~The Five Elements~

The theory of The Five Elements emerged in ancient China and was developed by the Taoists and mystics. It states that everything in the universe emerges from the Tao and is manifested as the dual and opposing principles of yin and yang. According to Taoist philosophy, these elements form the energetic building blocks of all material substances in the world. This energy is then expressed in nature as The Five Elements.

The concept of The Five Elements is mirrored in ancient yogic philosophy and is found in traditions such as Hinduism and Ayurveda. According to these traditions, The Five Elements refer to the basic building blocks that construct the world around us. They are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

It is said that knowledge of The Five Elements is beneficial to developing an advanced yoga practice because these elements help one understanding the body and mind as well as the world humanity lives in.

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