Just as balancing your doshas in Ayurveda can improve your health, having the right mix of the five elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—in your home can elevate how you live, says Kathleen Cox, a renowned expert of Vastu (an Indian system of design) and author of Space Matters. People with a lot of airy qualities, for instance, might benefit from a grounding, earthy gift that eases frenetic energy; fiery folks who work and play hard might love a dose of soothing water energy. With Cox’s expert advice, we gathered creative gift ideas for each element that can be offered as medicine for the spirit. Tap into intuition, harness intention, and surprise loved ones with these attentive offerings.
Gifts to promote divine essence, Brahma (Lord of Creation), the unseen, original sound vibration, purity, preciousness
Gifts to promote creativity, movement, travel, art, celestial realms, subtlety, lightness, growth
Nectar by Roy Barloga
For those in need of an instant lift, try Nectar Roy Barloga Dotted Feather Print Study 5, a photo printed on handmade Nepalese paper.
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Gifts to promote transformation, nourishment, digestion, fieriness, warmth, courage, illumination, enthusiasm
Gifts to promote meditation, tranquility, yoga, consciousness, forgiveness, flow
Yoga for Healthy Aging by Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow
Help make a yogi’s practice sustainable—and lifelong—with the book Yoga for Healthy Aging by respected yoga teachers Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow. With humor, insight, and maturity, they’ll guide you through a foundational program that’s easy to combine with other practices.
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Gifts to promote strength, wisdom, balance, stability, maturity, patience, groundedness, embodiment
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