What can we learn about Italian family dinner from Chinese Five Element Theory?

Dinner "Italian Style" at Le Yoga Daylesford.
Dinner “Italian Style” at Le Yoga Daylesford.

Growing up in an Italian family, the dinner table was the centre of all things. We laughed, argued, and bonded over meals- digesting the days events and connecting with one another. Viewed through the lens of Chinese Five Element Theory, this Italian way of life makes perfect sense.  The Spleen/Stomach network governs assimilation and digestion on all levels – whether it’s food or ideas – and supports the harmonious distribution of energy to support the community of the body.  The Spleen network is associated with the Earth element and Earth types are great at nourishing others and maintaining harmony like any good Italian mamma 🙂  Of course, our Earth type has vulnerabilities too.  She might always put others first, neglecting herself. And like that classic Italian mamma, she can be prone to worry and over-protectiveness!  Is your Earth element dominant or dormant? Gather with us in Daylesford Aug 1-3 for a winter retreat to share yoga, meditation, and delicious home-cooked meals at Adrian’s beautiful dinner table. Together we’ll consider our own tendencies and how they can nourish or diminish our inner environment. Only 2 places remain so contact Adrian Thia of Le Yoga Daylesford to secure your spot.