Focus of the Month - July

Prithvi पृथ्वी - Earth Element

Meaning

Translates to “earth”. The earth element is important because it is the grounding force in our lives. We need stable roots, a stable base in order to be able to grow.


Significance

Our lives, especially in big cities like Berlin, have become more and more individualized, we often live far away from our families and have an unstable surrounding. We keep changing jobs, homes and relationships and are therefore in a constant flow of life with very few grounding factors. We are constantly growing and moving but be are often missing a stable anchor that holds us from floating away. Stress symptoms are a consequence of very hectic lives that represent a lack of grounding in our lives.


The knowledge of the earth element from a holistic approach helps us to notice imbalances and work towards a more grounded being and steady mind through yoga and meditation practices.


Effect

In Ayurveda, the element earth is the 5th of the five great elements. It comes fifth because it evolves out of each of the other four elements (ether, air, fire and water), containing the essence of these elements within it. The Earth element represents solid matter and gives structure of the universe. Earth gives form to the human body, nature and to all of creation.

It is important to take in the qualities of earth when you are feeling ungrounded, chaotic, lacking self-esteem, feeling insignificant, vulnerable or can’t withstand stress. A person with a deficiency of earth is easily pushed aside by stronger forces. The knowledge of the element of earth, an Ayurvedic diet, yoga & meditation practice help to overcome this state.


How to integrate into your yoga practice

Grounding meditation:

Sit in a cross-legged seat, close your eyes and feel the earth beneath you. Feel every part of your body that is touching the ground. Notice an energetic exchange happening between your body and the earth. It is supporting you. Take a deep breath in through your nose. As you release a long exhale, feel your legs, and pelvis releasing into the ground.


Asanas that stabilize:

As you work with the earth energy, cultivate a sense of earthiness in your feet, legs, and pelvic floor.

- Half Hanumanasa (Runner‘s Split)

- Trikonasana

- Utthita Parsvakonasana

- Goddess Pose

- Skandasana

- Malasana


Mantra:

I make good healthy choices.

I am proud of who I am.

I am centred and grounded.

I trust in the process of life.



Written by: Leonie Fahjen @leoyogini

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