Basic Introduction to elements or Panchatatwas: Nautropathy believes in treatment of the body by enhancing the resistance and increasing the vital force of the body. It is not curative in true sense but can be called a method of balancing the vital forces and bringing them back to their natural state.
According to naturopathy our body is composed with ratios of five elements. The restoration of an element requires a treatment with the material that are composed of same element.
These are called “Panchamahabhootas” or “Panchatatwas.”
These elements are also mentioned in Ayurveda and Yogic sutras. Maharishi Charak has defined these Mahabhootas in his sutras as well. In fact, they are basic building blocks in all kind of ancient Indian sciences. According to all these sciences, the restoration of these elements can lead to a fine stage where a person is not affected by diseases anymore. Naturopathy also tries for the same but in a very different manner. It uses elemental substances to restore this balance. For example, Pranayam and breathing exercises are used to restore the elemental deficiency.


It is the element, which is omnipresent and has the power to create and modify things at ease. It is the only element that  can do things with fastest speed, can enter or leave a place without being noticed and which does not have any obligations for time. In spiritual practices the siddhis of anima, laghima etc are assigned to this element.

The Hindu deity Hanuman ji carried the elemental power of vayu. That is why he is called Maruti or Pawan putra.[1] Hanuman ji, it is believed carries super normal powers or Astasiddhis[2].
In Hinduism, eight siddhis (Ashta Siddhi) or eight great perfections (mahasiddhi) are known:

·         Aimā: reducing one's body even to the size of an atom
·         Mahima: expanding one's body to an infinitely large size
·         Garima: becoming infinitely heavy
·         Laghima: becoming almost weightless
·         Prāpti: having unrestricted access to all places
·         Prākāmya: realizing whatever one desires
·         Iṣṭva: possessing absolute lordship
·         Vaśtva: the power to subjugate all

All these perfections are related to Vayu element. It is easy to control with a constant practice of pranayama or breathing exercises as prescribed in yogic texts. It is powerful as it can modulate and move your thoughts and thinking process. Control over this elements can make one a supreme yogi.
In naturopathy this element is restored through regular walks in open air, breathing exercises etc.

In tantric tradition the mantra “yam” is associated to Vayu or air. The constant practice of this mantra helps in restoring this element. 

vayu tatwa

[1] The son of Vayu God.
[2] The eight fold supernormal powers

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