

Benefits of the above       

  • Healing
  • Healthy living
  • Regulating
  • Strengthening
  • Nourishing
  • Balancing
  • Curing
  • Purifying
  • Heating
  • Cooling

Worst foods are the fake, processed, artificial & overall non-nutrient 

  • Hydrogenated oils (soya bean, corn oil)
  • MSG / GMO
  • Processed grains and sugars 
  • Processed meats 
  • Pasteurised dairy 


The body is the foundation of all we do it should be strong, healthy and pure; free of toxins and with a good immune function. To keep it free of disease we should provide it with nourishment and fuel it with natural foods which encourages harmonious thoughts and emotions for us and our enviornment. 


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