The Five Elements are Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Void.
Chi, meaning "Earth," the most powerful of all elements, represents the solid objects of the world. In people, the bones, muscles and tissues are represented by chi. Emotionally, chi is predominantly associated with stubbornness, stability, physicality, and gravity. In the mind, it is confidence; and emotionally it is a desire to have things remain as they are; a resistance to change. When under the influence of this chi mode or "mood," we are aware of our own physicality and sureness of action. Like all the elements, the earth gives and takes away. If there is a positive, there is a negative. But we have the ability to focus on the positive and optimize its strength.
Ka, meaning "Fire," the great generator for all creation to happen,
represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Animals full of forceful energy, are primary examples of ka objects. Bodily, ka represents our metabolism and body heat, and on the mental and emotional side, it represents our drive and passion. ka can be associated with desire, motivation, intention, and an outgoing spirit.
Fū, meaning "Wind," represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Aside from air and smoke, fū can, in some ways, be best represented by the human mind. As we grow physically, we learn and expand mentally as well, in terms of our knowledge, our experiences, and our personalities. Fū represents breathing, and the internal processes associated with respiration. Mentally and emotionally, it represents an "open-minded" attitude and carefree feeling. It can be associated with will, evasiveness, elusiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.
Sui means "Water," and represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Outside of the obvious example of rivers, plants are also categorized under sui, as they adapt to their environment, growing and changing according to the direction of the sun and the changing seasons. Blood and other bodily fluids are represented by sui, as are mental or emotional tendencies towards adaptation and change. Sui can be associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.
Kū is usually translated as "Void," but also means "sky" or "Heaven," represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. Bodily, kū represents spirit, thought, and creative energy. It represents our ability to think and communicate. It can also be associated with power, creativity, spontaneity, and inventiveness.
Kū is of particular importance as the highest of the elements. In martial arts, one often invokes the power of the Void to connect to the quintessential creative energy of the world. A warrior properly attuned to the Void can sense his surrounding and act without thinking, and without using his physical senses.
So how does Godai Fit incorporate the five elements?
1. Connection with our physical body
This will be accomplished in several ways. You will be attending outdoor exercises at least 3 times a week. The exercises will seem challenging at first. This is not like most boot camps. You will not experience anyone screaming or shouting at you. Yet, your fitness ability will be continuously challenged. You will receive an evaluation on a monthly basis with our state-of-the-art equipment.
Measuring body weight alone is not enough to determine how productive your program is. You will be given an individualized meal plan and nutritional advice from an experienced nutritionist with proven results. Your meal plans are designed with foods you like and to fit your lifestyle.
2. Connection with our mind.
We will provide yoga classes weekly. Meditation is usually practiced toward the end of each yoga class. It will also be incorporated in the weekly coaching exercises. In addition, it will be taught during our hiking sessions. We will offer group hiking weekly with occasional longer distance hikes during the weekend.
3. Connection with our inner (higher) self
Please note that mind and inner self are two separate entities. We will explain the concept through coaching sessions and it will be further accomplished through meditation.
4. Connection with mother nature
All activities take place outdoors for a reason. No one will be slamming weights, like you experience at many indoors gym. You will be using all your senses to acknowledge and connect with nature every time you exercise, take yoga, or hike with us. Since we are so fortunate to have sunny weather in Southern California, you can expect to exercise literally under the sun almost every day. The highest connection with our Pacific Goddess (mother nature) can be experienced through hiking sessions. We will try to give you a variety of hikes with city views, sunsets, ocean views, plenty of greenery and if we are lucky, some deer, bunnies and lots of birds.
5. Connection with other human beings
Because all the activities we provide are in a group, this is a great opportunity to meet and connect with new people. You can discuss your goals and results with other members and offer each other support. At times, we will invite members to various local community/volunteering events where you can also meet people and give back to your community.