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Understanding the Air Element

by: Anna Dickson
8th February - 2021 / 4 min read

The Air element represents the capacity for life and kinetic energy. In the body, Air is expressed in the form of motion and flows in five directions: upward, downward, inward, outward, and pulling towards the center.

“Airs” are highly creative, curious and exuberant.

Airs have an abundance of ideas and are inventive and clever. They love to float from one place to the next and enjoy variety and change. Their expansive perspective on life offers others valuable insights.

Airs tend to have a smaller build and can sometimes be thinner or have a hard time gaining weight. They are dry and stiff and need constant movement and lubrication. This can show up in their joints, skin, and hair, so they must drink more water to negate this. They tend to be more flexible and sometimes hyper mobile, so they must make sure to work on stability and strength to balance this out. 

When Airs remember to eat, they are attracted to light foods and tend to just graze throughout the day. Internally, their Air can show up as gas and bloating, or even constipation. Warm cooked foods serve them well.

Airs have many inspirational ideas, but their lesson is to find focus, dig deeper, and commit to taking action.

When Airs are in balance, there is harmony within their creative and spiritual self. They have a deep sense of calmness throughout their life. When Airs are out of balance, their mind gets easily overwhelmed and they tend to overthink. Their body becomes constricted and their energetic flow becomes fragmented and blocked.

Balancing Your Air element

Air needs Grounding.

Your Air Body needs warm cooked root vegetables, soups, stir-fries, curries, rice, oatmeal, avocados, nuts and dates, olive/sesame/grapeseed oils. Drink room temperature water. Keep your body cozy, dress warmly, wear socks or gloves in the winter. Remember to use body oils before or after hot showers or baths to keep your skin supple. Sesame oil is best for warming and grounding.

Your Air Mind needs to slow down. Establish a routine and stick to it. Wake up at the same time and go to bed at the same time every day. Use journal writing and to-do lists to stay focused. A warm bath with candles before bed will calm your mind.

Your Air Soul needs a grounding ritual upon waking. Set an intention for the day. Guided Meditations can include: centering, rooting to the earth, warm light, yoga Nidra and alternate nostril breathing. Essential oils such as clary sage, sandalwood, frankincense, vetiver, cinnamon, camomile, ginger provide a sense delightful ease. 

Your AIR sense therapy: Movement, dance, swimming, and writing

Your AIR Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata

Your AIR sense: Touch

Your AIR sense organs: Skin, hands

Your AIR sound frequency: 741Hz – 639Hz

Your AIR Chakra: Heart

Your AIR gems: Rose quartz, Malachite

Your AIR essential oil: Chamomile

Your AIR sound: OM, YAM

Your AIR hand Mudra: Ring finger

Your AIR moon phase: Waxing moon

Your AIR taste: Bitter

Your AIR color: Green

Your AIR season: Autumn

DEEPER DIVE: The qualities of AIR are mobile, cool, light, dry, rough, subtle, flowing

Dive deeper into each element:

  • air
  • earth
  • elemental constitution
  • elements
  • fire
  • water

Anna Dickson

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