Fire is the element of action and transformation, and governs digestion on all levels – digestion of the food we eat, our sensory impressions, experiences and emotions. As the element that creates light, the energy of Fire illuminates our experiences and our ability to discern what’s useful and what’s not useful, what to keep and what to let go of. Ultimately, this inner vision allows us to see truth from untruth, reality from unreality.
We all know what it feels like to take in too much… too much food, media, or information. We might feel stuffed, bogged down, or lethargic. When there’s so much to digest and process, the mind may feel dull or depressive. When these experiences arise, it’s time for Fire medicine.
In addition to digestion and illumination, Fire also represents our passions, inner strength, will, and agency. Fire is what motivates us to take action in our lives, to create the lives we want to live, and the world we want to live in. It’s the energy of Fire that mobilizes our intentions.
When we feel like our inner spark has fizzled out, we’re uninspired, or disinterested in things we usually enjoy, Fire can help us reignite our inner flames of passion and motivation.
Here are some ways to call upon, connect with, and celebrate the element Fire / Tejas:
FIRE / TEJAS PRACTICES
- Tools that promote the movement of Prana to the Navel Center / Samana Vayu⠀⠀
- Postures: Warming vinyasas; Strong core-centeric postures and exercises; Postures that put a little pressure on the belly like Crocodile, Locust and Bow; To promote digestion immediately after taking in food or an experience, focus on calming, quieting restorative practices while creating space for a soft, relaxed abdomen
- Breathing: Victorious Breath / Ujjayi; Shining Skull / Kapalabhati; Breath of Fire / Bhastrika⠀
- Mindfulness Tool: Sound of Ujjayi Breath; Connection to inner strength, courage and the ability to take action
- Chakra: Navel / Manipura⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Add Fire items to your Altar or Practice Space: Candles, incense, images of Fire, the Sun, or other representations of Fire, Fire Yantra or Downward Facing Triangle shaped Items⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Colors: Fire Yantra is Red, and Yellow is one of the colors associated with Manipura – play around with what feels good to you⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Have a fire outside (in a controlled environment!)
- In your home – light candles, and include other Fire features or decorations in your home
I encourage you to practice connecting to Fire whenever you need support in breaking down, processing and integrating what’s been taken in or experienced. When inspiration and enthusiasm are distant memories, Fire reminds us what if feels like to be connected to our inner strength and courage, to take action, and to be awake in our bodies and lives.