The Mayan Five Elements and Your Yoga Practice

Connect to and honor the five elements found in ancient Mayan practices with these movements passed down to Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros and Kat Tudor.
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Connect to and honor the five elements found in ancient Mayan practices with these movements passed down to Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros and Kat Tudor.

Connect to and honor the five elements found in ancient Mayan practices with these movements passed down to Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros and Kat Tudor. Each set of movements is designed to evoke the healing power of one element. Start with your eyes closed, setting an intention to connect both to the heart of the earth and the heart of the sky. In the Mayan tradition, you are always touching both the earth and sky—and these two meet at your heart. As you work through the poses, keep moving and find a steady rhythm. Afterward, pause for a few breaths with eyes closed and see if you notice an energetic shift.

See alsoThe Connection Between Nature’s Five Elements and Yoga

About Our Model
Briohny Smyth is a vinyasa teacher based in Los Angeles. Find her schedule of classes and international workshops at bryceyoga.com.

Where to learn
Travel to Mexico with Kat Tudor and Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros to explore ancient Mayan sites and rituals, along with daily meditations and movement practices. Learn more at casakin.org.

To explore South America through this lens, start with retreats with Kawoq Conscious Living School, founded by Juan Pablo Barahona, who has taught energy medicine, healing arts, and shamanistic yoga for decades.