A Practice to Celebrate the Earth

April 16, 2021

For this Earth celebrating practice, you’ll need fresh air and your favorite meditation bolster, mat, or blanket. This exercise may take as long or as little time as you like. Just show up and prepare to settle into yourself while being outside with the spirit to create a peaceful relationship between you and the earth.

You are a high-octane being of mind, body, and speech. Think of these elements as the triad needed for experiential living. When they are all in alignment, you will become the best version of yourself to serve the planet. I’ve created this patchwork practice to honor the mind (breathwork), body (asanas), and speech (mantras) while using an earth element as your focal point of intention. The five earth elements--earth, water, air, fire, and spirit-- are widely honored in Eastern traditions, religions, and cultures.

For this Earth celebrating practice, you’ll need fresh air and your favorite meditation bolster, mat, or blanket. This exercise may take as long or as little time as you like. Just show up and prepare to settle into yourself while being outside with the spirit to create a peaceful relationship between you and the earth.

You are a high-octane being of mind, body, and speech. Think of these elements as the triad needed for experiential living. When they are all in alignment, you will become the best version of yourself to serve the planet. I’ve created this patchwork practice to honor the mind (breathwork), body (asanas), and speech (mantras) while using an earth element as your focal point of intention. The five earth elements--earth, water, air, fire, and spirit-- are widely honored in Eastern traditions, religions, and cultures.

Consider also working with one of yoga's yamas, the five precepts for living ethically to frame your days with its corresponding breath work, asana, and mantras as it speaks to you on this day. Or spread out the practice over hours, days, or weeks. It’s flexible as this is your time to connect, honor, and hold space for yourself as a multidimensional being in exchange for the treasure of being on the planet now.

Earth element celebration & practicing Ahimsa (non-violence)  

Mind / Breathwork:

Find a natural breathing pace. Find your cadence, be aware of your pattern.

Body / Asanas:

Mountain Pose, Child’s Pose. Bring your attention to your root chakra.

Speech / Mantra:“Eliminate suffering.”

Reflect on the yogic concept that we are all connected and the importance of the Golden Rule.


Water element celebration & practicing Satya (truthfulness)

Mind / Breathwork:

Ujjayi breath – Use long and smooth breathing, like waves.

Body / Asanas:

Dancing warrior sequence. Bring attention to your sacral chakra.

Speech / Mantra:  “This is my path.”

Your life is your path. Do everything with intention, even the laundry. No task too small.


Fire element celebration & practicing Brahmacharya (continence)

Mind / Breathwork:

Vishama-vritti – The inhalation and exhalation do not match. Extend one to create intense energy.

Body / Asanas:

Boat, Crow, Headstand, Twisted One Legged Arm Balance Pose. Bring attention to your solar plexus chakra.

Speech / Mantra:  “Compassion is my power.”

Think about how emotional energy may damage others or yourself. Turn emotions into loving compassion for all.


Air element celebration & practicing Asteya (non-stealing)

Mind / Breathwork:

Box Breath (Sama-vritti) – Inhalation and exhalation match in beats.

Let go of the illusion of control and relax into happiness with this guided visualization through nature.

Body / Asanas:

Tree Pose, Warrior III. Bring attention to you heart chakra.

Speech / Mantra:  “Breathing is healing.”

Reflect on the knowledge that comparison is the thief of joy. Use the breath to work through cravings, the drive to wanting more.


Spirit element celebration & practicing Aparigraha (non-grasping)

Mind / Breathwork:

Pratiloma Breath – Strengthen your respiratory system with this advanced technique by utilizing its resistance as a training method

Body / Asanas:

Warrior II, Triangle Pose, Extended Side Angle Pose, Extended Hand to Foot Pose. Bring attention to your throat chakra.

Speech / Mantra: “Want less, give more.”

Suffering revolves around pride, greed, desire, ignorance, and anger. Recognize these emotions and identify them when they arise--see them for what they are and let them pass.


Per Taoist psychology, recognize that what you see outside yourself mirrors your interior landscape. Ask yourself, how can you create harmony for the betterment of all? May this Earth celebrating practice serve as a doorway.

Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga
By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021



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