The five elements are the cosmological foundation which makes up our bodies, the world, and the entire universe. Without these elements, everything around us and within us will cease to exist. These five elements are referred to as the panchamahabhutas in Ayurveda and the pancha tattva in Yoga. They do not only make up the fundamental constituents of our bodies, but the subtle aspects of our internal spiritual being as well. Thus, through the purification of these five elements, we are able to balance ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.