The fire element resides in the upper abdomen and regulates the physical digestion of food and the emotional digestion of experiences. At times our internal fires may burn too hot which results in feelings of anger, aggression, overly controling behaviors and physcial symptoms such as acidity and diarrhea. Other times our fire may be too cool resulting in feeling the victim, being pushed around and unable to make life changes. The following practices will help to bring this internal fire, or Agni, into balance.
Cross index finger over middle finger on each hand and touch tips of index fingers together. Press palms, ring and little fingers flat against one another. Hold hands at heart with fingers pointing away.
Benefits: Stimulates digestion & metabolism, grounding.
Practice Tips: Use when feeling anxious or unable to process emotional experiences.
Half Circle Pose
Begin kneeling. Straighten left leg out to side and bring right hand to floor to the right of the right knee. Inhale left arm up and either circle arm or hold it statically. Repeat to both sides.
Therapeutics: Opens the side chest and if you move the arm it also awakens the lymph nodes at the armpits.
Practices for Balancing the Fire Element
- Ganesha Mudra
- Reclining Side Bend
- Seated Side Bend x5 with breath
- Seated Twist x5 with breath
- Wagging the Tail
- Half Circle Pose
- Downward Dog
- Childs Pose
- Standing Side Bend
- Krishna's Side Bend
- Warrior II
- Reverse Warrior
- Side Angle
- Wide-legged forward bend
- Bharadvajasana's Twist
- Ardha Matsyendrasana
- Reclining Twist
- Bridge Pose
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