The Five Elements of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is based upon the five elements of nature.

The ancient Greeks spoke of the Earth as being surrounded by water, the water by air, and the air by ether. Beyond the ether was nothing. The difference between air and ether is that air is what we breathe and space is what we move through. Dr. Frawley explains the relationship between the 5 elements in the following manner, “All elements originate from ether. Ether moves to become air, air causes friction to become fire, fire becomes water as it becomes denser, water becomes earth as it coagulates. And all five elements are contained in the Earth.”