SOMA / soбma / (soЂmah)
1. The entire body of an organism.
2. The body of an individual as contrasted with the mind or psyche.
ARETI / (Greek: ρετή, pronounced in English [ˈЊrətee]) In its basic sense means “goodness”, “excellence” or “virtue” of any kind. In its earliest appearance in the Greek language, this notion of excellence was bound up with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function; the act of living up to one’s full potential. The root of the word is the same as ‘aristo’, which means superlative ability and superiority and was constantly used in the plural to denote nobility” (Aristocracy).
Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal 5 Classical Elements to explain patterns in nature. The Ancient Greek 5 Classical Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether) represent the realms of the cosmos. The word Aether (αἰθήρ) in ancient Homeric Greek means “pure, fresh air” or “clear sky”, imagined in Greek mythology to be the pure essence where the gods lived and which they breathed, analogous to the air breathed by mortals. It corresponds to the concept of Akasha in Hindu philosophy and is linked to the center direction of the compass. Plato’s classic Timaeus posits the existence of a “fifth element” called quintessence, of which the cosmos and all celestial bodies are made. Aether is the core of the 5 elements, and the universal essence or soul of life.
SOMARETI / soбmahбrРбtee /, translated from ancient Greek meaning “body excellence”, is a modern yet ancient philosophy; combining the 4 metaphorical elements of Earth (Nutrition), Water (Martial Arts/Fluidity), Air (Chi Gung/Breathing Meditation) and Fire (Fitness/Exercise) to enhance the body and unlock the quintessential 5th element of Aether (Spirit).