The inquiry begins …
How is music related to the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether/space)?
SaReGaMa Vocal Practice has begun to explore this question with the element of fire. Here are some of my thoughts.
The movement of fire is full of energy.
Fire or heat is an essential building block of life.
Without fire there could be no transformation or alchemy.
Fire burns at different intensities.
In musical language fire energy is found in the sounds C and E and C and A--note combinations that are based on the the numbers 3 and 6. The movements between C & E and C & A are called 3rds and 6ths respectively. Thirds and sixths are generally considered very pleasant sounds (maybe even "warm" sounds) and are the building blocks of the vertical structures within the Western concept of harmony. In the music of India these relationships of sound can be experienced in linear patterns consisting of Sa Ga and Dha.
What are your thoughts about music and the fire element? What music or band feels like fire to you?
How is yoga related to the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether/space)?
This question has been on my mind lately and I have begun exploring the elements through asana practice and tuning forks in Sound Yoga classes at Shambhala Yoga and Dance Studio and with private clients. The first inquiry was the fire element as described below. Asanas that strengthen fire are standing poses and back bends which activate the solar plexus or 3rd chakra region.
The next time you are in Virabhadrasana I, Bridge, Wheel, Fish or Locust tune into your sense of the the fire element and the solar plexus region of your body during the pose as you follow your breath. What do you notice?
How are the elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether/space) related to us?
There are many approaches to discussing this question from the purely philosophical to the overly scientific. Being a singer and an artist, I cannot be overly scientific and can only questions that make sense to me like:
What are the inherent, defining qualities of the elements?
How can we understand the elements in terms of the daily lives we are living? In terms of movement? In terms of space?
Why did ancient systems of knowledge use the concept of elements to interpret, diagnose and heal dis-ease?
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