Mahabhuta: Yoga and the Five Elements


  • Mangala Studios 73 Grattan Street Carlton, Victoria Australia

All the Vedic schools of philosophy, especially Samkhya, Yoga and Ayurveda, view the world and the whole universe as an integrated entity made up of five fundamental elements that are called “panca bhuta-s”. From the Vedic point of view, the five elements come alive and manifest in various forms when linked to consciousness through the phenomenon called Prana. Our body, from the time of conception onwards, is made up of the five elements and is subject to these elemental energetic principles throughout our lives. It is important to understand that the old schools of healing such as Yoga and Ayurveda understood our existence based on prana and the five elements, which in turn influence the make up of our constitution (dosha) and the functioning of our cakra-s. Therefore not only all of our physique, but also our behavior through our actions, emotions, speech and thoughts as well as our relationship with our environment is closely connected to these principles.
The Yogasutra states that continued meditation on the five elements makes us not only understand and manipulate the elements within us, but also a master the macrocosmos. There are many stories of great Yogis in the past who had a profound understanding and mastery over the elements and thus were able to influence their own bodies and the environment in a way that seems incredible for modern minds, be it not being harmed by fire, walking on water or passing through walls. Our acharya T.Krishnamacharya had such a deep understanding of the subtle anatomy of our body, that he was even able to stop his heartbeat on multiple occasions, a feat many believed was not possible.
Even if we might not reach such a level of mastery in this life, it becomes imperative for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists to understand clearly these elemental principles, so that a deeper understanding of the tools of Yoga can occur. This practical seminar will be hosted in a beautiful studio in the heart of the city.

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