5 Elements in Yoga

asana ayurveda well-being yoga | Posted Dec 13, 2023

Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), and Akasha (ether or space)

Yoga is not just a physical practice; it is a holistic journey that encompasses the mind, body and spirit. One aspect of yoga that holds great significance is the exploration and integration of the five elements. In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga and one of the oldest medical systems still practiced today, these five elements are prithvi (earth), jal (water), agni (fire), vayu (air) and akasha (ether or space). Each element carries its own energy and symbolism. These elements are believed to be the building blocks of the universe, both physically and energetically. 

Also, the elements correlate with the senses and with specific body parts and functions. Each has an energetic correspondent among the chakras. According to the Ayurvedic system, each of us is born with a unique combination of the five elements. Some are more dominant than others. The combination of elements that are most...

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Maintaining Balance through the Holidays with Ayurveda

The holiday season is all about festivities, joy, and celebrations with family and friends. However, it is also a time when people often indulge in heavy meals, sweets, and alcohol which can have a negative impact on their health. To maintain balance during this time, Ayurveda can be a great tool to help you stay healthy and feel your best. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine that emphasizes maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit and enables to achieve a sense of lasting physical well-being and mental happiness.

In the winter season, Ayurveda recommends practices to balance the Vata dosha, which tends to become aggravated during this time. This includes adopting a warm and nourishing diet with foods like soups, stews, and cooked vegetables; practicing daily oil massage to keep the skin moisturized; staying hydrated; engaging in moderate exercise or yoga; and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Additionally, Ayurveda suggests avoiding cold and windy...

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The Ingredients Behind AmaSer: Ashwagandha Powder

From ancient medicine to AmaSer’s Throat Chakra smoothie- How Ashwagandha is relieving the mind and body!

The Ancient Ayurveda Medicine 

This ancient medicinal herb that we blend into our throat chakra smoothie here at AmaSer can be traced back to 6,000 BC, with deep roots within Ayurveda medicinal practices. This medicinal herb in Sanskrit, the word “ashwa” means “horse”, while “gandha” means “smell”, translated meaning “the smell and strength of a horse”. This small but mighty shrub plant has fruitful flowers and is native to the Indian Subcontinent. This superfood is an adaptogen, meaning it promotes a healthy and well-balanced body all while reducing and regulating stress.

Calming, Grounding, and Restorative Properties 

Scientifically known as Withania somnifera and commonly referred to as Indian ginseng, this small shrub’s extracts and root powder are bursting with health benefits....

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Golden Milk Recipe/Benefits & Variations for Each Dosha

ayurveda food vegan | Posted Oct 06, 2021

Golden Milk Recipe/Benefits & Variations for Each Dosha

Do you feel tired, do you have acne problems, do you want to lose some extra pounds or do you just want to relieve your body and detoxify it? Then you ought to prepare a delicious Golden milk. It's done in just a few minutes and your body will thank you for it! 

Nowadays we are very busy and people often forget about taking care of their body. Not only from the outside, but mainly from the inside. Maybe that's why many of them feel tired for unknown reasons, have digestive problems or have difficulty breathing. So it's time to stop for a while and give your body a good dose of antioxidants, which will rid it of toxic substances and relieve various ailments. The ideal helper in detoxifying the body is the so-called golden milk. Not only does it taste great, but at the same time the concoction is beneficial in an almost miraculous way. 

Elixir of health

The history of golden...

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5 Benefits of Ama Ser's Co-Working Space

Ama Ser offers many unique benefits to the local community. One of its most beneficial uses is a space for co-working. Co-working is an arrangement that invites individuals from any organization to share a common working space. This may include independent contractors, work-from-home professionals, digital nomads, or anyone looking for a relaxing space to get their work done.   

The Ama Ser Cafe co-working space has a lot to offer. Here are just 5 of the many benefits of joining us in our space:

1. FREE fiber optic high speed internet

2. Elevated view of the rainforest and Caribbean Sea

3. Fresh vegan food and drinks directly from the Costa Rican land

4. Individual and group tables, rocking chairs, and a comfy lounge with a plethora of pillows

5. A community-centric atmosphere

The world has spent the past year in lockdown. The lack of socialization and human contact has taken a toll on many of us. Come reconnect with your community at the...

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7 tips for hosting your own yoga retreat

 Hosting and planning your own yoga retreat can be daunting. Here at AmaSer we are happy to share our insights. Here are our 7 tips on how to begin the process. 

1. Secure that money

A boring way to begin things, yes, but securing funding is crucial. Especially during these difficult times. A lot of retreat venues require a deposit to book your retreat. This is a personal financial risk for you. In case you have to cancel for any reason, you are likely to lose your deposit. Take into account that many venues ask for minimum numbers of students to sign up in order for you to host a retreat. So try to secure this before if you can.

Other important costs to consider:

  • Advertising the retreat
  • Lost income from classes you’ll miss out on teaching when you are away
  • Your own travel expenses
  • How to budget for the retreat’s food, any excursions, and activities

2. Create your vision

Your vibe will attract your tribe. When your retreat is an authentic reflection of...

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From farm-to-fork: the best possible practice for a chef

AmaSer’s chef Mario has been cooking for almost his whole life. After learning from his grandmother and getting a degree in culinary arts, he is now responsible for the dishes on our menu. Here, he can use what is available in the garden to create a gluten free vegan menu. With this, he can show people how a realistic and futureproof perspective on food, from farm-to-fork can be possible.



Mario learned cooking from his grandmother. He grew up in Mexico City with his grandmother always cooking. After school, he was the one helping her in the kitchen. “Immediately after I dropped my backpack, she asked me to go to the market, or chop vegetables. We have a big family that came to visit us every weekend, so my grandmother and I often had to make a lot of food.” She showed him what food to pick and where along with what herbs to harvest that were growing on the hill where they lived.


His life has always been about food. After exploring creative...

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A Transformational Hour: Ayurvedic Consultation

ayurveda healthy living lifestyle yoga | Posted Nov 09, 2020

Have you ever wondered why other people seem to be more or less comfortable in the same environment as you, or with the same foods? Have you experienced subtle underlying discomfort- emotionally or physically- and had no idea where it was coming from?

Ayurveda (Ayur= Life + Veda = Knowledge/ Science), the sister science to yoga, uses thousands of years of study on happiness and longevity to help you create your optimal lifestyle; physical movement, family relations, morning routines, natural environment, job, and diet down to which types of root vegetables and when.

An Ayurvedic appointment evaluates you by your past and current experiences and your Dosha combination. The three Doshas are mind-body types, subtle energies that cannot be perceived but that express particular patterns in a unique blend of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. Basically they help explain why you do what you do.

Next, the Ayurvedic “prescription” has the power to change your life...

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What’s Your Dosha?

ayurveda lifestyle tips yoga | Posted Nov 09, 2020

The Doshas

Pitta, Kapha, and Vata may be terms you’ve heard about here and there, but what exactly are they? How do you know what you are? Do you pick your own? Does someone else choose for you?

The Doshas are are different combinations of the five elements which create three different mind-body types. Dosha is loosely translated as “energetic force”.  These elemental combinations express unique characteristics or blends of physical, emotional and mental patterns for each being.  This is a principle concept of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science.  In understanding the Doshas better, we can gain insight into ourselves and our natural states.  We can also learn to develop yoga classes that are dosha specific and even begin to recognize certain characteristics in our students in order to provide the most effective sequencing possible. The main elements of each dosha are as follows…

Pitta: fire and water


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Get To Know Us – Flora Domenis

ayurveda lifestyle well-being yoga | Posted Nov 09, 2020
Original Post I September 17, 2016
Ayurvedic specialist Flora Domenis is a woman who exudes passion and love in everything she does. She is hooked on yoga and wellness, and owns an amazing cafe in the heart of Puerto Viejo called Puerto Pirata Cafe where you can try all of her amazing Ayurvedic recipes!
Flora is one of our faculty members for the upcoming Yoga’s Sister Science 100HR Yoga Teacher Training. This training is all about pairing Ayurveda & Asana, and the relationship between the two. We interviewed Flora to bring you a closer look into her life of love.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Any bird of paradise–I could fly to the heavens!
What are 3 words you live by?
Integrity, non-violence, & compassion.
Favorite posture?
Child’s pose–I can feel my breath everywhere simultaneously. 
What are your 5 year goals? 
Be humble, keep on...
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