the five elements (mahabhutas)
Earth – grounding, stability, concentration
Water – fluidity, gracefulness, cooling, calming, feeling centered awareness
Fire – rhythmic movement and breathing, intensity, heating, external awareness
Air – movement, lightness, flexibility, sensation, sensitivity, memory
Space – Awareness, expansiveness, witnessing consciousness
People will often gravitate toward food and activities that reflect or increase an element(s) tone that they are familiar with. A good example is a person with an abundance of the air element might choose a light, ethereal foods and activities while a fire type might choose intense, precise, heating/spicy food and activities. It is important to work in a way that “feels right” but also consciously cultivates complementary traits, such as grounding and stillness for the air type, or coolness and relaxation for the fire type in order to strike a balance.