As we welcome yet another beautiful journey around the sun, our days are filled with holiday celebrations with loved ones, time for reflection and personal goals for growth and transformation in the New Year.
Recently my own yoga practice has become more indepth by understanding and experiencing the simple aspects that lie at the core of Vedic philosophy: ‘Pancha Mahabhutas’ orthe 5 Great Elements, which are incredibly accessible basic principals, and can have a profound shift on the way you life and move throughout life.
We each have our own power to bring these elements into balance by utilizing the best possible qualities of them through our lifestyle, diet, yoga and relationships. Learning to find the 'sweet spot' at all times - for example, the right amount of strength (fire) and an equal amount of softness (water). However, it all begins with the simple awareness and understanding that these elements are present within and around us, and when activated correctly they can help to bring nourishment to the body, mind and spirit.
When setting your Sankalpa or intention for this New Year (or each time you need a positive affirmation) use these elements qualities to enhance your intention.
The elements provide a beautiful foundation as they are alive in and around us every single day, no matter where you live in the world, a bustling city or a bohemian beach village. Each time you see, feel or experience the elements, it will be a gentle reminder to fulfill your intention. Most often it is simply about opening our eyes and expanding our hearts in order to receive the benefits from natures simple pleasures and heath which surround us.
Prithvi :: Earth represents stability, commitment and connection. It gives us a strong foundation, offers support and helps us to feel grounded and centered at all times.
Jala :: Water represents power, fluidity and change. Water helps us to move gracefully, mindfully and with intention. This movement that water represents offers us a sense of freedom and adaptability.
Agni :: Fire represents radiance, inspiration, dedication and transformation. It ignites our spirit and passion with strength and focus.
Vayu :: Air represents movement and allows us the ability to move freely, lightly and effortlessly. Air brings smoothness and grace to our lives.
Akash :: Space represents openness, emptiness and infinite being. It allows us to be receptive, helps us to sustain concentration and is consciousness.
I encourage you to write down these 5 elements and their qualities along with your intention(s) and keep it in a place which is sacred for you…an alter, journal or even next to your bed as a daily reminder to honor, cherish and bring more awareness to the elements beauty and power which is always around us.
Here's to a New Year filled with nourishment from the simple aspects of life (the mountains and trees, oceans and rivers, breath and energy, the sun and moon) which are always available and can provide us with a deeper connection, more gratitude and fulfillment in our body, mind and spirit.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here