Like all things in nature, the body is made up of elements. In scientific terms, we consider elements like oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. In yogic terms, we simplify these elements into the energies of earth, water, fire, air and space.
The earth element represents matter in its solid state. In this state, matter is stable and the particles move slower. The earth element, bhumi or prithvi, is present inside all the structures of the body - from the cellular structures to our organs to muscles and bones. It establishes the foundation upon which transformation can occur, like the sand beneath a beach bonfire.
Earth comes to life in the the root chakra (muladhara) and helps us connect to our instinctual body. The bhava or feeling of the earth element is a smooth, steady rhythm that draws us closer to the ground by letting everything go to gravity. This magnetic earthly pull of consciousness supports the energy of manifestation where we put ideas into action.