Panch Tatva: Five Elements of Body & Yoga to Balance It
The term, “Panch tatva” is often mentioned in the scriptures of ancient history and civilizations. This term refers to the “ five elements” of which this universe & our body is made up of.
According to Hindu mythology , the body of human beings is created from these five basic elements and it is believed that when one dies, their body is transformed back in these elements and gets blended with the ecosystem.
Mudras: The Yoga of The Hands
Know mudras for various health conditions and wellness
Origin of the Word Panch-Tatva
The word ‘ P anch tatva ‘ originates from Sanskrit and consists of two words “panch” means ‘five’ and “tatva” indicates elements.
Following the universal law of life, everything on this planet is composed of five basic elements, also known as “panchamahabhutas” (Pronounced as Pancha maha bho tas ).
The five elements are:
- Akash or Ether or Space
- Vayu or Air
- Jal or Water
- Agni or Fire
- Prithvi or Earth
The five elements depict the physical qualities, characteristics related to the energy and biological functions related to the given element.
According to the density , these five elements can be arranged in the following order: Earth>Water>Fire>Air>Sky>Space .
Pancha-Tatva as the Foundation of the Cosmos
The foundation of the entire cosmos is laid by five cardinal elements. They act like the river bed for this flowing world. All the living and non-living entities of this world are composed of Pancha-tatva or five elements.
The amalgamation of these five elements provides a broad spectrum to each and every object and being in the universe. It not only makes it diverse but also gives it an exceptional dimension.
The proportion and content of the composition in every object and individual might differ but exists in an inseparable form, which is of admixed texture due to the versatility of the different elements.
All the cosmic consciousness and spirit contains these five elements as an integral part of their existence.
Structural Formation of Five Elements
- The origin of air is said to be derived from the ether and it happens to be omnipresent.
- The fire element has its roots in the air and hence it is denser than air.
- Water derives its establishment from fire and has a higher density than fire.
- The highest density amongst all the five elements of the cosmos is found in the Earth . The Earth is said to be derived from water.
Each atom of an element is derived from these Pancha tattvas.
1. Akash – Space Element
Akash tatva is the space that exists beyond the stationary and moving elements of the universe. This space can be occupied by the proton like elements as well as it also allows some neutrons to revolve in it.
2. Vayu – Air Element
It represents the driving force for most of the elements existing in this cosmos. Different Vayus are present in human body in the form of 5 Prana . It is ubiquitous and can provide its force to move the electrons around its nucleus.
3. Agni – Fire Element
It represents the energy that can be transformed into other types of energy.
Every atom has some latent kind of energy present inside. This kind of energy can be released when some atom gets to break down and termed to be exothermic. And when this is energy is taken up by the elements to construct something, it is called endothermic .
4. Jal – Water Element
It gives the force which is necessary to attract different parts of an element and keep it together. This kind of process is known as cohesion and water by providing cohesive forces, keep the protons, neutrons, and electrons attracted in the same field.
5. Prithvi – Earth Element
This element provides the matrix to an element. As earth consists and represents the solid-state, it contributes to the same in an element. It results in the structure of electrons, protons, and neutrons of an atom.
The five elements and Health
As already discussed, all the animate and inanimate things are made up of these five elements. So everything which surrounds us, everything we eat, the biodiversity of the ecosystem, hold these Pancha tattvas together.
The substances which occur in nature e.g. , Foods, plants, herbs, shrubs, sunlight, air, water, minerals, etc. have the same framework as that of a human body with respect to the concept of Pancha tattva. It sustains the health and articulates it with the environment for proper balancing of this chain.
If these elements are well proportionate to each other, it leads to a sound and healthy physique. The equilibrium between the body and nature should be kept in tune in order to have a harmonious relationship for better health. When there is any disharmony in the composition, it can lead to malfunctioning of the body.
The Concept of Indriyas & Panch Tattva
The comprehension of the physical world is done with the help of sense organs or “indriyas” . “ Indriyas ” are formulated not only by the five sense organs but also by the five organs of action. The five organs of actions are named as vocal cords, hands, feet, genitals, and anus. The five sense organs are eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin.
These five sense organs help us to see reality and provide knowledge, they are known as “jnanaindriyas” and the five organs of action help us to perform the functioning, they are known as “karmaindriyas”.
The five lower chakras are related to the Pancha tattva. These chakras namely Sundhistana, Muladhara, Anahata, Vishuddha and Manipura synchronizes with the flow of energy which takes place in the vicinity with the Pancha tattva and associated indriyas.
Five Elements Representing Human Body
The “ Earth element ” represents bones and muscles. The blood which is connective tissue and of vital importance is represented by the “ water element ”. Air element incepts for the breath and respiration. The temperature of the body i.e. the heat generated and absorbed for maintaining the homeostasis is represented by the “ Fire element ”. The body of a human being is created as a form of vessel or contains a canal where the organs are placed. This emptiness or hollowness within the body is represented by the “ space elemen t”.
The Five Fingers representing the five elements
The constitution of the Vital force or Pran shakti lies in the five fingers, the tip of the fingers being the greatest center of energy flow. Each finger represents the different components of the five elements or mahabhuta.
- Fire (Agni): Thumb
- Air (Vayu): Index finger
- Space (Akash): Middle finger
- Earth (Prithvi): Ring finger
- Water (Jal): Little Finger
The largest element in the Universe is Air. It surrounds the maximum space of the cosmos as well as inside the human body. It fills the cells and intracellular space of the body. Hence, it is represented by the longest finger i.e. the middle finger.
All of these elements are important for the existence and functioning of a body. If any of these elements are removed, it can cause the body to collapse. All the kind of energy present is the basic requirement for carrying out the physiological functions of a body. They are known as Vital force or Pran shakti, e.g. the amalgamation of various forms of energy e.g. electrical, chemical, electromagnetic energy, and bioenergy. The imbalance in these vital forces hampers health.
Human Organs & Chakras Association With Pancha-Tattva
Having an understanding of how five elements of the body are associated with organ systems can lead a person to better health.
1. Akash or Space – Organ of Hearing
The first element is Akash or space and it is related to hearing . The sense of hearing is stimulated by the space element. It corresponds to the mouth as well as ears and hence acts as karmaendriya and jnanaendriya respectively. It has its relation to the Vishuddha chakra.
Also Read: Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) Meaning and How to Balance it
2. Vayu or Air – Organ of Touch
The second element is Air or Wind and it represents motility or movement. It reflects the sense of Sparsh or touch and corresponds to the hands as karmendriya and skin as jnananendriya. The chakra related to the vayu (air) component is the Anahata chakra.
Also Read: Heart Chakra (Anahata): Meaning and How to Balance it
3. Agni or Fire – Organ of Seeing
The third element is agni or fire. It is connected to the flow of energy. It stimulates the sense of sight or seeing i.e. “ Rupa ”. It is connected to the eyes as Jnanaendriya and karmendriya are represented by the feet. The chakra related to it is Manipura chakra.
Also Read : Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): Meaning and How to Balance it
4. Jal or Water – Organ of Taste
The fourth element is Jal or water. water element guides the force of attraction for the existent beings. It stimulates the sense of taste or rasa. The water element is related to the tongue as jnanaendriya and genitals represent the karmaendriya. It is associated with the Swadhisthana chakra.
Also Read : Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana): Meaning and How to Balance it
5. Prithvi or Earth – Organ of Smell
The fifth element is the Earth or Prithvi or bhumi. This represents the solid matrix of the body. It represents the sense of smell. It corresponds to the nose as jnanaendriya and anus as karmaendriya. The chakra associated with this is the Muladhara chakra.
Also Read: Root Chakra(Muladhara): Meaning and How to Balance it
Many physical ailments can be experienced when there is an imbalance occurs in 5 elements.
Disease Caused by Imbalance of Elements
1. imbalance of water element.
Water element can have its effects on the blood and its components
. It can cause blood thinning or blood clotting. Other effects can be manifested as sinusitis, cold, asthma, the problem during micturition or urination, oedema or swellings and pathology of the reproductive system.
2. Imbalance of Earth element
Due to the imbalance of earth elements, weight-related effects can be seen in the body.
Earth element imbalance might manifest itself as obesity or gain in weight as well as by weight loss. It can cause a disturbed lipid profile by increasing the level of cholesterol. It also results in bones and muscle-related disorders and generalized weakness.
3. Imbalance of Fire element
The imbalance in the fire element leads to disturbed energy flow in and out of the body. It can cause a loss of vital energy.
The gastric fire can also get disrupted by showing the signs and symptoms of acidity. It can lead to diabetes, temperature variation, skin disorders, and mental illness.
4. Imbalance of Air element
An imbalance in air element can cause disorders related to the nervous system. It can affect blood pressure and lungs. It may lead to ataxia, deformities, pain, and depression.
5. Imbalance of Space element
It can cause disorders related to speech. It might lead to diseases in the ear, Thyroid disorders, epilepsy, speech disorders, throat problems, and mental diseases.
Yoga and the Five Elements
As the five elements are also represented by the five fingers, the practice of different yogic mudras (hand postures) can help a person to bring balance among these elements.
The basic posture of Yoga and meditation includes “Mudra” makes energetic connections between nadis or meridians. The way we join our fingers in a mudra is responsible for directing energy and to link it with specific channels to generate particular wavelength energy in the body as well as mind. The inner sense of awareness and awakening can be achieved by joining our hands and unifying the body and mind by regulating posture and breathing.
Magical five fingers
The metabolism of the body can be charismatically affected or regulated with the help of Mudras. Various Mudras affecting health are Vayu Mudra , Akash Mudra , Mritsanjeevani Mudra , Prana Mudra , etc.
How Yoga Helps in Balancing the Five Elements of the Body?
Various forms of Yoga and Pranayama (yogic breathing) helps to balance the five elements of the body.
Asanas which reflect dynamic characteristics of the human body through movement and flow tend to increase Fire in the body. The habit of practicing yoga on a regular basis helps to control the process of deep breathing. It refines the process of respiration and the exchange of gases. The air being the largest element leads to detoxification by cleansing the organs of the body. Its proper regulation through Yoga can be done for the removal of harmful toxins . It purifies all the areas and components by regulating the air-flow across the body.
The poses in Yoga which is based on the mechanism of twisting and energy generation are Paschimottanasana (Sitting forward bend) , Ardhmatsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist) , Naukasana (Boat Pose) . They are extremely powerful in firing up digestion and maintenance of proper physiological processes. These twists massage the internal and visceral organs and offer detoxification.
The chest-opening poses are concerned with balancing the Air element
- Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
- Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
- SetuBandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
If you learn to regulate the use of breath properly during asana and try to master the art of Pranayama in daily life, you can increase and enhance both calmness and your inner power. It helps you to balance the components of Pancha tattva and channelize the energy in a set and specific direction with the help of different formations of the fingers. The technique of Pranayama can also be used to identify the imbalances hidden in the elements of the body and to bring balance for a healthy life.
Top 21 Yoga Influencers on Instagram (2023)
Lesley Fightmaster Yoga: Bio, Age, Husband and Her Ashtanga Yoga Style
What are Bandhas: Types, Importance in Yoga & Benefits
About the author.
Dr. Rishita Chandra
Rishita is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health with a passion to be able to effectively maintain healthcare standards and successful implementation of Health Programs and Policies. Health information through effective communication and strong leadership is one of her goals as a Public Health professional. She also writes about Yoga, Meditation and importance of psychological and spiritual health.
A very informative and useful knowledge, at least ds basic knowledge keep one aware of good progressive living of being human.
very useful information.Thank you
Very good info relating the five elements to the human body and how to balance them using Yoga ?
Useful Info, Thanks for your effort & time on this!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge through this article. This should be the basics of our education system.
Leave a Reply Cancel Reply
- Science Notes Posts
- Contact Science Notes
- Todd Helmenstine Biography
- Anne Helmenstine Biography
- Free Printable Periodic Tables (PDF and PNG)
- Periodic Table Wallpapers
- Interactive Periodic Table
- Periodic Table Posters
- How to Grow Crystals
- Chemistry Projects
- Fire and Flames Projects
- Holiday Science
- Chemistry Problems With Answers
- Physics Problems
- Unit Conversion Example Problems
- Chemistry Worksheets
- Biology Worksheets
- Periodic Table Worksheets
- Physical Science Worksheets
- Science Lab Worksheets
- My Amazon Books
Elements in the Human Body and What They Do
Can you name the elements in the human body and what they do? Nearly 99% of the mass of your human body consists of just 6 chemical elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Another 5 elements make up most of the last percentage point: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. Here’s a look at these elements in their pure form and their function in the human body. Note that the percentage are estimates. Hydration level (how much water you drink) makes a big impact on the amount of oxygen and hydrogen in your body and affects the relative composition of the rest of the elements in your body.
Periodic Table of Percent Composition of Elements in the Human Body
This periodic table shows the percent composition of the average human body. So, for example, oxygen accounts for 65% of the mass of the body, while nitrogen is 3% and so on. It’s worth noting most of the noble metals are not found in detectable quantities in the body. Neither are the noble gases. In both cases, the two sets of elements are fairly inert. The synthetic radioactive elements are missing, but a few natural radioactive elements, such as radium, thorium, and uranium are found in trace quantities.
The table is available to print as a PNG image file or as a PDF file .
Function of Elements in the Body
Oxygen (O) – 65% of body weight
Atomic Number: 8
Oxygen is the most abundant element in the human body. It’s mainly found bound to hydrogen in the form of water. Water, in turn, makes up about 60% of the human body and participates in countless metabolic reactions. The element oxygen acts as an electron acceptor and oxidizing agent. It is found in all four of the major classes of organic molecules : protein, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Because it is a key element in aerobic cellular respiration, large amounts of oxygen are found in the lungs and in the bloodstream. Hemoglobin in blood bind the oxygen molecule, O 2 , from inhaled air. Oxygen is used by the mitochondria in cells to produce the energy molecule adenosine triphosphate or ATP. While it’s essential for human life, too much oxygen can be deadly, as it can lead to oxidative damage to cells and tissues.
Carbon (C) – 18% of body weight
Atomic Number: 6
Carbon is the second most abundant element in the human body and the element that is considered the basis of organic chemistry. Every single organic molecule in your body contains carbon. The element bonds to itself to form chains and ring structures that serve as the basis for all metabolic reactions in the body. Carbon in carbon dioxide is expelled as a waste product when you breathe.
Hydrogen (H) – 10% of body weight
Atomic Number: 1
Most of the hydrogen in the body is bound with oxygen to form water, H 2 O. Hydrogen, like carbon, is found in every single organic molecule in the body. Hydrogen also acts as a proton or positive ion in chemical reactions.
Nitrogen (N) – 3% of body weight
Atomic Number: 7
Because most of air consists of nitrogen , nitrogen gas is found in the lungs, but it is not absorbed into the body that way. Humans get nitrogen from food. The element is an important component of amino acids, which are used to build peptides and proteins. Nitrogen is also an essential component of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA and all of the other molecules derived from the nitrogenous bases.
Calcium (Ca) – 1.4% of body weight
Atomic Number: 20
About 99% of the body’s calcium is found in bones and teeth, where the element is used to build strong structural compounds, such as hydroxyapatite. Although most of the calcium is in bones and teeth, this is not the mineral’s most important function. Calcium is an important ion, used in muscle contraction and protein regulation. If any critical function has insufficient calcium, the body will actually pull it out of the bones and teeth. This can lead to osteoporosis and other problems, so it’s important to get enough dietary calcium.
Phosphorus (P) – 1% of body weight
Atomic Number: 15
Like calcium, the element and mineral phosphorus is found in the bones and teeth. The element is also found in nucleic acids and energy molecules, such as ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
Potassium (K) – 0.25%
Atomic Number: 19
Electrochemistry in the body depends on ions. Of these, the cation potassium is among the most important. Potassium is used in nerve conduction and regulating the heart beat. All cells in the body require potassium in order to function.
Sulfur (S) – 0.25%
Atomic Number: 16
Sulfur is found in several important amino acids, which are used to build proteins in the body. Sulfur is found in biotin, methionine, thiamine, and cysteine.
Sodium (Na) – 0.15%
Atomic Number: 11
Sodium , like potassium, is an essential cation. This element is important for nerve transmission and muscle function.
Chlorine (Cl) – 0.15%
Atomic Number: 17
Chlorine is an important anion. One of its functions involves the transport of the enzyme ATPase, which is used to supply energy for biochemical reactions. Chlorine is used to make hydrochloric acid, which is found in the stomach and digests food.
Magnesium (Mg) – 0.005%
Atomic Number: 12
Magnesium binds to ATP and nucleotides. Its cation is an important cofactor for enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is used to build healthy teeth and bones.
Trace elements include iron, fluorine, zinc, silicon, rubidium, strontium, bromine, lead, copper, and many more. Some trace elements are essential or have a beneficial effect on the body, while others have no known function or appear to be toxic.
- Banci, Lucia (2013). Metallomics and the Cell . Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 333–368. ISBN 978-94-007-5561-1.
- Chang, Raymond (2007). Chemistry (9th Ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 52. ISBN 0-07-110595-6.
- Frausto Da Silva, J. J. R; Williams, R. J. P (2001). The Biological Chemistry of the Elements: The Inorganic Chemistry of Life . ISBN 9780198508489.
- Nelson, Lehninger, Cox (2008). Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry (5th ed.). Macmillan.
Dr. Sarah Larsen ~ Medical Intuitive and Energy Healer
Medical Intuitive and Energy Healer for the Mind, Body, and Soul
What Are the Five Elements and How do They Affect Your Body?
How well organized are the five elements in your system the better organized the more stable, and organically strong in your body you are all of this and more explained in wellness wednesday.
What are the Five Elements and How do they affect your Body?
You and the 5 Elements on Wellness Wednesday It’s not just your body is a play of five elements. So is the world, so is the Universe. Everything is a play of five elements.
The Five Basic Elements are Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood.
These elements are understood as different types of energy in a state of constant interaction and flux with one another.
The Five Elements mean: Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood. They are always in flux: Movement, Change, and Development. They are changing, moving, waning, and expanding all the time. As you may already know seventy-two percent of your body is just water. Learn today all about you and the element! Also in the mini- Consultations and readings learn What might be off-balance for you What you can do the remedy your elements!
Just shake you and see, you’re just a water-bottle,three-fourth full, you know. You need to understand it is in sync with the planet; approximately seventy-two percent of the planet is water. Do you know this?
cleansing the elementsor if you cannot cleanse,if you’re such a hopeless case,transcending the elements.Vibhuthi – that’s why,beyond the elements.If you cleanse the elementsyou’ll live a wonderful life.If you are beyond that,the best thing is to transcend,forget about living a beautiful lifejust transcend the lifebecause living a beautiful life is a more complex situationthan transcending.Transcending means you’re beyond it.What’s beyond is not bothered by so many complexities of the physicality.But if you want to be in the physical and still above thatthen it takes little more mastery over the physical.If you have no mastery over the physicalyou will get enslaved to the physical.So bootha suddhi essentially meansyou want to first cleanse itso that slowly you come to a statewhich we call as bootha siddhithat means you have mastery over the elements.Everybody has some kind of capability with the elementsotherwise you wouldn’t even live a normal life.Right now how well organized the five elements are in your systemdecides how firm and stable and organically strong this body is.It’s just – body is a play of five elements,so is the world,so is the universe.Everything is a play of five elements.In these fiveunless you want to explore mystical dimensionsyou don’t have to bother about the space.So there’re only four.Among the fourseventytwo percent of your body is just water.Just shake and see,you’re just a water-bottle,three-fourth full, you know.You need to understandit is in sync with the planet;approximately seventy-two percent of the planet is water.Do you know this?Yes,that is how life is evolved.Whichever way the nature of the planetis manifested in your body many many different ways.So about two-thirds of the planet is water,two-thirds of the body is water.So when you eat food,you must always eat foodwhere the water content in the food is over seventy percent.This one thing the western societies are ignoringand paying a huge price.Now everywhere it’s becoming like that,if you eat any vegetable it will be over seventy percent water.If you eat a fruit it’ll over ninety percent water.If you want cleansing to happen you must eat fruit.If you just want to maintain the body as it is,vegetable does this.Almost any Asian cooking usually has over seventy percent water naturally.That’s how traditions created it;they were aware of it.It’s only western diets which are dry.You drink water,it doesn’t work like that.The food should have over seventy percent water content.So seventy-two percent is water.Another twelve percent is earth,you know only twelve percent of your body is actually earth,largely it is water. So it’s eighty-four percent.Another six percent is air;air is the easiest thing to manage and take charge ofbecause there is breathand you can take charge of it in a certain way.Another four percent is fire.Taking mastery over fire could do many things to youbut because you are house-holders living in family situation,you don’t have to take charge of fire.You can keep it as it is;sometimes you can burn somebody a bit.You need it right? You’re marriedOnce in a way if you don’t burn them a bit,it may not work.Yes or no?The remaining six percent is space;you don’t have to bother about thatunless you want to explore mystical dimensions of the existence.To live well four elements is enough,fifth one is not relevant for people who just want to live well.Taking charge of this,there’s a whole system of practices –some are direct,others are round about.Bootha Suddhi can be practiced in a most simplistic wayor in an highly sophisticated way.Taking charge of the elements is in many ways.One thing is how you consume these …elements,how you treat these elements –the whole system of ancient cultureswere about treating the four elements right.The four elements are the basis of your creation.If you have some,even a minor mastery over it,you will start living in ways that other people thinkit’s magical.Nothing magical becauseright now you drink water;see how it is, does it look like you?Does it look like you? Hmm?Does it look like you?Is it resemble like any of you?But if you drink this it becomes you, isn’t it?Isn’t this magical?This itself …life itself is magical.There’s nothing in life which is not magical, isn’t it?Just your some disease got cured,that is not the miracle.Look at this, this becomes youthis is a phenomenal miracle, isn’t it?Once you’re capable of performing this miracle,you should be capable of many other minor things –fixing an ailment or do on the,you know damage…you damaged something, fixing it all these things would be possible becauseyou are creating the whole body from inside, isn’t it?Using the four elements you are creating a whole body;unfortunately it’s happening unconsciously that’s all.So bringing consciousness tohow these four elements are becoming human body –when I say human bodyfrom this water you’re manufacturing a highly sophisticated mechanism, isn’t it?Yes or no?What this amounts to is,if I just pour this water on the floorit became I-pad;what would you call that?Suppose this glass of water I poured it downand there this water became I-pad,what you call that?Miracle, isn’t it?The same thing I drink this, this becomes I.This is not a miracle?I wasin the same trip and I came to de Gaulle airportand there was a grumpy looking security man.Hhe asked, ‘Any fluids?’I said like this.He got irritated;he looked at me like thisthen he put my bag there, ‘computer!’I said like this.He burst out laughing.We’re too impressed with what’s happening around us,what’s happening within us is too big, isn’t it?Yes?All computers are a small manifestation of this, isn’t it?We are enamored with thatbut not enamored with this.That is our problem.So looking inward itself is bootha suddhi.If that’s not possible for youthere are simple processes.There are practices,there are rituals,there are elaborate systems as to how to take charge of elementsor if you don’t know how to do it;somebody can perform something from which everybody can benefit.There are bootha suddhi rituals,for example every monththere is Pancha Bootha Aradhana happening in the Dhyanalinga.You don’t know how to do it;somebody else will do it.You just sit there in the presence and benefit from that.
You may also wish to view the elemental composition of an average human body by mass .
- Chang, Raymond (2007). Chemistry , 9th Edition. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-110595-6.
- Emsley, John (2011). Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements . OUP Oxford. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-19-960563-7.
- Frausto Da Silva, J. J. R; Williams, R. J. P (2001-08-16). The Biological Chemistry of the Elements: The Inorganic Chemistry of Life . ISBN 9780198508489.
- H. A., V. W. Rodwell; P. A. Mayes, Review of Physiological Chemistry , 16th ed., Lange Medical Publications, Los Altos, California 1977.
- Zumdahl, Steven S. and Susan A. (2000). Chemistry , 5th Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 894. ISBN 0-395-98581-1.
"The Water in You: Water and the Human Body." U.S. Geological Survey .
"What Elements Are Found in the Human Body?" Ask a Biologist . Arizona State University.
- The Elemental Composition of the Human Body
- Chemical Composition of the Human Body
- Types of Cells in the Human Body
- Learn About All the Different Organ Systems in the Human Body
- Chemistry Vocabulary Terms You Should Know
- Learn About Nucleic Acids and Their Function
- Nutrient Absorption in the Digestive System
- Proteins in the Cell
- 12 Interesting Facts About Blood
- 20 Fun Oxygen Facts for Kids
- Collagen Facts and Functions
- Fats, Steroids, and Other Examples of Lipids
- 20 Examples of Elements and Their Symbols
- What You Should Know About Carbon Compounds
- Get 10 Interesting Facts About Oxygen
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
- >", "name": "top-nav-watch", "type": "link"}}' href="https://watch.outsideonline.com">Watch
- >", "name": "top-nav-learn", "type": "link"}}' href="https://learn.outsideonline.com">Learn
- >", "name": "top-nav-podcasts", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideonline.com/podcast-directory/">Podcasts
- >", "name": "top-nav-maps", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.gaiagps.com">Maps
- >", "name": "top-nav-events", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.athletereg.com/events">Events
- >", "name": "top-nav-shop", "type": "link"}}' href="https://shop.outsideonline.com">Shop
- >", "name": "top-nav-buysell", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell">BuySell
- >", "name": "top-nav-outside", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideonline.com/outsideplus">Outside+
Become a Member
Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.
Already have an account? >", "name": "mega-signin", "type": "link"}}' class="u-color--red-dark u-font--xs u-text-transform--upper u-font-weight--bold">Sign In
Outside watch, outside learn.
- >", "name": "mega-backpacker-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.backpacker.com/">Backpacker
- >", "name": "mega-climbing-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.climbing.com/">Climbing
- >", "name": "mega-flyfilmtour-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://flyfilmtour.com/">Fly Fishing Film Tour
- >", "name": "mega-gaiagps-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.gaiagps.com/">Gaia GPS
- >", "name": "mega-npt-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.nationalparktrips.com/">National Park Trips
- >", "name": "mega-outsideonline-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideonline.com/">Outside
- >", "name": "mega-outsideio-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outside.io/">Outside.io
- >", "name": "mega-outsidetv-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://watch.outsideonline.com">Outside Watch
- >", "name": "mega-ski-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.skimag.com/">Ski
- >", "name": "mega-warrenmiller-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://warrenmiller.com/">Warren Miller Entertainment
- >", "name": "mega-ce-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/">Clean Eating
- >", "name": "mega-oxy-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.oxygenmag.com/">Oxygen
- >", "name": "mega-vt-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.vegetariantimes.com/">Vegetarian Times
- >", "name": "mega-yj-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.yogajournal.com/">Yoga Journal
- >", "name": "mega-beta-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.betamtb.com/">Beta
- >", "name": "mega-pinkbike-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.pinkbike.com/">Pinkbike
- >", "name": "mega-roll-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.rollmassif.com/">Roll Massif
- >", "name": "mega-trailforks-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.trailforks.com/">Trailforks
- >", "name": "mega-trail-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://trailrunnermag.com/">Trail Runner
- >", "name": "mega-tri-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.triathlete.com/">Triathlete
- >", "name": "mega-vn-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://velo.outsideonline.com/">Velo
- >", "name": "mega-wr-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.womensrunning.com/">Women's Running
- >", "name": "mega-athletereg-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.athletereg.com/">athleteReg
- >", "name": "mega-bicycleretailer-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.bicycleretailer.com/">Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
- >", "name": "mega-cairn-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.getcairn.com/">Cairn
- >", "name": "mega-finisherpix-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.finisherpix.com/">FinisherPix
- >", "name": "mega-idea-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.ideafit.com/">Idea
- >", "name": "mega-nastar-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.nastar.com/">NASTAR
- >", "name": "mega-shop-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideinc.com/outside-books/">Outside Books
- >", "name": "mega-obj-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsidebusinessjournal.com/">Outside Business Journal
- >", "name": "mega-veloswap-link", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.veloswap.com/">VeloSwap
- >", "name": "mega-backpacker-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.backpacker.com/">Backpacker
- >", "name": "mega-climbing-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.climbing.com/">Climbing
- >", "name": "mega-flyfilmtour-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://flyfilmtour.com/">Fly Fishing Film Tour
- >", "name": "mega-gaiagps-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.gaiagps.com/">Gaia GPS
- >", "name": "mega-npt-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.nationalparktrips.com/">National Park Trips
- >", "name": "mega-outsideonline-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideonline.com/">Outside
- >", "name": "mega-outsidetv-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://watch.outsideonline.com">Watch
- >", "name": "mega-ski-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.skimag.com/">Ski
- >", "name": "mega-warrenmiller-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://warrenmiller.com/">Warren Miller Entertainment
- >", "name": "mega-ce-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/">Clean Eating
- >", "name": "mega-oxy-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.oxygenmag.com/">Oxygen
- >", "name": "mega-vt-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.vegetariantimes.com/">Vegetarian Times
- >", "name": "mega-yj-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.yogajournal.com/">Yoga Journal
- >", "name": "mega-beta-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.betamtb.com/">Beta
- >", "name": "mega-roll-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.rollmassif.com/">Roll Massif
- >", "name": "mega-trail-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://trailrunnermag.com/">Trail Runner
- >", "name": "mega-tri-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.triathlete.com/">Triathlete
- >", "name": "mega-vn-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://velo.outsideonline.com/">Velo
- >", "name": "mega-wr-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.womensrunning.com/">Women's Running
- >", "name": "mega-athletereg-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.athletereg.com/">athleteReg
- >", "name": "mega-bicycleretailer-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.bicycleretailer.com/">Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
- >", "name": "mega-finisherpix-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.finisherpix.com/">FinisherPix
- >", "name": "mega-idea-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.ideafit.com/">Idea
- >", "name": "mega-nastar-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.nastar.com/">NASTAR
- >", "name": "mega-obj-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.outsideonline.com/business-journal/">Outside Business Journal
- >", "name": "mega-shop-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://shop.outsideonline.com/">Outside Shop
- >", "name": "mega-vp-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.velopress.com/">VeloPress
- >", "name": "mega-veloswap-link-accordion", "type": "link"}}' href="https://www.veloswap.com/">VeloSwap
EXPLORE OUTSIDE WATCH
Get inspired with adventure films, event replays, series, and more.
GET 60% OFF OUTSIDE+
Hurry, Our Best Deal Ends Soon
Everything to Know About Yoga and the Five Elements of Nature
Here’s what you need to know to honor the elements, and connect to the healing power of earth, water, fire, air, and ether in your yoga practice..
Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! >","name":"in-content-cta","type":"link"}}'>Download the app .
Stop and imagine quietly standing barefoot out under the open sky. Feel the dirt under your feet, a breeze tickling the back of your neck. As the sun warms your face, listen for the trickle of a stream nearby. Breathe.
It’s a serene moment, one that evokes the elements of nature . Earth, air, fire, water and ether are elements of a universal theory of creation that has been part of many ancient practices and eastern philosophies for millennia.
“The five great elements, or panchamahabhutas, are thought to have originated as the universe [did], so they are as old as can be,” says Anjali Deva , certified Ayurvedic practitioner and founder of Rooted Rasa. “[They are] the building blocks of the universe, as well as our bodies…everything is created with different combinations of these five elements.”
In Ayurveda , the sister science of yoga and one of the oldest medical systems still practiced today, those five elements are prithvi (earth), jal (water), agni (fire), vayu (air), and akasha (ether or space).
The elements correlate with the senses and with particular body parts and functions. Each has an energy correspondent among the chakras . According to the ayurvedic system, each of us is born with a unique combination of the five elements—some more dominant than others, says mindfulness coach Brenda Umana , MPH, RYT-500.
The combination of elements that are most dominant within you makes up your dosha.
Air and ether create the vata dosha. The pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water. The kapha dosha is earth and water.
Knowing your dosha—along with what shifts you out of balance—is the first step in understanding how to best incorporate the five elements into your life. “Generally, what takes us out of balance, more often than not, is going overboard with our dominant nature or way of being,” Umana explains.
Our day-to-day environment, life stressors, even seasonal changes can also unbalance us. “As the outside world’s environment changes, so do the elements within our bodies,” Deva says. So when it’s raining, we experience more of the water element. When it’s hot, more fire.
“Knowing all of this helps us make dietary and lifestyle changes to support these subtle changes, balancing them with opposite qualities,” Deva continues. Meaning that a hot, sunny day may call for cooling foods, like cucumbers, while chilly weather calls for hot tea and warm stews.
Here’s more on each element, including the emotional and physical properties of each, their associated chakras or energy centers, and descriptions.
Earth Element (Prithvi)
Correlating mood: calm, grounded, safe, reliable
Chakra: First ( root )—sense of being, survival, stability, support
The most dense of all the elements, earth makes up the solid matter of the universe. The earth element is cool, heavy, rough, and stable. It also represents the structures of our bodies—bones, flesh, skin—and helps give us shape. When the earth element is out of balance, issues with our skin, hair, muscles, and bones may crop up. We may also experience exhaustion, weakness, lack of flexibility or loss of appetite.
Water Element (Jal)
Correlating mood: flexibility, fun, creativity
Chakra: Second ( sacral )—sense of pleasure, flow, sensuality
Water is soothing, cleansing, sustaining, and nourishing. The water element helps us connect to our feelings and emotions. Water imbalances can manifest in shifts in the quality and amount of fluids in the body, including saliva, digestive juices, joint fluid, reproductive fluids, and blood. Mentally, an out-of-balance water element is associated with addiction, repressed emotions, or a lack of creativity.
Fire Element (Agni)
Correlating mood: confidence, discipline, motivation
Chakra: Third ( manipura )—sense of self, purpose, personal identity
This element represents heat, light, digestion, metabolism , and transformation. When our inner flames are stoked, fire provides energy for the body. This element fuels our sense of independence and motivation. We know our fire is in balance when we easily tap into all the emotions associated with power: inner strength, confidence, discipline, motivation, and change. When it’s off-kilter, we may feel irritable or angry , or experience inflammation, digestive problems , or fever.
Air Element (Vayu)
Correlating mood : loving and compassionate awareness, intellect, lightheartedness
Chakra: Fourth ( heart )—sense of relationship, boundaries, balance, love
Air represents all forms of motion, including blood circulation, breath, thoughts, and locomotion. When in balance, air gives off light and a sense of buoyancy; when it’s askew, it can show up as anxiety and indecision. It may cause an inability to be present, or create conflict in relationships. An air imbalance can cause disruptions in your immune system or hormone production.
Ether or Space Element (Akasha)
Correlating mood: spacious, open-minded, universal consciousness
Chakra: Fifth ( throat )—sense of acceptance, truth, communication, integrity
The most subtle of the elements, ether is all about space and openness. This element governs the spaces of the body, including the space inside our cells. When ether is unbalanced, it can create blockages: Energetically, we may feel closed off, or as if we can’t get enough time or space. When ether is in balance it allows for clear, truthful expression and communication.
The Five Elements in Yoga
In order to feel whole and healthy, Ayurveda prescribes balancing elemental energies through diet , herbal supplements , meditation, and movement practices such as asana.
Any style of yoga practice can help balance the five elements of nature. Developing a deeper understanding of each element within your body will help you adjust to exactly what’s needed that day, Umana says.
If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, for example, that’s a sign of air being out of balance, says Emily Chen , RYT-500, founder of Alchemy School of Yoga . Rather than taking a fast-paced class with a lot of transitions, a slower, simpler practice may be a better choice for that day.
“ Vinyasa will generally increase air and ether elements; power and Ashtanga yoga will generally increase fire and water,” Chen says. “ Yin and hatha will generally increase earth and water.”
Here are some helpful guidelines for those just getting started, more on how the elements may impact your yoga practice, and the asana style variations that may help bring each element back into balance.
Best Yoga Practices for Earth Element
To truly feel balance in the earth element, it’s important to feel a sense of grounding and stability, Umana says. Each movement should feel sure-footed, certain, and deliberate. Poses that help channel that energy include Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) and Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), and Balasana (Child’s pose).
As you move through these poses, Chen says, notice your connection with the Earth and how the ground always provides support. As you press your feet into the surface beneath you, there is an equal and opposite force coming from the ground that holds you up.
In Savasana (Corpse Pose), for instance, the heaviness of your limbs is met with the force of the Earth rising up to support you, Umana explains. And in Virabhadrasana (Warrior I) and other standing poses, Chen says you can feel your feet connecting with the Earth, from the balls of your feet to the heel, creating a stable foundation. “With each breath, you ground down through your legs and, with that support, you lift a little taller through the spine,” she adds. This creates an opportunity to feel centered, stable, and safe.
Best Yoga Practices for Water Element
The poses that encourage fluidity and ease (like Utkata Konasana , Paschimottanasana , and Malasana ) are ideal for tapping into this element. Just like water, you want to let each movement flow, Chen says. “Feel for the pleasure of expansion, the pleasure of growth, the pleasure of challenge,” she explains. “Each asana is an opportunity to feel everything that is arising in this moment, noticing how easily everything that doesn’t serve you falls away.”
A prime example: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon) . Chen says this asana gives you an opportunity to notice an opening or sense of expansion in your hips. As you settle into the pose, new space becomes available. Gently allowing and appreciating that that gives you the pleasure of growth and challenge.
To feel this element to its fullest, though, Chen says you shouldn’t stop paying attention at the end of the pose: “Keep feeling into this pleasure, even as you lift yourself out of the pose and into your next, [making] the transition graceful and full of ease.”
Best Yoga Practices for Fire Element
Core-centric, heat-generating poses—think Kumbhakasana (Plank), Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III), Dhanurasana (bow), or Paripurna Navasana (boat)—are all ideal for stoking your fire. Tune into the strength and confidence stimulated through your movements and balance the fine line between ease and effort to really maximize its benefits.
“You’ll notice that, as you physically challenge yourself, you feel an inner sense of confidence building,” Chen says.
In Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), for example, the activation of your fingers pressing into the floor, the push through your shoulders, and the engagement of your legs all connect to a center of gravity—your core. As you become more confident in that centeredness, you’re able to sense the ease in your pose, finding balance between working hard but not too hard. In fire-stoking poses, you may notice moments when your thoughts are sharper, more confident, and self-directed. You realize that, in every situation, you control your body and you focus your attention, Chen says.
Best Yoga Practices for Air Element
I t may seem obvious, but yes, breathing practices—think diaphragmatic , Ujjayi , and channel-cleaning breath —are all helpful in stimulating air.
As for poses, Ustrasana (Camel), Bhujangasana (Cobra), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge), and Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel) all tap into the air element. Tadasana (Mountain) is also an air pose. Chen says it’s ideal for noticing postural sway, the natural rocking back and forth that your body engages in while continuously striving for balance.
Whichever poses you select, focus on agility, mobility, and a balanced breath in your practice, Chen suggests. Avoid rushing or moving sluggishly, keeping a light and easy pace that allows you to stay focused on the quality of your transitions and the subtle movements (like that postural sway) that are ever-present in a flow.
Best Yoga Practices for Ether Element
The first thing Chen recommends for supporting the ether element: meditation . “It connects us to our sense of inner vastness and emptiness,” she says. “Meditation helps us remember that the space inside ourselves is the same space that exists in all other beings—and it is that space that makes physical reality possible.”
To harness the ether element in asana, Chen suggests throat chakra openers such as Bitilasana (Cow), Matsyendrasana (Fish), and side neck stretches. “Focus on the feeling of structural integrity and alignment,” she explains. “Avoid collapsing or constricting, and feel for maximum spaciousness, openness, and ease.”
This can apply to all poses. In Uttitha Trikonasana (Extended Triangle), for example, Chen suggests feeling for spaciousness through both sides of the body and openness in the chest and torso.
Popular on Yoga Journal
Ah the hour-long yoga class. It’s quite luxurious, isn’t it? But let’s be frank—some days, it seems impossible to carve out a large chunk of time for your practice. If you ever feel this way (and who hasn’t?) know this: even a few minutes of movement can make a huge difference in how you approach … Continued
Related content from the Outside Network
This meditation encourages you to embrace your active mind, build a stronger bow pose with this prop-supported sequence, if you have a hard time sitting still, this flow is for you, got back pain these tips will help you twist your way to relief.
View a listing of all our programs, workshops, and events—including our best-selling Happiness Retreat, Silent Meditation Retreat, and Ayurveda Wellness Cleanses.
Order a copy of our latest retreat guide and discover all the ways to relax, renew, and discover inner peace—programs, events, workshops, spa treatments, and more.
- Meditation Retreats
Quiet the mind and align with the present moment in our happiness, meditation, and silence programs.
- R&R Retreats
You choose the dates, the activities, and Ayurveda treatments—we’ll do the rest. The perfect custom vacation!
The ancient science of Ayurveda gives us all the tools we need to live a holistic, healthy, and happy life in today’s modern world .
Guest teachers, thought leaders, authors, and experts inspire with their timely wisdom and transformative programming.
All-Inclusive Wellness Escapes
- Discover Ayurveda
- Mother & Daughter
- Rejuvenating Bliss
- Weekend of Creativity
Shankara Ayurveda Wellness
- Cleanse & Detox
- Lifestyle Consultations
- Treatments & Therapies
- Ayurveda Education
Our on-demand programs are great introductions to the healing power of Ayurveda. Discover the Ayurvedic Daily Routine, overcome insomnia, and more—whenever, wherever!
Discover an extraordinary space for transformation and community building.
- Main Meditation Hall
- Shakti Hall
- Explore Our Center
- Classrooms & Venues
Explore our campus in an interactive 360° virtual tour with guided navigation or on Google Maps.
Discover an extraordinary space for transformation and community building in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- About Our Founder
- Facilities & Grounds
- Mission and Vision
- Press Center
Ayurveda 101: The Five Elements and Constitutions
- Ruchira Roy Chowdhury
- 15 Feb 2021
While modern medicine is largely limited to treatment of ailments and dealing with manifest symptoms, Ayurveda as a way of life runs much deeper, looking at individuals not just as made of carbohydrates, amino acids, and minerals, but also as mental and spiritual beings with prana or life energy that sustains life. An individual owes its existence to the five great elements.
The ancient science of Ayurveda is vast and based on insightful principles that don’t just help you stay healthy and live longer but also make this journey more beautiful and full of vitality and dynamism. Food and medicine, social behavior, seasonal changes, and the impact of everything we do on our nervous system and brain—the Ayurvedic approach takes all of this into account in crafting the appropriate treatments.
In addition to sustainable and healthy living, Ayurvedic principles also give beautiful glimpses of the basis of creation. In fact, the core of Ayurveda is Sankhya philosophy, which says that in the entire universe there are only two ultimate entities that exist—namely the Prakriti , that is the primordial matter and the Purusa , which is the universal spirit.
The Five Elements
One of the ways in which primordial matter reveals itself in the perceivable universe is through the five primary elements. Our body also is made up of these five elements and upon death dissolves back into these five elements in nature. Our five senses of sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste are based on these five primary elements—fire, air, space, earth and water respectively—and therefore our respective sense organs—eyes, skin, ears, nose, and tongue—function based on them.
The Fire Element
Fire has the power to transform the state of any substance. In the human body, it is the fire element that leads the conversion of food into energy. Digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food are taken care of by this element in addition to regulation of body temperature. An imbalance in the fire element manifests in the form of metabolic disorders, mental ailments, skin diseases, and fever.
The Air Element
Air is mobile in nature. In our body, it is the air element in the form of oxygen that keeps cells alive and functioning. Our movement, respiratory system, and nerve impulses are governed by the air element. Dry and light in nature, the air element is formless and transparent. Its imbalance leads to nervous system related disorders, respiratory issues, abnormal blood pressure, and pains in muscles.
The Space Element
Space is the medium for sound to travel. In addition to governing our auditory senses it is responsible for our intuition and wisdom. An imbalance of space elements in the body can manifest as thyroid issues, or problems related to speech or hearing, etc.
The Earth Element
Earth forms all the solid mass in our body—bones, tissues, teeth, nails, skin, and hair. The nature of earth elements is hard, stable, slow, dry, heavy, and thick. Imbalance of the earth element leads to weight gain or loss, weakness, increased cholesterol, or bone density changes.
The Water Element
Water is present in our body in the form of all bodily fluids, including saliva, blood, sweat, and semen. It is water that governs our emotions and also makes cohesion possible in everything including tissues.
The Tridoshas and Their Roles
The five elements combine with one another to form intelligent life principles called tridhatus that govern all the processes in the body and are responsible for certain physical and behavioral traits. These tridhatus are vata, pitta, and kapha ; in vitiated form they are referred to as doshas . Each of these doshas is dominant in different time periods of the day and night, in different seasons of the year and in different areas of the body. The ritucharya , meaning seasonal regimen, and the dincharya , the daily regimen suggested by Ayurveda, are based on living in accordance with nature and performing daily activities in accordance with the dominant dosha at the specific time of the day or year. Such a lifestyle helps keep doshas in balance. The regimens take care of cleansing and detoxification of the body in addition to modifying one’s diet and lifestyle in accordance with seasons.
Ether and air elements combine to form the vata dosha. Vata is mobile and hence governs all bodily movements, nervous system, respiratory system and takes care of the elimination of waste material and toxins from the body. The primary site for vata dosha is the lower part of the body including lower back, thighs, large intestine and pelvic regions. Vata also dominates the nervous system, skin and ears.
There are five different types of vata that govern different types of movements in the body:
- Prana Vayu is the kind of vata that governs respiratory system and mental activity.
- Udana Vayu governs speech and movement in the upper body.
- Vyana Vayu takes care of nourishment and circulation in the whole body and movement of body parts.
- Samana Vayu helps in secretion and movement of digestive juices and in absorption of nutrients.
- Apana Vayu takes care of downward movement which is needed for elimination of urine, feces, menstrual blood, semen and for giving birth.
Fire and water elements combine to form the pitta dosha. Responsible for the metabolism, pitta mainly impacts the blood, eyes, skin and middle part of the body including liver, stomach, spleen, small intestine and gallbladder.
Pitta also has five sub-types:
- Sadhaka pitta governs intellect and memory, and drives the transformation of words to knowledge.
- Alochaka pitta takes care of perception from visual senses to the mind, drives creativity and intuition.
- Pachaka pitta mainly deals with digestion and assimilation of food and regulation of body temperature.
- Ranjaka pitta is responsible for formation of blood.
- Bhrajaka pitta imparts luster to the skin and regulates the temperature and color of the various body parts.
Water and earth elements combine to form the kapha dosha . Kapha provides protection and lubrication to the body organs such as mucous lining of stomach, cerebrospinal fluid for brain and synovial fluid in the joints. The upper part of the body is where kapha mostly resides. The sites for kapha include the respiratory tract, upper stomach, mucous membranes, joints and head.
Kapha has five subtypes:
- Trapaka kapha nourishes and lubricates the brain cells and nervous system and is responsible for carrying stimuli to the brain.
- Bodhaka kapha takes care of perceptions like taste
- Avalambaka kapha takes care of the chest region.
- Kledaka kapha works in the gastro-intestinal tract.
- Shleshaka kapha lubricates the joints.
The Constitution of Your Body
The five elements can combine in innumerable different proportions to form different body types, or constitutions. This constitution is determined by which of the three doshas are predominant in an individual and is the outcome of conditions that prevail at the time of conception and during the gestation period. The constitution of an individual generally remains the same throughout one’s lifetime and plays an important role in determining his physical appearance, nature and behavior patterns.
A vata body type is more prone to problems caused by gas in the gastrointestinal tract and hence needs to limit the intake of foods that are difficult to digest like millets and corn and might find wheat more suitable whereas for a kapha type person millets and corn might be more suitable than wheat. Ayurveda has different sets of guidelines for the different constitutions. Knowing your constitution can help you maintain better health by understanding what lifestyle and food will be best for you and what are the situations and food that might cause trouble for you.
Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnosis)
This ancient non-invasive method of determining one’s constitution by analyzing the person’s pulse behavior yields surprisingly accurate results. Apart from determining the constitution, pulse diagnosis method is also used to find out what doshas are out of balance and hence diseases resulting from imbalance of those doshas can be prevented even before they manifest.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations
About the authors.
Sign up for our emails—we’ll send you updates, offers, and the latest news. We will not share your email address or spam your inbox.
Find us on social media
Find a retreat.
- Happiness Retreat
- Silent Meditation Retreats
- Yoga Retreats
- Featured Presenters
- R & R Retreats
- Teacher Training
- Ayurveda Wellness Escapes
- Ayurveda Cleanse & Detox
- What is Ayurveda?
- Treatments & Consultations
HOST YOUR EVENT
- Explore our Center
- Venues, Meeting Spaces, and Classrooms
- 360° Virtual Tour
- About the Center
2023 PROGRAM GUIDE
639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607
800.392.6870 | Directions
© Art of Living Retreat Center 2023
Give to happiness and well-being— donate today.
Start typing and press enter to search
Group inquiry request.
Ayurveda: The Five Elements and Interconnection
- Medicine & Wellness
- By Diana Carey
- February 5, 2019
The Tibetan healing system and Ayurveda are closely linked and very similar. Some herbs are used in both traditions, and both systems use the knowledge of the five elements (earth, water, fire, wind (air) and space).
Our physical body, as well as everything around us consists of the five elements. There is a connection between the effect of the elements surrounding us, and those within us. It’s like a dance between the two.
They can be in harmony or disharmony. When they are not in harmony, you will often get symptoms in the body or mind that show this. The symptoms can be weaknesses in the body, or different ailments. These can most often be relieved, or healed through herbs, exercise, breathing techniques, foods, treatments, and more. All these things have an effect on our body and mind, and we can do our best to balance the elements within us. We can’t do anything about the elements that are played out in nature where we live. But what we can do is to live as much in harmony with them as we can. That means that from our side, we can do certain things that are supportive to our body and mind, as the seasons change. Each season has a quality according to the elements, but also if you travel to other countries (hot, cold, wet, dry), that will have an effect too.
Vata, Pitta, Kapha
We are all born with a unique constitution, and more or less of the five elements. Ayurveda categorizes them into a term called doshas (energy types). The elements play their role in regards to our body and mind, and what we are prone to when it is balanced, and when it is not balanced.
The doshas are called vata, pitta and kapha, and contain the following elements:
Vata: ether/space and air/wind
Pitta: fire and a little water
Kapha: earth and water
The Qualities of the Doshas
Vata is the energy in the body that stands for movement, lightness, dryness.
Pitta is the energy that transforms and metabolizes, and is fiery/warm.
Kapha is form, heaviness, stability, moisture, damp/cold.
They all have their positive sides when they are balanced, and their less positive sides when they are in excess. The role the doshas play is constantly changing in response to weather, conditions, and stress.
For example, if vata dosha goes into excess, one gets dry skin, a bit airy fairy, forgetful, and can have problems making decisions.
If pitta dosha becomes excessive, one can get skin problems such as rosacea, psoriasis, rashes or reddish skin. Mentally one is more prone to anger and impatience.
If kapha dosha is excessive, then it is easy to gain weight, retain water, have a feeling of heaviness, inertia and depression.
How Can I Balance the Doshas?
These are all normal stereotypes, and each individual can use different herbs, eat certain foods, drink certain beverages, as well as learning to be aware of the different mind sets there may be when in balance and when not.
In future blog posts we will be sharing seasonal tips and recipes based on ayurvedic and yogic knowledge. We hope that you may find inspiration to support your daily lifestyle. We suggest that you also listen to your body, and encourage you to get to know it, and see how it reacts on different foods and herbs. This is also a way to practice awareness.
Share This Article
About the author.
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Join now and receive:
Monthly teachings from Phakchok Rinpoche and monastic instructors
Detailed instruction in Vajrayana practices
Practice companions for core Chokling Tersar practices
New content added monthly
- Mind and Body
On the Importance of Rejoicing
Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a quote from the Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 verses that teaches the vital importance of rejoicing.
The Three Pillars of the Dharma
On the occasion of the consecration of the Guru Sampa Lhündrup statue at Samye Hermitage Bali, Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a clarification of the framework of the entire Buddhist path as it is expressed in the Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo text, revealed by the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa.
Interview with Phakchok Rinpoche in the Spanish Press
During his recent visit to Barcelona, Spain, Phakchok Rinpoche sat down with Lluís Amiguet of the Spanish daily newspaper La Vanguardia. The resulting interview, featured here in English translation by Marcela Lopez, was published in Spanish and Catalan on September 27th, 2023.
Announcing the Publication of The Lotus-Born Guru in Tibet
Malaysia Dharma Teaching Tour: Join via Livestream!
Save the Date: Announcing the Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup Tsokbum
Auspicious days, dharma protector day, medicine buddha day, guru rinpoche day, about samye institute.
Samye is a place where students from all corners of the globe explore how to work with their minds in order to lead meaningful lives. Drawing from authentic Buddhist wisdom traditions, our online platform offers live teachings, structured courses, interactive forums, and community for the digital Dharma sangha. Samye Institute aims to be to the digital world what Nalanda was to India and what Samye was to Tibet.
Join Our FREE Mailing List
To receive the latest teachings and information from Samye Institute, including Phakchok Rinpoche’s monthly Guru Rinpoche Day message.
Reflection of the Day
© 2023 Samye Institute · All Rights Reserved
There was a problem reporting this post.
Please confirm you want to block this member.
You will no longer be able to:
- See blocked member's posts
- Mention this member in posts
- Invite this member to groups
Please allow a few minutes for this process to complete.
The Five Elements and the Human Body
In Chinese medicine, the human body is divided into five elements : wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Human organs and tissues correspond to the five elements. The body’s five elements not only automatically self-regulate according to the laws of yin and yang, but also coordinate with the five elements from the outside world in order to achieve health.
In the outside world, people react to a few things, such as climate, color, and sound, all of which correspond to the five elements. The climates are spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The colors are red, yellow, white, black, and green. The sounds are do, re, mi, fa, sol, and la. Even moral and ethical elements correspond to the five elements. For example, benevolence is wood, righteousness is gold, propriety is water, wisdom is fire, and trust is earth.
Relationship between the five systems and the five elements
There are five windows connecting the outside world to the major systems in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine calls these “apertures” or “mouths.” For the spleen, it is the mouth. For the lung, it is the nose. For the liver, it is the eyes. For the heart, it is the tongue. For the kidneys, it is the ears. Human beings learn about the outside world through these orifices. The relationship between the five systems and the five elements are as follows:
- Five elements: Earth, metal, wood, fire, and water.
- Five orifices: Mouth, nose, eyes, tongue, and ears.
- Five colors: Yellow, white, green red, and black.
- Five notes: Do, re, mi, sol, and la.
- Five inner organs: Spleen, lungs, liver, heart, and kidneys.
- Five hollow organs: Stomach, large intestine, gall bladder, small intestine, and bladder.
- Five principles: Trust, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and courtesy.
The five colors, the five notes, and the five principles all convey the same thing: Only when the notes are pure can they inspire people to connect to the Tao and awaken their conscience.
How do the five elements affect each other? For example, metal is the daughter of earth, which has fire as its parent. Earth’s subjects are water and its official is wood. If all these were employed in a metaphorical relationship in human beings, it would look like this: A virtuous man is loving and kind to his children, honors his parents, cares about his subjects, and is a sincere, righteous official.
Every element is closely related to the other four elements. For example, when the ears, the orifice of the kidneys, hear wonderful music, the other four organs also benefit. When the eyes see something elegant, the other four organs share the beauty. When the inner meanings from the sounds and colors pass through the inner organs, they awaken our moral elements. In other words, it helps a person to follow universal principles and behave like a righteous human being.
Follow us on Twitter or Facebook
Armin Auctor is an author who has been writing for more than a decade, with his main focus on Lifestyle, personal development, and ethical subjects like the persecution of minorities in China and human rights.
View all posts
Unraveling the dual facets of xi jinping: a journey of faith, destiny, and prophecy, unseen acts of kindness: the tale of an elderly woman, an incredible phenomenon following organ transplants.
Casual, Distant, Aesthetically Limited: 5 Ways Smartphone Photography Is Changing How We See the World
From viral fame to political game: beijing’s use of foreign influencers unveiled.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU
Did You Know That Some Black Holes Can Erase Your Past?
It’s Unlikely South African Fossil Species Is Ancestral to Humans
China Using Smartphone App to Keep Track of Xinjiang Minorities
China Is Tracking Millions of People in Xinjiang, Data Leak Reveals
Complex Geology Contributed to Deepwater Horizon Disaster
© 2023 nspirement. All rights reserved
December 5, 2023
December 4, 2023
- Yoga Clothing
- Yoga Exercise
- YogaCurious News
- Yoga & Technology
- Yoga Courses
- Yoga Q & A
- Yoga Tips and Quotes
What Are the Main 5 Elements of Nature (PanchaMahabhuta)? Complete Guide
You must have heard about five elements of nature and I am sure you are having some basic understanding about it as well. When it comes to body cleansing process in Ayurveda or any other natural healing process, 5 elements of nature plays very important part. In this article, you will learn about those basic but very important concept of our body.
We do yoga to strengthen our body and we do meditation for peace of mind. But do we know about the important elements from which our body is made? In Hindu mythology, it is called “ panchamahabhuta ” the fiver main elements of nature.
HISTORY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF NATURE
Celestial Space, or Nature, is supposed to be the mother of all five elements on the Earth. Thus, their origin dates back to as old as the Earth itself. Or in short, we can say any life erupted on Earth only after these five elements came into co-existence with each other. Celestial Space, as we said, is the mother of all these five elements. Thus, its luminous emptiness forms the base of spiritual experience while doing Yoga and Meditation.
According to Hindu mythology, every human body essentially are made from five elements which are Earth (Bhumi), Water (Jala), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu) and Space (Aakash). Hindus believe that, upon death; all these 5 elements of human body are dissolved to respective element of nature, so that it can balance the cycle of nature.
Importance of Five Elements of Nature
The five elements are the building blocks of everything, each living being that exists on the Earth. Even our own bodies were created in various combinations yet balanced with each other. Each part of the body is correlated to this balance for the correct functioning of the body. And this correct function of the body parts is corresponding to the energy generated by these five elements, which corresponds to the CHAKRAS. But when the balance gets disturbed or when one element dominates, then it turns up giving faulty functions in the body called the DOSHA or the problem. The imbalance of Vata/Air elements creates VATA Dosha. When fire and water elements get imbalanced, then Pitta Dosha happens, which for example, indicates acidity. For instance, when earth and water elements get imbalanced, then KAPHA Dosha takes place, for instance, indicating cough, cold, etc.
5 Elements of Nature & Their Characteristics
Each of these five elements has its own functions and characteristic described below:
The first element of panchamahabhuta is “Earth” which is translated at Bhumi in Sanskrit. This element is perceived by five senses those are Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch and Sight. The physical body with muscles and bones refers to Earth.
Earth is usually associated with grounding and calming factors in life as it is related to the ROOT CHAKRA or the Mooladhaar Chakra means the basic chakra of life. Mother Earth – the basis of all beings, the place where we all are rooted, hence attached to the root chakra..Any imbalance of energy through this chakra will affect the emotional well-being of the human; believe it or not, even the emotion of greed stems from an imbalance of the Mooladhaar Chakra caused by the Earth element’s dominance. And thus Yogic Meditation plays a large role in striking this balance.
The second most important element is “water”, jala in Sanskrit. This element has no odor (smell) but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. In human body, blood and other fluid are refer to Water. As we all studied during our preliminary school, our body is contains upto 60% of water (adult body) and very essential part of our live.
The Water component is related to the second chakra, Svadhisthana or Chakral Chakra , situated between the belly button and pubic bone. Its image is a white crescent moon. The water component is mitigating and erotic and interfaces us with our sentiments and feelings. It appears in the body as blood, lymph, tears, salivation, sweat, pee, semen, and bosom milk. At the point when the Water component is out of equilibrium, we might encounter issues with imagination, and mental unbending nature. Issues with sexual capacity & bladder control and more can likewise be an indication of an imbalanced water component. Yoga poses like the Cow Pose, the Surya Namaskar and even Pranayam help in balancing the energy of the Chakral chakra.
The next higher element in human body is “fire”, agni in Sanskrit. In human body the temperature, jatharagni are refers the fire. It can be heard, felt and seen. As our digestion system is one of the example of Fire element that helps our body to digest the food we take everyday.
The fire element is associated with the Manipura Chakra, which is related to the Yellow Color. It derives its energy from the Sun, – the main source of fire. Thus, the Manipura Chakra is also named the Solar Plexus Chakra . An over-performing Manipura Chakra will cause symptoms like acidity, ulcers, diabetes, etc in the body. While an underperforming one will cause an emotional imbalance..Yoga activities such as a simple walk in the sun to the Paschimottanasana, Dhanurasana, and others help balance the energy of this chakra on a daily basis.
The fourth element of panchmahabhuta is “air”, pavan in Sanskrit. Air can be felt and heard only; one cannot see the air. In human body, the oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body refers to Air. It is considered as one of the most important factor in Pranayama. As we know that the human body can not live without Oxygen which is known as Prana in Sankstrit and one must do the regular Pranayama to keep their body Oxygen rich that prevent many disease.
The element of the Anahata Chakra or Heart Chakra is the Air, or Vayu. As the name suggests, the Vayu element and its Chakra are associated with emotional well-being to a large extent. Its imbalance can cause various elements like mental depression, anxiety, high blood pressure (high or low) and many such issues. Thus, Yoga practises like the Anulom-Vilom Pranayama, Yogic Meditation, etc are quite helpful in balancing the air element in the body.
The fifth and last element of panchmahabhuta is “space” which is translated in Sanskrit at aakash. Space is the medium of sound but is inaccessible to all other senses. And as in human body the Athma (Soul) refers to Space.
The fifth chakra, the Vishuddha Chakra, is located at the Larynx that forms the base of the throat – and hence the name – Throat Chakra . The color associated with the same is blue to indicate the calmness that it must have as it is associated with communication and expression of not just our voice, but mind, body and soul. Both aggressive behavior, as well as hesitative one, are indicators of imbalanced energy of the Throat Chakra. Even hormonal issues like thyroid, stiffness of the neck etc are associated with an imbalanced Space or Ether element in the body. So how to strike the balance? Simhasana, Bhramari Pranayam, Yogic Meditation, and aloud mantra chanting all help to maintain a permanent balance of the space element. Om is the universal sound of SPACE, so chanting Om has benefited many people by restoring balance to their Vishuddha Chakra.
The combination of these 5 elements of nature makes our body and will dissolve into respective element upon death.
You have already learnt by now how each of the five elements co-exists with each other, maintaining a certain relationship, and a certain balance with each other. Based on their nature, they either stick together or stay apart, like fire and Water. These relationships form the laws of nature. Yoga helps our body maintain these laws of nature in tandem with the universal energy flowing into our body chakras in the right manner. Thus, you must adapt to Yoga in your daily life, not as an exercise for weight loss, but as a way of life to stay in tune with the five elements of nature.
- 5 elements of nature
- the 5 elements
9 Anti-Aging Yoga Poses to Stay Young and Active
Work from home yoga – tips that will help you to stay healthy, 6 yoga poses for digestion that can improve your gut health, 25 comments.
Thanks Jignesh.Great explanation & wonders for the yoga world.God bless you. Veena
Thank you very much Veenaji for your appreciation.
It means a lot for us !
The 5 elements of nature are core of human existence and you have cited them very briefly in this article. I tried to get answer of this question since long “What are the 5 elements of nature?” and just now i got the one !
Thank you very much !
we know what these five elements are. Please explain their further division into twenty-five. I would love to learn that.
Thank you very much for the explanation of five elements…
Dear Ravi, Thank you very much for your feedback about our article on 5 elements of nature. It really means a lot for us. Do you practice yoga?
How could we find the main element of our body?
the cosmos is like tree and which sustains the trees is water or simply called hydrogen. the water can be called a water or simpy avtahar. the water is called hydra or indra, so all forms and avathars are indra.because it is water which sustaieens the tree.also tree can be called three or trimurthy. . they are also indras onlyso indra is god of gods and lords of lords.
Very basic and primary information.as par Ayurved more details r required
Thank you very Mr.Satish for your input about our article on 5 elements of nature. I am completely agree with you that the article is containing primary information. I will really appreciate if you can share some detailed information in this regards.
But practically no sound travels in outer space. So how can Akasha be medium of sound??? (even though the other four elements are fine) Please reply……..
Umang , sound does exist in the form of electromagnetic vibrations that pulsate in similar wavelengths.
What NASA did was design special instruments that could record these electromagnetic vibrations, and transferred them into sounds that our ears could hear. What you’re about hear is actual sound in space, nothing has been added. It’s a beautiful, yet haunting sound that even Hans Zimmer would approve of.
But is is according to mythology So anything may/can be possible in myths It is already written there at the beginning.. If you think its correct ,then please reply.. 😎😎Khushi😎😎
Hi, is it possible for you to explain how can we improve our health knowing these five elements and how can we apply this in our daily lives? Thank you
Nader, its very simple, as u know about the basic five elements of our body . So. U have to maintain these elemental level at an equilibrium with respect to nature. For e.g. While doing yoga u can maintain the air pressure with in your body , sound is something eternal which gives a joy and makes your mind at the level where u feel pleasure, then comes water which is important to take and maintains various metabolic activities in the body , then comes fire which gives heat and light and is a all about “endothermic and exothermic” so take sun bath while yoga.
Thanks for imformation.i want more details.for donating part of bodies on that i write arit.for that
The panchtattvas form the whole universe, infact everything you see around is made up of there five elements. They play a very important role in our mental, physical and spiritual well being. We can connect to the tattvas and balance them by practices of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan.
Thank you very much Sanjana for sharing your valuable knowledge about PanchMahabhuta. We are pleased to learn your view on balancing these 5 elements of nature. Would you mind sharing more information about Tattva Shakti Vigyaa?
Out of five elements of our body,four are easily understandable but one called space/Akash isn’t very clear to anybody.I think out of millions,one may have some knowledge of it.Truely speaking no body has knowledge of this fifth element called space/Akash except the True Master.True Masters are not many in the world but rarely one or two at a time in the whole world.Pay attention what I said,space is known to man who go within his own body and crosses at least three mentions.Thank you.Nand Arora Ludhina
Thank you very much for sharing your experience about elements of nature. Do you know any master who knows about this 5th element of nature? Would love to learn from your experience.
I do agree with Mr. Nand Arora. Perfect masters are very few. One of them is head of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, near Amritsar (India)
Nice article for anyone new to know these 5 elements! Before The Lord (The Ultimate Pure Loving Light) created the Earth, the Universe was created and assigned to the Guardian Sri Aakasha to ensure cosmis clock of the all the planets are according to the Record (Destiny) set by the The Lord. After that the Earth was created along with four other elements. Thus, Sri Aakasha synchronize the planetary and earth move to everyone’s wonder. Therefore, Sri Aakasha plays the astrological effects on the earth in macrocosmic and microrocosmic level. I hope those who are not clear of of Aakasha element will understand it now. Your humbly! Om Sri Adi Parashakti Namaha.
thanks so much I understood a lot
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .
4 benefits of bikram yoga you should know about, a complete guide to yoga for seniors: types of yoga & its benefits, best healthy foods for children’s to boost [immunity and growth] in 2021, popular category.
- YogaCurious News 67
- Yoga Poses 63
- Yoga Exercise 47
- Interviews with Experts 21
- Yoga Tips 20
Yoga curious News
- Human Body 17
- Yoga Q & A 16
The motive of YogaCurious is to serve best collection of yoga products that is being shopped by people around the world.
Contact us: support @yogacurious.com
Yogacurious Copyright © 2023
The 5 Elements of Nature and Their Relationship with The Human Body
A lot of ancient philosophies around the globe classify the composition of the Universe into 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Space). These are also called the “Panch Mahabhoot.” Knowledge of these five elements helps us understand the laws of nature.
Each of the five elements represents a state of matter in nature. Solid matter is classified as the “Earth” element. Water is everything that is liquid. Air is everything that is a gas. Fire is that part of Nature that transforms one state of matter into another. Ether is the mother of the other elements and is the basis of higher spiritual experiences.
The Elements in the Human Body are closely related to the 5 elements of nature
All of the creation is made up of the five elements in different proportions. The Human body is also the product of these 5 elements in different proportions. 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air, 4% fire and the rest is Ether. Usually, the percentages of the first four elements remain constant but the percentage of Ether can be enhanced. Each element is responsible for different structures in the body.
Earth forms solid structures such as teeth, nails, bones, muscles, skin, tissues, and hair. These give structure and strength to the body. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat. Fire forms hunger, thirst, sleep, the vision in the eyes and complexion of the skin. Air is responsible for all movement including expansion, contraction, vibration, and suppression. Space is the most subtle of all elements and is present in the hollow cavities of the body in the form of radio frequencies, light radiation, cosmic rays, etc.
The “Prana” (vital force) in the human body is also directly connected to these 5 elements. The Law of Nature demands these elements to be in balance.
Imbalance of the 5 Elements of nature is the cause of most diseases
The source of chronic (self-manifested) diseases is the impurity of any of the elements or if the elements are out of balance with another element in the body.
1. Imbalance of Water element: This is visible as excess mucus, cold, sinusitis, swelling of glands, edema of tissues, blood thinning or blood clotting. 2. Imbalance of Earth element: shows itself as general weakness in the body, loss of calcium from bones, obesity, cholesterol, weight loss, and weight gain, muscular diseases, etc. 3. Imbalance of Fire element: manifests itself as fever, skin diseases like inflammation, increased coldness or heat in the body, excessive sweating, hyper-acidity, slow digestion and absorption of nutrients, toxins in the body, diabetes, etc. 4. Imbalance of Air element: leads to skin dryness, blood pressure problems, lung disorders, dry cough, bloating, constipation, lethargy, insomnia, muscular spasms, depression, etc. 5. Imbalance of Space element: is visible as Thyroid disorders, throat problems, speech disorders, epilepsy, madness, ear diseases, etc.
Yoga can help
Yoga can help us purify these elements, restore balance and maintain good health. Cleansing techniques for the 5 elements are known as “Bhuta Shuddhi”. To unfold the inner powers and abilities contained in each element. Yoga also offers techniques to master all these elements – known as “Bhuta Siddhi”.
Contact Jagadguru Kripalu Naturopathy Hospital for lifestyle consultation and chronic disease.
- Beauty and wellness
- Chronic Disease
- Diet and Nutrition
- Health and Wellness
- Health Tips
- Healthy Diet
- Home remedy for common ailments
- Kids Health
- Naturopathy Treatment
- News and Updates
- Weight Loss
- Women's Health
- Yoga for health
Inorder to lead a successful life we must have a healthy mind and to have a healthy mind we must have a healthy body by preventing toxic substances.
Mudras regulate 5 elements in our body.
Nice Article! So much subject is there to understand in this article!
Grateful for this article on the five elements. It seems that some diseases can be “self-manifested.” That implies that the cure must be inside our self too. Good to have a reminder that yog is one way to purify the elements and restore healthy balance and good health. Maybe things like diet, exercise, bed time, and other choices we may can contribute also to good health?
Wonderful article. Came to many things about Panch Mahabhoot and Bhutt sudhi.
The article is enlightening for those who are in search of spiritual values of life on this mundane earth. This reflects that God has created the mankind to reach Him ultimately when they are eager to. The elements are the passwords for entering the unknown world of spiritualism.
Thanks for this much acknowledgement this helps me to know about element of nature you guys are awesome
Thank you for explaining the 5 elements in simple way
Very well explained in simple words and convincing. Feeling great by understanding 5 elements theory. Would like to go in deep to enhance my spiritual knowledge.
Leave A Comment Cancel reply
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
- Weight Loss
- Women's Health
- Men's Health
- Mind Body Spirit
- Qigong Practice
- Real Stories
- Stress Relief
Understanding the Five Elements
“Everything that appears in the physical realm is always connected with energy flow at the invisible level.” – Grand Master Lu
On a physical level, your body expresses the energetic imbalances that are happening deep within. Through studying Five Element Consciousness , we begin to understand that symptoms are simply the body’s way of talking. For example, the emotion of fear as well as issues with the bones or teeth directly relate to the Kidney. Likewise, worry and overthinking are related to the Spleen and Stomach, as are food allergies, muscular problems and migraines in the center of the forehead. The Five Element theory becomes the key to decoding the body’s messages. That’s when each individual begins the difficult work of delving inward to understand the body from a different perspective—one based on an intuitive knowing, not on fear, worry or concern.
Every human being is born with a gift—the intuitive wisdom to heal the body from all of its ailments. It also has the incredible ability to keep the body in harmony, thereby preventing dis-ease in any form. Prevention is the focus of TCM. However, people often turn to alternative medicines when their bodies are so far out of balance that they are calling out for help. Studying Five Element Consciousness helps the individual to reawaken its innate healing ability. It fine tunes our healing powers and ups our healing potential. A true understanding of this framework is like having a secret medical bag in your back pocket. It’s something that’s accessible at any time and in any place.
This ancient and Universal framework embodies so much more than the human being and its emotional and physical components. The Five Elements reflects a deep knowing of natural law and provides a blueprint for understanding all of Nature and our role within it. Interconnections are everywhere. Just as nothing in Nature can truly be viewed in isolation (a plant or animal must be studied within its habitat and within its larger ecosystem), nothing in the human body can be separated. All organ systems have a physical and an energetic function, which relates to the five major elements in Nature. Each of the elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—include categories such as a season, a direction, climate, stage of growth and development, internal organ, body tissue, emotion, aspect of the soul, taste, color, sound . . . the categories are seemingly limitless.
The Multiple Dimensions of Health
So what’s the key to understanding the Five Elements? Take off the glasses that you’ve been using to look at life and health and understand that just as Nature has multiple levels of interconnections, so too does the human body. Instead, look at your body—your life and your health—from a new angle. Life is not “flat”. The body is not “flat”. Nature is not “flat”. All of life happens in a multi-dimensional world, so why should health be any different? The Five Elements offers a diagnostic framework to recognize where imbalances in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit lie.
Intrigued by the Five Element Framework? If so, take a deeper look into TCM Wisdom. What Comes First: Symptom or Disease?
3 Responses to Understanding the Five Elements
Those are the two mystery meridians called San Jiao and Pericardium. Very powerful time to practice Qigong.
This is a clear and concise explanation of natural process. Very much like it.
Comment *connecting…..really good
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .
The Body’s Warning Signs: Part 2
The Body’s Warning Signs: Part 1
Six Tips to Transition Into Winter
Full Beaver Moon and Women’s Health
Grand Master Lu’s Message: The Gift of Thanksgiving
34 West 27th Street Suite 1212 New York, NY 10001
The Adiveda Newsletter
The 5 elements that make up our body and the cosmos
Discover more from The Adiveda Newsletter
Earth, water, fire, air and space.
The entire cosmic creation begins from what is known as the Pancha Mahabhutas or the five great elements. Whether it is the individual human body or the larger cosmic body, essentially, they are made up of these five elements or the Pancha Mahabhutas – earth, water, fire, air and space ( prithvi , apas , agni , vayu and akasha ).
Shiva is known as Bhutanatha or Lord of the Elements and the Chola kings of Tamil Nadu in South Bharat built five Shiva mandirs known as the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas in which Shiva is glorified as the manifestation of one of these elements. Tamil Nadu is famous for the five mandirs of Lord Shiva pertaining to the five elements. Prithvi or earth is in Ekambareshwara in Kanchipuram, apas or water is in Thiruvannaikkaval, agni or fire is found in Thiruvannamalai, vayu or air is seen at the mandir of Sri Kalahasti and akasha or space in Chidambaram.
In a single living cell, the structure of the cell is the earth element, the liquid or cytoplasm within the cell membrane is the water element, the metabolic processes regulating the cell is the fire element, the gases regulating the functioning of the cell is the air element and the space occupied by the cell denotes the space element.
How do we experience the world outside? If we were totally different from the world there would be no way that we could experience it. Therefore, the creator has put five agents into our body corresponding to the five elements by which we can experience the glory of this creation. These agents are our five sense organs – eyes, nose, skin, ear and tongue. Only a person who has all these five will be able to cognise the world correctly. If even one of these organs are missing, our experience of the earth will be that much less!
So let us see which organ refers to which element. Akasha or ether is the subtlest of all the elements. It is that in which everything takes place. In Hinduism the subtle always precedes the gross and not the other way round as we would suppose. The “ tanmatra ” or subtle quality of this element is “ shabda ” because it is capable of transporting sound. Sound waves can only be transmitted through space ( akasha ). In order to hear sounds, the body has been given the organ of the ear!
The next in order of subtlety is vayu or air. The special property of vayu is “ sparsha ” or touch. Even though it cannot be seen, it can be felt! The skin is the agent in our body that can feel touch. It also represents the gaseous state of matter and is responsible for the respiratory system.
The third element is agni or fire. It represents form without substance and it is something that we can see. The tanmatra is “ rupa ” or form. Of course the organ of perception in our body is the eye! The element of fire is also responsible for digestion.
The fourth element is apas or water and is represented by the sense organ of the tongue which is used for the dual function of both taste and speech. The tanmatra is “ rasa ” or taste. It represents the liquid state of matter and is responsible for fluid metabolism in the body. Blood, lymph and other fluids are considered as water elements.
The fifth element is prithvi or earth and its tanmatra is “ gandha ” or smell. Of course the nose is the organ representing smell. Prithvi represents the solid state of matter and is responsible for the physical constitution of the body. Bones, tissues and teeth are all considered as earth elements. The earth element is not only the basis of the physical body but it also promotes strength of mind, steadfastness, determination and uninterrupted advancement towards any goal. All individuals have to have all these five sense organs in order to perfectly experience the world we live in.
Akasha is the subtlest and prithvi , the grossest. Each element is used to create the next element, each less subtle than the next. The grossest element of prithvi (earth) can be perceived by all the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The next subtler element apas or water has no smell but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. Next comes agni or fire which can be heard, felt and seen. After that comes vayu or air which can be heard and felt. Last comes akasha in which only sounds can be heard.
We are guilty of despoiling all these great elements and that is why we have to suffer from so many physical and mental disorders. Today we will only take the way in which we try to destroy the “earth” element.
We treat her like dirt and hence she is sending us worms and viruses! From the time humankind has lived on the earth we have started despoiling her. We have stolen all her precious articles – gold, silver, diamonds, coal, petroleum etc. by digging deep into her bowels. We have turned a deaf ear to her cries. We are also fast denuding her of her beautiful garments like trees, grasses and flowers. We tunnel into her bowels to make our metros and tubes, we cut through her mountains to make our paths easier, and crush stones and rocks to make our houses. Beautiful rounded pebbles from the rivers that have taken millions of years to shape are broken down in minutes to make our roads. We are the greatest predators. There is no animal as cruel as the human being. We prey upon the glorious creatures of the earth. By cutting forests we deny them their habitat and then kill them when they come into our fields because they have nothing to eat. We treat domestic animals as if they live only to give pleasure to our palates, uncaring of the inhuman way we treat them.
So, today’s plea to all of you is to treat the earth as your mother, care for her and look after her and all the creatures that live on her. By doing this, you will find a dramatic change both mentally and physically.
Hari Aum Tat Sat!
Thanks for reading The Adiveda Newsletter! Subscribe to receive new posts and support our work.
Ready for more?
Five Element Acupuncture Acupuncturists near Stanford, CA
HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH
Holistic Health Coach
Healthier ~ happier ~ younger.
Stress relief .
5 elements workshop.
Health resources, welcome to 5 elements wellness.
We believe that optimal health is achievable for everyone.
Are you struggling with low energy, poor eating habits, stress and anxiety , lack of exercise, chronic health issues, weight management, digestive issues , mental health concerns?
Are you feeling a lack of accountability or confused by conflicting health information ?
As a holistic health and wellness coach, I take a personalized approach to help you achieve your health goals.
Whether you're looking to increase your
energy levels ,
or improve your overall well-being ,
I'm here to support you every step of the way. Together, we'll create a plan that works for you and your unique needs , taking into account your lifestyle, preferences, and any health concerns you may have.
With my guidance, you'll learn how to make healthy choices that fit your lifestyle and help you feel your best. From improving your eating habits to incorporating more movement into your day, I'll provide the tools and resources you need to succeed.
If you're dealing with chronic health issues or mental health concerns, I'll work with you to create a plan that addresses your specific needs.
At 5 Elements Wellness, we understand that accountability is critical to achieving your health goals. That's why I'll be there to support you every step of the way, providing guidance and encouragement to help you stay on track. And with my help, you'll be able to navigate the confusing world of health information and make informed choices that work for you.
Ready to take the first step toward optimal health?
Schedule today your free consultation and learn more about how I can help you achieve your health goals.
5 Elements Theory, the oldest field-tested psychological and physiological system
Emotional Freedom Technique
Tai Chi & Qigong
Customized Fitness Plan
5 Elements Wellness Program for individuals
Functional fitness and longevity.
Corporate Wellness Programs
Challenges and LIVE Classes
The 5 elements theory is the oldest field-tested psychological and physiological system.
An excellent tool to improve physical and mental health, boost self-confidence, elevate stress, enhance relationships at home and work. It can be applied to a team-building process!
Breathing Exercises for Optimal Mental & Physical Performance
Better Sleep / Less Stress
Assessments / Tests
Fitness & Nutrition
Better YOU Challenges
Gut Health Makeover
EFT / Tapping
Mindfulness / Self-Hypnosis
Holistic Approach - Many Tools - One G oal: BETTER YOU
We design personal wellness plans using 5 elements theory tools, tai chi & bare foot training.
Healing home environment
Individual ageless fitness & meal plans
Acupressure BARE foot training EFT & NLP
Stress / Sleep
Small private groups
Olga Holte Certified Integrative Health Coach, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, HeartMath® Certified Mentor , Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist, Stress Management Coach, Functional Aging & Brain Health Specialist, FlowCode Coach, Reiki Master, Feng Shui, and NLP, EFT practitioner. Tai Chi and Qigong trainer. Math and Physics teacher and financial advisor in the past. Read more about Olga here.
Olga is very passionate and extremely knowledgeable about her subject. She spends all the time necessary for the client and exceeds any expectations. Great customer service, follow-up, She always stays on top of client needs. I liked working with Olga very much and will recommend her to my friends and clients.
Elena, Seattle WA
“Seeing Olga was a very good decision on my part. She changed the way I think and see the situation in my life differently. The tools she taught me are invaluable and will last a lifetime. Thank you! ”
Payton, Redmond WA
I enjoyed working with Olga on my family finances, budgeting and organizing our important papers. She helped me get past my anxiety around money and to take control of money matters.
Reese, Everett WA
500+ Best Spiritual Self-Care Quotes That Will Help Your Spiritual Journey
Posted: December 4, 2023 | Last updated: December 4, 2023
In this blog post, we’ve curated the best spiritual self-care quotes that encompass wisdom from various spiritual traditions and philosophies.
Self-care is an essential practice that nourishes our mind, body, and soul. Incorporating spiritual elements into self-care can elevate the experience, promoting a deeper sense of inner peace and clarity.
It is easy to take your health for granted and not listen to your true self if you’re focusing on the noise coming from your outer world. Nourishing your spirit is your greatest power as it will take you further in life.
These quotes are designed to inspire and uplift, serving as gentle reminders to prioritize self-care and embrace the beauty of holistic well-being.
Table of contents
Mindfulness and presence, gratitude and abundance, inner strength and resilience, love and compassion, reflection and inner wisdom, self care quotes: importance of taking care of yourself, funny self-care quotes, best quotes about self care, self-love quotes to inspire you, funny self love quotes, final thoughts, inspirational quotes for your spiritual self.
It is important that you don’t take your body for granted and practice self care. By engaging in self care practices, you are taking all the pressures off your shoulders and allowing room for your authentic self to become stronger.
Some self-care ideas include meditating every day, writing down your thoughts, and taking the time to relax after a long day. If you know how to take care of yourself, your outer world will reflect the same on you.
So, give the care it requires and watch as your world transforms into something magical. Here’s the scoop on spiritual and self care quotes!
These quotes emphasize the power of mindfulness and presence in nurturing our spiritual well-being. By anchoring ourselves in the present moment, we cultivate a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us.
Amidst the constant rush of life’s demands, quotes have been tagged with the wisdom to remind us to pause, breathe, and listen to our true selves.
Quotes that will help us in this endeavor are like whispers of encouragement, encouraging us to shed the burdens of the past and the anxieties of the future, anchoring us firmly in the gift of the present.
- “The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much, and forget about the joy of just being.” – Eckhart Tolle
- “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” – Joseph Campbell
- “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass
- “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou
- “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil
- “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” – Eckhart Tolle
- “Breathe and let be.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
- “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.” – Sylvia Boorstein
- “Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa
- “Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg
- “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
- “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this.” – Mark Williams
- “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha
- “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray
- “Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite.” – Susan Albers
- “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.” – James Baraz
- “The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller
- “Mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of life.” – Big Think
- “Mindfulness isn’t the answer to everything, and it’s important that our enthusiasm doesn’t run ahead of the evidence.” – Tony Bates
- “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
- “With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “Without mindfulness and compassion the suffering is too great to bear. We close our minds. We close our eyes and our hearts.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness, which, among other things, is an attentive listening, is essential to the whole of life, to every moment of life, and to every act of life.” – Frank MacHovec
- “Mindfulness can play a big role in transforming our lives and the lives of those around us.” – Mark Williams
- “Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” – Louis L’Amour
- “There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” – Tara Brach
- “Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.” – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
- “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan
- “The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” – Earon Davis
- “Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha
- “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Remember, mindfulness is the practice of being present with what is, not trying to be in a different moment.” – Kellie Edwards
- “Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.” – Elizabeth Thornton
- “Wherever you go, there you are.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “The future is always beginning now.” – Mark Strand
- “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” – Jack Kornfield
- “Mindfulness gives freedom from negative and fixed mindsets.” – Dr. Hiten Vyas
- “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
- “Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.” – Henepola Gunaratana
- “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness could also be described as ‘heartfulness’ because it is really about a compassionate awareness.” – Williams and Penman
- “Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies.” – Tara Brach
- “Being present with love, for yourself and others, creates a miracle in our lives.” – Gayle Goodwin
- “Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness is so powerful that the fact it comes out of Buddhism is irrelevant.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness isn’t just about knowing that you’re hearing something, seeing something, or even observing that you’re having a particular feeling. It’s about doing so in a certain way – with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight.” – Sharon Salzberg
- “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.” – Pema Chödrön
- “In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are the same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle
- “Mindfulness meditation is the embrace of any and all mind states in awareness, without preferring one to another.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Consider for a moment that mindfulness could be the most important thing you’ve ever done.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.” – P.T. Barnum
- “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent
- “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck
- “Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” – Deepak Chopra
- “Rest and be thankful.” – William Wordsworth
- “Mindfulness is about rejection of the habitual, the normative, and the mindless. It’s about always asking, is this necessary?” – Ellen Langer
- “Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Watch more sunsets than Netflix.” – Unknown
- “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
- “Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill
- “Mindfulness isn’t something you get or acquire. It’s already there. It’s a matter of fine-tuning your awareness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
- “Peace is every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Mindfulness isn’t difficult; we just need to remember to do it.” – Sharon Salzberg
- “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam
- “You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle
- “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
- “Mindfulness is letting things be as they actually are in the present.” – Ajahn Sumedho
- “The whole essence of Zen consists in walking along the razor’s edge of Now – to be so utterly, so completely present that no problem, no suffering, nothing that is not who you are in your essence, can survive in you. In the Now, in the absence of time, all your problems dissolve. Suffering needs time; it cannot survive in the Now.” – Eckhart Tolle
- “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?” – David Bader
- “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra
- “Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing because you’re either mindful or you’re not.” – Richard Gere
- “Mindfulness is about love and loving life.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Mindfulness is the essence of training.” – Ajahn Chah
- “Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Embrace the ethereal dance of life, for in every sunrise and gentle breeze, there lies a whisper of the spiritual in tendency.”
Spiritual quotes that echo the power of gratitude become beacons of light, illuminating the path toward a more fulfilling existence. By embracing gratitude, we shift our focus from what is lacking to the countless blessings surrounding us.
These quotes help us cultivate an attitude of appreciation, fostering a mindset where every moment becomes an opportunity to celebrate the abundance that resides in the here and now.
- “Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher
- “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Tony Robbins
- “The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
- “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer
- “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
“Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle
These quotes celebrate the transformative power of gratitude, reminding us to appreciate the abundance that surrounds us and cultivate a heart full of thankfulness.
- “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
- “In the garden of gratitude, abundance grows.”
- “Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.”
- “Abundance is not something we acquire; it is something we tune into.”
- “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
- “In the dance of life, gratitude is the rhythm that leads to abundance.”
- “The more you are grateful for, the more you will attract to be grateful for.”
- “Abundance is not about how much you have, but how much you appreciate what you have.”
- “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”
- “In the language of gratitude, even the whisper of thanks can create abundance.”
- “Abundance is not the absence of problems; it’s the presence of gratitude in the midst of difficulties.”
- “The richness of life lies in the gratitude we feel for its simple pleasures.”
- “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on, get drunk.”
- “Abundance is not a possession; it’s a mindset.”
- “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”
- “Abundance is not about having more but appreciating more.”
- “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
- “In the vast universe of blessings, gratitude is the constellations that light up our darkest nights.”
- “Gratitude is the bridge between lack and abundance.”
- “Abundance flows into a grateful heart like a river into the sea.”
- “Gratitude is the music of the heart, playing the melody of abundance.”
- “Abundance is not just having things; it’s about appreciating what you have.”
- “Gratitude turns ordinary days into thanksgiving, routine jobs into joy, and common opportunities into blessings.”
- “Abundance is not found in possessions but in a heart full of gratitude.”
- “Gratitude is the key that opens the door to abundance in all aspects of life.”
- “In the garden of gratefulness, seeds of abundance are planted, and blessings bloom in profusion.”
The spiritual life, with its profound wisdom and timeless truths, becomes a wellspring of inspiration. In the face of trials, these spiritual principles serve as guiding stars, illuminating a path toward resilience.
Like beacons of light, the quotes will inspire and fortify the spirit, reminding us that setbacks are not roadblocks but opportunities for growth.
These quotes speak to the resilience and inner strength that reside within us, empowering us to navigate life’s challenges with grace and fortitude.
- “The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.” – C. JoyBell C.
- “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy
- “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” – Robert Jordan
- “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
- “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
- “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli
- “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
- “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
- “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
- “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
- “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
- “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi
- “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
- “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
- “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
- “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
- “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett
- “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo—far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult
- “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
- “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass but about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
- “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” – Morris Mandel
- “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb
- “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
- “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
- “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
- “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
- “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill
- “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
- “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney
- “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
- “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
- “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
- “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
- “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” – Babe Ruth
- “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston S. Churchill
- “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats
- “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
- “Perseverance is not a long race; it’s many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliot
- “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
- “Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.” – Joel Osteen
- “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
- “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
- “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Charles Kingsleigh
- “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher
- “The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt
- “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills
- “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey
- “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Unknown
- “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves
- “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
- “Perseverance is not a passive submission to circumstances—it is a strong and active response to the difficult events of life.” – Elizabeth George
- “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
- “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis
- “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
- “Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
Love and compassion, when woven into the fabric of our lives, render the use of time more sustainable and meaningful.
In the grand tapestry of existence, embracing love as a guiding principle allows us to connect authentically with our true selves and extend that genuine connection to others.
These quotes illuminate the profound impact of love and compassion in nurturing our spiritual well-being, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all beings.
- “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
- “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz
- “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi
- “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” – Pema Chödrön
- “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou
- “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
- “Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.” – Lao Tzu
- “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu
- “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
- “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
- “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. …live in the question.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
- “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
- “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Gustav Jung
- “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
- “Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” – Rumi
- “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
- “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu
- “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
- “Let silence take you to the core of life.” – Rumi
- “Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” – Pema Chodron
- “Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” – Bella Bleue
- “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy R. Bennett
- “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” – Buddha
- “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
- “You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” – Amit Ray
- “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss
- “When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.” – Petri Räisänen
- “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay
- “Your inner strength is your outer foundation.” – Allan Rufus
- “Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” – Katherine Dunham
- “Within each of us is a light, awake, encoded in the fibers of our existence. Divine ecstasy is the totality of this marvelous creation experienced in the hearts of humanity.” – Tony Samara
- “The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss
- “Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.” – Shakti Gawain
- “Healing comes from gathering wisdom from past actions and letting go of the pain that the education cost you.” – Caroline Myss
- “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” – Joseph Campbell
- “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou
- “The quieter you become the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass
- “True meditation is about being fully present with everything that is–including discomfort and challenges. It is not an escape from life.” – Craig Hamilton
- “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
- “Your inner knowing is your only true compass.” – Joy Page
- “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
- “Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia
- “Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still.’ What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’.” – Ramana Maharshi
- “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli
- “Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day and the rest will fall into place.” – Unknown
- “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown
- “Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
- “An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” – Unknown
- “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed
- “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer
- “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
- “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale
- “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” – Brené Brown
- “Show how much we care through the warmth of our actions, the sincerity of our words, and the depth of our empathy.”
Basic soul care involves tuning into the whispers of your inner self with compassion and intention. It’s the art of nourishing the soul through mindful practices, acknowledging your emotions, and creating space for self-reflection.
- “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
- “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates
- “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung
- “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – Carl Jung
- “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey
- “Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” – Katrina Mayer
- “You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.” – Geneen Roth
- “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
- “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
- “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Sharon Salzberg
- “In your own life, it’s important to know how spectacular you are.” – Steve Maraboli
- “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen
- “You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.” – Suzy Kassem
- “When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.” – Harry Palmer
- “Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you.” – Unknown
- “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle
- “You are your best thing.” – Toni Morrison
- “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” – Charles Bukowski
- “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Time alone is a sacred retreat, an opportunity to recharge, rediscover oneself, and foster inner strength. In solitude, we find the space to reflect, rejuvenate, and connect with the deepest layers of our being.”
- “There are things in life you’ll miss if you don’t take a moment to appreciate the simple joys and the beauty around you.”
Self-care is a profound acknowledgment of our greatest and grandest responsibility – to ourselves. It involves navigating through life’s demands in ways that feel nurturing and replenishing.
In a world often consumed by external expectations and obligations, prioritizing self-care becomes a revolutionary act of self-love. It’s about carving out intentional moments to listen to our needs, to breathe in tranquility, and to honor the temple that is our body and soul.
When we embrace self-care, we not only replenish our own well-being but also unlock the capacity to give care to others from a place of abundance.
Take note of the best quotes about self care and watch your world drastically change for the better.
- “Nourish your soul with the gentle embrace of self-care, fueled by the profound desire to care for the one person who matters most—you.”
- “Take care of the things that truly matter—your mind, body, and spirit.”
- “Embrace self-care for the betterment of your being, where each moment dedicated to your well-being becomes a step towards a more radiant and fulfilled life.”
- “Cultivate soul and body with the tender care they deserve, for in nurturing both, you sow the seeds of a harmonious and flourishing existence.”
- “Care for ourselves gives rise to a flourishing garden of well-being, where the blossoms of inner peace, resilience, and joy thrive abundantly.”
- “By taking care of ourselves, we unlock the transformative power to nurture not only our bodies but also our minds and spirits.”
- “Must care for ourselves with the same diligence we offer to others.”
- “Self-care is what keeps our inner flame glowing, our spirits resilient, and our hearts open to the beauty of life’s journey.”
- “Nobody will care for you as deeply and profoundly as you can care for yourself.”
- “The benefit of self-care extends far beyond momentary relief; it is a profound investment in your own well-being, a commitment to replenishing your spirit, and a pathway to sustainable joy and resilience in your life.”
- “To achieve that beauty which emanates from within, nurture yourself with kindness, practice self-care as a sacred ritual, and watch as your inner radiance effortlessly transforms into an outer glow that captivates the world around you.”
- “Treat others better not only as an act of kindness but as a reflection of the abundant self-care you’ve cultivated within. The beauty of your compassion towards others is a testament to the love you’ve nurtured for yourself.”
- “Enough to be taken care of begins with recognizing your own worth.”
- “Beauty is the thing that unfolds when we tenderly nurture our souls, cherish the uniqueness within, and allow self-love to blossom.”
- “You were put on earth to offer kindness, sow seeds of compassion, and radiate the light of understanding.”
- “A pedicure doesn’t last forever, but the self-care it represents echoes in the lasting comfort and confidence it brings.”
- “Allow yourself to be self indulgent as it will allow you replenish your spirit, fostering a reservoir of joy and resilience that enhances every note of your existence.”
- “If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.”
- “It’s perfectly permissible to listen to the whispers of your own heart, granting yourself the freedom to explore your dreams, acknowledge your needs, and nurture your well-being.”
- “Soul and body, as faithfully tended gardens, bloom with the exquisite flowers of self-care.”
- “If you don’t have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough.” – Phyllis Diller
- “Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” – Ram Dass
- “Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives.” -Unknown
- “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
- “They say good things take time, so that’s why I’m always late.” -Unknown
- “No is a complete sentence.” –Anne Lamott
- “If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete.” –Jack Kornfield
- “They say nobody’s perfect. Guess what? I’m nobody.” -Unknown
- “Ice cream is cheaper than therapy.” -Unknown
- “Objects in the mirror are cuter than they appear.” -Unknown
“Wildflower; pick up your pretty little head,
It will get easier, your dreams are not dead.” ― Nikki Rowe
- “If you want to help her, you need to help yourself first. No one serves their friends by grinding themselves into dust on the altar of compassion.” ― Seanan McGuire
- “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” ― Parker Palmer
- “Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.” ― Matt Haig
- “Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.” ― Tia Walker
- “Today and onwards, I stand proud, for the bridges I’ve climbed, for the battles I’ve won, and for the examples I’ve set, but most importantly, for the person I have become. I like who I am now, finally, at peace with me…” ― Heather James
- “By taking up space, standing up for ourselves, and reassessing a future with crystal-clear perspectives, we gain clarity and make room for self-care, well-being, and joy.” – Erik Pevernagie
- “As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.” ― Akiroq Brost
- “If someone doesn’t care about himself, you begin to lose interest after a while.” ― Kem Nunn
- “The body can endure practically anything–pain, fatigue, you name it– but its the mind that matters.” ― Dave Pelzer
“Lineage, personality, and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential.”
― Mollie Marti
“You can do this, and if you can’t do it today, you’ll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure.”
― Alisha Rai
- “Sometimes feeling good isn’t about picking up more things to do, but about letting go of things that have nothing to do with you.” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Life is about holding the beautiful moments close,
Squeezing the sweetness tight,
Processing the awful and letting go.” ― Jodi Livon
“finally… i’m brave enough to recognise that this place is not what my soul needs. i must depart.”
― Malebo Sephodi
- “We need to replace your vicious stress cycle with a vicious cycle of self-care -Dr. Sara Gottfried
- Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.” -Frances Ryan
- “I always give myself Sundays as a spiritual base of renewal—a day when I do absolutely nothing. I sit in my jammies or take a walk, and I allow myself time to BE—capital B-E—with myself.” – Oprah Winfrey
- “Any time we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch. “– Parker J Palmer
- “Self-care is not a waste of time. Self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
Self-love is the cornerstone of a fulfilled life, a gentle reminder that amidst the relentless plans for doing work and the obligations to many others whose lives intertwine with ours, we must reserve a sacred space for our own well-being.
In the hustle of daily life, it is easy to overlook the importance of nurturing ourselves. Yet, self-love is not a luxury but a necessity.
It is the recognition that we too deserve the kindness, compassion, and care we readily extend to others.
- “Beauty is just a cute facade until it harmonizes with kindness, empathy, and authenticity.”
- “Care for ourselves in every season of life is a sacred commitment, a continuous act of self-love that blossoms in the warmth of our kindness and resilience.”
- “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.”
- “Your worth is not determined by others; it’s an inside job.”
- “Self-love is the best love.”
- “Be your own kind of beautiful.”
- “You are enough just as you are.”
- “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”
- “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
- “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball
- “Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
- “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” – Robert Morley
- “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” – Parker Palmer
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Be proud of who you are, not ashamed of how someone else sees you.”
- “Loving oneself isn’t hard; when we understand who we were created to be, it simply becomes a habit.”
- “You must love yourself before anyone else can fully do so.”
- “Investing time in self-love provides lifelong returns.”
- “Inhale confidence; exhale doubt.”
- “Choosing self-love means choosing personal growth.”
- “Believe in your worthiness because nobody else’s opinion matters.”
- “Seek to be whole, not perfect.” – Oprah
- “True self-care is not bath salts and chocolate cake; it’s making the choice to build a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Brianna Wiest
- “When you say, ‘yes’ to others make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho
- “You alone are enough; you have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
- “I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.” – Louis L’Amour
- “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
- “Do things that make you feel good: mind, body, and soul.” – Robyn Conley Downs
- “I am who I am. Not who you think I am. Not who you want me to be. I am me.” – Brigitte Nicole
- “I wish I could make everyone understand how important this statement is: go where you are wanted.” – S. McNutt
- “Everyone one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” – Diana, Princess of Wales
- “The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Swati Sharma
- “Make happiness your priority and be gentle with yourself in the process.” – Bronnie Ware
- “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” – Michele Ruiz
- “She will rise. With a spine of steel and a roar like thunder, she will rise.” – Nicole Lyons
- “Accepting yourself only as long as you look a certain way isn’t self love, it’s self destruction.” – Laci Green
- “Bring the sun over my heart, I want to bloom.” – Alexandra Vasiliu
- “I’m doing it for me.” – Unknown
- “Life tried to crush her, but only succeeded in creating a diamond.” – John Mark Green
- “Unconditional self love is all the really matters in life. It’s where real life begins.” – Anonymous
- “The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.” Viktor E. Frankl
- “To love is to be vulnerable.” – Brene Brown
- “Self-kindness is self-empathy. And even when I talk to myself like someone I love and it feels weird, it works.” – Brene Brown
- “Not having to pretend simplifies our life. On the other hand, pretending day after day to be someone you are not, requires enormous effort.” – Piero Ferrucci
- “When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset. Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet. Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take. Find yourself in the appreciation of life.” – Christy Ann Martine
- “Breathe darling, this is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” – S.C. Laurie
- “If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
- “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” – Warsan Shire
- “Sometimes you will need people to support you and they won’t be available, not because they don’t care but because they’re the main character of their own life, not just the supporting character in yours.” – kesiawrites
- “Don’t go back to less just because you’re too impatient to wait for better.” – Unknown
- “Don’t let the bad days make you think you have a bad life.” – Unknown
- “Give yourself the love you’re willing to give to others.” – Mahin Ismail
- “There are no prerequisites to worthiness. You are born worthy.” – Unknown
- “Nothing else falls into line when you’re cold to your own person. Everything else falls into line when you open your heart to yourself and stay true to your own person.” – Anonymous
- “Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” – Mark Twain
- “Don’t compare your life to others, there’s no comparison between the sun and the moon, they both shine when it’s their time.” – Unknown
- “You ain’t gotta like me. I like me.” – Kanye West
- “Other people’s opinion of you, whether it’s good or bad, should not be grounds in which you base your self worth. Your value is inherent within you. What matters the most is whether you know you are worthy.” – Ash Alves
- “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” – Dolly Parton
- “It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It is only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the heart of others.” – Robin Sharma
- “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown
- “The Golden Rule is a two-way street: we should do unto ourselves as we do unto others.” – Rick Hanson
- “You get the benefits of both giving and receiving compassion when you offer it to yourself.” – Rick Hanson
- “Well-being comes from meeting our needs, not denying them.” – Rick Hanson
- “Unless we love and treat ourselves well, we are ill-equipped to do the same for others.” – Angela C. Santomero
- “We can truly love one another once we love who we are.” –Angela C. Santomero
- “To accept oneself completely is to know the truest kind of self-love.” – Anonymous
- “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou
- “Love yourself first like the sun that warms the world, let the glow of your self-love illuminate the path to a life embraced by warmth and authenticity.”
These funny quotes about self love can also serve as mental health quotes to inspire you to be better to yourself.
- “Love yourself like Kanye loves Kanye.”
- “Be your own #1 fan and cheerleader, because who needs a cheering section when you have self-love?”
- “Remember, you’re not just a snack—you’re the whole meal!”
- “Self-love is not selfish; it’s like giving yourself a big warm hug from the inside.”
- “Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my own fairy godmother after all!”
- “Fall in love with yourself so deeply that even Netflix starts feeling jealous.”
- “You are the Beyoncé of your life—embrace your inner diva and shine brightly!”
- “Self-love is the best love affair you’ll ever have—no drama, no heartbreaks, only pure bliss.”
- “Forget Prince Charming; be your own damn knight in shining armor!”
- “Believe me when I say this: ‘You are more fabulous than a unicorn riding a rainbow!'”
- “Loving yourself is like owning an unlimited supply of confidence—it’s time to cash in on it!”
- “Embrace your quirks and imperfections—after all, they make you one-of-a-kind and utterly lovable!”
- “Dance to your own rhythm, darling! You’re the DJ of self-love.”
- “Stop looking for validation from others – give it to yourself by loving every inch of who you are!”
- “If self-love were currency, honey, I’d be rolling in dough!”
- “You deserve all the love songs dedicated to someone else – write them for yourself.”
- “Warning: Self-love may cause excessive smiling and contagious awesomeness.”
- “Your worth isn’t measured by how much someone loves you – it’s measured by how much YOU love YOURSELF.”
- “Self-love is the ultimate superpower – use it wisely, my friend.”
- “In a world full of trends, be classic. Fall in love with yourself and stay forever chic!”
These spiritual self care quotes prompt introspection and self-discovery, inviting us to tap into our inner wisdom and embrace the transformative journey of self-realization. These quotes will help lead you in a spiritual direction towards your higher self.
Become a new priority in your life as it is simply good stewardship to listen to your body and practice self love.
Watch as your authentic self gets stronger with new self-care habits. This is a reminder that you are worthy of love and belonging.
Get the scoop on more beautiful quotes below:
- 500 Inspirational Quotes Beginning New Journey (2023)
- 500 Short Inspirational Quotes For Tattoo Ideas
- 100+ Winnie the Pooh Inspirational Quotes
The post 500+ Best Spiritual Self-Care Quotes That Will Help Your Spiritual Journey appeared first on Sarah Scoop .
More for You
Fox News Cuts Off Donald Trump During Live Broadcast
Weight-Loss Drugs Pose Risks for People Over 65, Experts Say
IRS announces new tax brackets for 2024. What does that mean for you?
College Football Playoff committee didn't pick the four best teams
Two-year-old school building to be demolished
Ukrainian Sniper Breaks Cover to Claim World-Record Hit of More Than 2 Miles
Earthquake Hits Disneyland as Customers Forced to Evacuate Rides
AGs fed up with NYT, CNN Hamas coverage issues stern warning: ‘Follow the law’
Caught on camera! The world's biggest iceberg, a megaberg, 3 times size of New York City
8 Things You’ll Regret Leaving in Your Garage This Winter
Why Americans should worry about Subway’s new ownership
Former Connecticut lawmaker to report to prison for stealing $1.2M in COVID funds
After surviving a stroke at 40, dad shares the warning signs he ignored
Israeli military raids Hamas' headquarters
Kyle Shanahan on 49ers-Eagles incident: 'Can't believe someone uninvolved in a game can taunt our players'
Finally! A Definitive List of What Those F1 – F12 Keys Do
This dying lake could be the site of California’s next ‘gold’ rush
Ukraine Official Accuses Zelensky of Lying About the War
Age is a sore spot for Joe Biden. Here's why Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump don't face the same scrutiny
McDonald’s secret spin-off chain CosMc’s gears up to open — here’s what we know so far
5 Elements Fitness
Our classes, mma fitness (all levels).
Monday & Wednesday 5 – 6 pm Muay Thai-style padwork and Karate-based speed & flexibility training. Beginners welcome.
Strength & Conditioning
Tuesday and Thursday 5 – 6 pm High intensity bodyweight workouts combined with core strength-building routines.
Barney Walker Co-founder and Head Coach
Barney has trained several different Martial Arts over the last 18 years including Karate and Muay Thai. Barney leads our classes every day at 5 Elements Fitness.
At 5 Elements Fitness we combine aspects of martial arts training with bootcamp-style work outs and core strengthening exercises in a focused and friendly training environment.
Jeff Sutton Co-founder and Technical Director
5 Elements would still be three guys doing push ups under a tree in the rain if it was not for Jeff’s enthusiasm and abilities on the online/marketing side of things.
What they say about us.
“Amazing physical training with Barney and the 5 Elements Fitness Crew.”
Joiner/Builder and all round top bloke
“After 10 weeks training at 5 elements my fitness has skyrocketed.”
Consultant Anesthetist and Conor McGregor impersonator
“5 Elements fitness is a fantastic class. Barney is a great motivator and it’s awesome to do this fitness class with a group of like minded people.”
5 elements fitness gear.
Get yourself some 5 Elements threads and training gear
Morgan Professional 16 oz Leather Boxing Gloves
5 Elements Hoodie
5 Elements Singlet
Morgan Elite Boxing & Muay Thai Leather Gloves
For general questions
Please get in contact with us should you have any questions in regards to training.
Address: 10 Upper Timaru Road, Tataraimaka, 4374 Phone: 027 752 7076 Email: [email protected]
Connect with us on
Use the Element Five Fitness App to book your studio visits.
We help people feel good..
Like you, we’re frustrated by the lack of care and confusion in the health and fitness industry.
We want you to reach your goals with confidence.
Our intention is to help you live pain and injury-free .
Learn more about our studio and philosophy around fitness..
HTML <address> Tag
The HTML <address> tag creates the 'address' element, which represents an address in an HTML document. This address is usually related to authorship of the current HTML document, or a section of the document.
If the <address> element's nearest ancestor is the <body> element, then it applies to the document as a whole. If its nearest ancestor is the <article> element, then it applies to the section.
The <address> tag cannot represent arbitrary addresses (e.g. postal addresses) unless those addresses are the contact information for the document/section. Postal addresses should otherwise be placed inside <p> tags.
Note that an <address> element must not contain the following elements: <article> , <aside> , <nav> , <section> , <header> , <footer> , <hgroup> , <h1> - <h6> or other <address> .
The <address> tag is written as <address> </address> with the address information inserted between the start and end tags.
Email addresses are a common method of address for documents and articles on the web. You can use the address element in this manner.
Postal addresses like this can only be used if this is the actual address for the document/section.
Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.
The <address> element accepts the following attributes.
The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <address> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.
For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes .
Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.
Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.
For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes .
- Main content
Interior designers share 5 bathroom trends that'll be huge next year and 5 that will be out
- Business Insider asked interior designers to share the bathroom that will be in and out in 2024.
- Monochromatic warm shades and nature-inspired elements are becoming more popular.
- On the other hand, the designers said to stay away from minimalistic and overly rustic trends.
Business Insider asked interior designers which bathroom trends will be in and out in 2024.
Here's what they said.
Nature-inspired elements help to create a serene environment.
Interior designer and founder of Dream Home Making Elizabeth Grace said there's a rising trend in embracing nature-inspired elements like organic materials and botanical accents.
According to the expert, the trend promotes "a sense of tranquility and wellness , fostering a connection with nature amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life."
People can incorporate organic elements into their spaces through natural-stone sinks, wooden vanities, or even calming potted plants.
Eco-friendly fixtures are a growing trend.
According to Nicholas Kaiko, interior designer at Kaiko Design Interiors , there has been a growing interest in eco-friendly bathroom fixtures.
"These fixtures allow customization of water temperature, flow, and timing, offering both luxury and eco-friendliness," he told Business Insider.
The designer recommended opting for smart fixtures that have water-saving functionalities and blend well with the overall design aesthetic of the bathroom .
A tile statement wall makes a big impact.
According to Samantha Polkow, principal designer and founder of Studio HB , tile is being used to create a statement and emulate a luxe, high-end feel.
The designer said the rising trend in bathroom statement walls is due to homeowners' desire to impress guests as they get back into entertaining.
She said tile designs coming to the market in 2024 will have beautiful textures and intricate yet subtle designs.
Warm monochromatic colors help foster a spa-like environment.
According to Alexander Adducci, senior designer at 210 Design House , warm monochromatic bathrooms are moving away from stark whites and instead focusing on a spa-like ambiance.
" Monotone colors amplify the tranquility of the space, elevating the overall atmosphere and providing a sense of calm," Adducci said.
The designer recommends creating a serene, inviting bathroom with wall paint, tiles, and accessories in warmer, monotone colors.
Floating vanities offer a sophisticated aesthetic and save on space.
Grace and Adducci told BI that wall-mounted vanities can help create a streamlined and contemporary bathroom design.
"Floating vanities, whether single or double, introduce dimension and open up the visual space in a bathroom ," Adducci said.
According to Grace, they can also foster a sense of spaciousness and order, promoting a calming and unobtrusive bathroom environment that encourages relaxation and mindfulness.
On the other hand, vessel sinks have seen their day.
Though vessel sinks were all the rage at one point, they're expected to fall out of favor in the next few months.
Polkow said clients have learned that vessel sinks take up valuable counter space and can create a "splash zone" when you're washing your face or brushing your teeth.
Instead of a vessel sink, use an under-mount sink with a nice curved shape to emulate elegance without the hassle.
Rustic overload can overwhelm the design balance.
The rustic look, which may include distressed wood, vintage fixtures, and country-style accessories, is officially considered outdated .
According to Grace, an abundance of rustic features can appear out of sync with contemporary sensibilities.
If you still desire that rustic charm, Grace recommends integrating subtle accents like natural wood or vintage-inspired accessories within a contemporary design framework.
Generic bathroom sconces are being replaced by artistic lighting fixtures.
More people are replacing simplistic scones with creative lighting fixtures that can act as art or conversation pieces.
"For so long, very basic, chrome sconces were offered to clients for their bathroom lighting," Polkow said. "Most looked the same and had no visual interest at all."
For 2024, the designer recommends placing sconces asymmetrically, hanging pendants from the ceiling, or dressing up the space with more decorative lighting.
Minimalist bathrooms can lack vibrancy and warmth.
Kaiko said minimalism is losing its appeal due to its restrained design palette and sparse aesthetics.
"The trend might have become too simplistic for many, lacking the vibrancy and warmth people are currently seeking," the expert said. "It's also extremely difficult to do well."
Instead, they suggest bringing life and personal touches to a space by embracing maximalism or balancing a mix of textures, colors, and patterns.
Body spray shower systems are losing their luster.
Though they can be relaxing, many shower systems require a lot of maintenance and may waste water.
According to Polkow, more people are moving toward environmentally conscious shower options and looking for simpler solutions to reduce water waste.
The designer instead reccomends achieving a serene, spa-like space with a rain-shower head, a shower bench, or eucalyptus.