~ Tables of Correspondences for the Elements in Yoga ~

The centre of the Universal Yoga Mandala Poster can be used as a reference for integrating awareness of the 5 Elements into yoga practice, meditation, and daily life.
It can also be used as a self-diagnostic tool to correct your own long term and short term imbalances.

( Click the Mandala to see the different bands)

Most of the attributions in the tables here are traditional. Our main addition is to assign the Yamas and Niyamas to particular elements. There are many different systems possible, but we hope you will find this one useful to contemplate. Frequent consultation of the Mandala will facilitate the deepening of your awareness.


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5 Elements & Yoga
- Yama & Niyama -
the Foundations of Yoga
Sacred Geometry

 

Element

Space

Air

Fire

Water

Earth

Sensory Field

Hearing Feeling Seeing Tasting Smelling
Type of Pose (Asana) Inversions or Sitting Poses Balancing Poses Back Bends Forward Bends Standing Poses

'Body' or 'Sheath'

Causal
(Anandamaya-kosha)

Intellectual
(Vijnanamaya-kosha)

Psychological
(Manomaya-kosha)
Physiological
(Pranamaya-kosha)

Anatomical
(Anamaya-kosha)

Disciplines (Yama)

Non-grasping or Simplicity
(Aparigraha)
Focus or Continence
(Brahmacharya)
Non-stealing or Openness
(Asteya)
Non-deceiving or Truthfulness
(Satya)
Kindness or
Compassion
(Ahimsa)

Practices
(Niyama)

Selflessness or Spirituality
(Ishvaraparidhana)
Self-study or Understanding
(Swadhyaya)
Enthusiasm or Austerity
(Tapas)
Equanimity or Contentment
(Santosha)

Purity or Clarity
(Shaucha),

Breath (Pranayama) Viloma or KevalaKumbhaka NadiShodana or AnataraKumbhaka SuryaBhedana or Bastrika Sitkali or Chandrabhedana Ujayi or
BhayaKumbhaka

Affirmation for the Yama
Space Omniscience supplies my hidden needs and fills my life completely.
I ecstatically accept all possible experience.
Air I express my energy in ways that bring me closer to my heart.
As I cease to hold captive the object of my Love, I set myself free.
Fire In joyful abundance I open my soul to the Sun, loosen every knot
release every cord and leave everyone free.
Water Knowing and flowing with truth, the truth shall set me free.
When I am true to myself I am the equal of all.
Earth I will be gentle, filled with love
knowing that in asking for life I ask for all.

Affirmation for the Niyama
Space I am living, breathing, moving in Omniscient Life,
relaxing into what is always and already accomplished.
Air Heaven is within me so I live and breath Gratitude. I breath Oneness
and move keenly alive, guided by inner knowledge.
Fire Enthusiastically love burns within me,
combusting all pride and self-condemnation.
Water I am freeing myself from security, sensation and power addictions
that make me forcefully control situations in my life.
Earth In clarity and commitment I cherish my body
as it is the temple of my Soul.

Element

Space

Air

Fire

Water

Earth

Key Word Qualities Consciousness
Spontaneity
Surrender
Acceptance
Empathy
Selflessness
Awareness
Subtlety
Presence
Freedom
Love
Unattached
Stillness
Directness

Meditative
Restfulness
Intuition
Openness
Transcendent
Peacefulness
Thoughtfulness
Accountability
Analytical
Moving
Lightness
Agility
Clever
Dexterity
Discrimination
Clarity
Revealing
Articulate
Quickness
Wisdom
Relating
Mobility
Dynamism
Intelligence
Communicating
Transformation
Attentiveness
Initiative
Radiance
Inspiration
Vitality
Courage
Happiness
Appreciation
Beauty
Joyfulness
Exuberance
Energy
Warmth
Purity
Passion
Brightness
Creativity
Abundance
Fearlessness
Adaptability
Sympathy
Soothing
Sensuality
Yielding
Softness
Accepting
Expressive
Tranquility
Truth
Emotive
Changing
Sensitive
Fluidity
Ripeness
Cooling
Moving
Calming
Sustaining
Synchronicity
Independence
Determination
Generosity
Resolute
Practicality
Patience
Caring
Equanimity
Simplicity
Committed
Goodness
Sobriety
Centred
Simplicity
Realness
Solidity
Endurance
Steadiness
Trusting
Dependability
Groundedness


Yogaversity International
Byron Bay
5 Elements & Yoga
- Yama & Niyama -
the Foundations of Yoga
Sacred Geometry