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Mahabhuta - Yoga and the five elements

Mahabhuta - Yoga and the five elements


Seminar starts: 9:30am on 10 June 2017
Seminar ends: 12.30pm on 12 June 2017 

Seminar schedule: 9.30am - 12:30pm & 2.00pm -5.00pm

AU$370 Early Bird Price Register and Pay by 31 March 2017
AU$420 Regular Price Register and Pay from 01 April 2017

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All the Vedic schools of philosophy especially Samkhya, Yoga and Ayurveda view the world and the whole universe as an integrated entity made up of five fundamental elements that are called “pañca bhuta-s”. From the Vedic point of view the five elements come alive and manifest in various forms when linked to consciousness through the phenomenon called Prana. Our body from the time of conception onwards is made up of the five elements and is subject to these elemental energetic principles throughout our lives. It is important to understand that the old schools of healing such as Yoga and Ayurveda understood our existence based on prana and the five elements which in turn influence the makeup of our constitution (dosa) and the functioning of our energy centres (cakra-s). Therefore not only all of our physique but also our behaviour through our actions emotions speech and thoughts as well as our relationship with our environment is closely connected to these principles.

The Yogasutra states that continued meditation on the five elements makes us not only understand and manipulate the elements within us, but also a master the macrocosmos. There are many stories of great Yogis in the past who had a profound understanding and mastery over the elements and thus were able to influence their own bodies and the environment in a way that seems incredible for modern minds, be it not being harmed by fire, walking on water or passing through walls. Our acharya T.Krishnamacharya had such a deep understanding of the subtle anatomy of our body, that he was even able to stop his heartbeat on multiple occasions, a feat many believed was not possible. 

Even if we might not reach such a level of mastery in this life, it becomes imperative for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists to understand clearly these elemental principles, so that a deeper understanding of the tools of Yoga can occur. This practical seminar will be hosted in a beautiful studio in the heart of the city. 

This practical seminar will explore the following topics: 

Evolution of the Bhuta-s | Characteristics of each Bhuta | Functions of the Bhuta-s | Gunas-s & the Bhuta-s | Asana-s & the Bhuta-s |   Organs and the Bhutas  | Indriya-s & the Bhuta-s | Pranayama & the Bhuta-s Cakra-s & the Bhuta-s |  Mind & the Bhuta-s | Meditation & the Bhuta-s | Emotions & the Bhuta-s | Yoga Therapy & the Bhuta-s | Mantra & the Bhuta-s | Trauma & the Bhuta-s

The seminar is open to all, and will be particularly suitable for those who wish to journey to the core of yoga’s philosophical roots, and its practical implementation in daily practice. It will also be invaluable to those who are considering delving further into the authentic teachings of Yogacarya T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.


Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Yoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. His objectives include the sharing of the authentic teachings of Yoga to the modern era, as well as building bridges between different healing modalities to promote physical, emotional social and spiritual health. 

Kausthub began studying yoga when he was 9 years old under the guidance of his teacher and father TKV Desikachar and started teaching at the age of 13. After completing his dual Masters degree, he committed himself to becoming a full-time student and teacher of Yoga. Also in 2011, he concluded his doctoral studies from the University of Madras, where his topic of research was “Effect of Individualized Yoga Training on Quality of Life.” Besides teaching, Kausthub also works as a yoga therapist and offers clients astute and effective solutions for all sorts of physical, mental and emotional imbalances and problems. He has also authored and co-authored numerous books on yoga, such as “The Heart of Asana: A comprehensive manual on Classical Yoga Postures” and a biography on his grandfather, the great yoga acharya T. Krishnamacharya, called “The Yoga of the Yogi”. 

Kausthub is known for his remarkable, deep and well-versed knowledge and his ability to present the ancient teachings in a way that is profound as well as applicable for modern day practitioners. His teachings are especially beneficial for yoga teachers as he helps them grasp the fullness and deep insights of the ancient teachings so that they are able to apply them in a competent and sincere way. He is also the co-founder of the online journal ‘Synergies in Healing Journal.’


Seminar starts 9:30am on 10 June 2017
Seminar Ends 12.30pm on 12 June 2017 

Except on the last day, the seminar schedule will be 9.30am - 12:30pm & 2.00pm -5.00pm. Coffee/Tea breaks will also be part of each of the two sessions. 


AU$370 Early Bird Price Register and Pay by 31 March 2017
AU$420 Regular Price Register and Pay from 01 April 2017


Interested participants can kindly register on-line using the button at the top of this page or with our contact person Claudia Mangiamele. 


Claudia Mangiamele, Mangala Studios of Yoga & Creative Dance
Phone: +61 (0)3 9663 5603
Website: www. 




Dr. Kausthub Desikachar will also be available for private Yoga Therapy consultations during the seminar. Through these sessions, consistent with the traditional teaching of Yoga, you can benefit by receiving an individidualized and holistic daily practice, that will be suitable for your health and wellness needs. When necessary, a confidential translator may also be arranged for your benefit. Cost of the consultation will be $120 and can paid through Paypal or cash. If payment is through Paypal, a 5% processing fee will be added. Since only a limited number of places are available, it is advisable to pre-register for these.