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Water Element: Connecting to Nourishment

SpaceWindFire WaterEarth

This is the fourth of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My last post was on fire element.

Water Element

As nature flows into more material manifestation—space gives rise to wind which gives rise to fire—the elements take on more tangible form. As the spreading quality of fire slows and cools, water element is born.

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Fire Element: the Principle of Transformation

SpaceWind Fire Water – Earth

This is the third of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My previous posts were on space element and  wind element.

Fire Element

The friction created by the movement of wind element gives rise to fire. The transformative nature of fire  liberates the potential power and energy of wind.

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Wind Element: The Source of All Power

Space – Wind – Fire – Water – Earth

This is the second of a series of posts on the 5 elements of Ayurveda and yoga. My last post was on space element.

Wind Element

As the potential within space element moves into action, wind element is born.

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Space Element: The Place Where Things Happen

Space – Wind – Fire – Water – Earth

These are the names of the 5 elements of the manifest world as taught to us by Ayurveda. Their combination and interaction with each other provides all things their unique expression. The elements themselves are unseen, but they are the source of the qualities, or gunas (there’s our word gunas again), that we can perceive.

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Understanding Your Constitution: Kapha Dosha

This is the fourth post in a series about dosha and constitution. You may want to read first about vata dosha, pitta dosha or discovering your constitution.

Kapha Dosha is the relationship between water and earth elements. Read more »

Understanding Your Constitution: Pitta Dosha

This is the third post in a series of posts about constitution and the 3 doshas of Ayurveda. If you haven’t already, you may want to first read about constitution or vata dosha.

Pitta dosha is the relationship between fire and water elements.

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Understanding Your Constitution: Vata Dosha

In my last post, I talked about how to start to tune in to your unique experience to discover your constitution. This post is the first in a series of three in-depth discussions of each of the three building blocks of Ayurveda: dosha.

There are a two ways of understanding dosha: how it expresses when it is healthy and in balance, and how it expresses when it has gone out of balance.

Vata dosha is made up of space and wind elements.

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What’s My Constitution?

When I’m wearing my Ayurveda hat, the thing I’m asked most frequently is:

“How do I figure out my constitution?”

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Easing Transitions: Recommendations for Fall

What Happens When Fall Comes? As the air begins to cool and the wind picks up, there is no denying that the days are getting shorter and fall is well on its way.

The qualities of cool, dry, mobile and rough are starting to creep in to the world all around us. Autumn is the season governed by the energy of Vata dosha. As summer stretches into its last days, it is a good idea to prepare for the transition to fall.

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Sexual Healing: Sex as Nourishment

The 3 pillars of life are: Food, Sleep and…Sex?

Food and sleep are pretty straight forward—or at least we talk about these things openly (and probably a bit too much) without a lot of discomfort. Why is it hard for some of us to experience sex as one of the pillars of our life?

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