"We’re each gifted with a unique constitution that’s derived from the elements of our natural world: fire, water, air and earth. Your primary element is expressed through your personality traits, and colors the lens through which you view life." source
I honestly do not remember how long it has been since I have been incorporating yoga into my workouts.
I initially started as a way to help with my running.
Yoga is amazing for building strength and loosening up those tight areas that running seems to cause.
I found it to be incredibly challenging and didn't really get it at first.
I mean, I did it but struggled through the poses and totally skipped the boring thing at the end...
The boring thing at the end...savasana.♥
Haha! I am not sure when it happened but I fell in love with yoga and the first time I lay on my yoga mat crying during savasana I thought I had lost my mind. I confessed my post yoga boo-hoo'ing to one of my yoga inspirations and was told "You did it! You're there!"
That's yoga? Crying in savasana?
Savasana, the time that is a whole lot like nap time in kindergarten?
I didn't discover yoga, yoga found me.
There is an incredible mind-body connection that you can find only in yoga.
I never realized you could connect to your inner self and let everything else float by, never connecting to anything else at that moment. It is entirely possible to quiet your mind and strengthen things within.
I know I probably sound totally cuckoo right now but it is true.
Yoga is not easy.
Some days come easier and others are either a mental or physical struggle; or both.
I once heard that the pose you struggle with the most is the one you need the most.
I do my best to embrace those poses.
I have had the opportunity to enjoy The Balanced You program by Gaiam TV.
This 21 day program guides you through a yoga program that begins when you take the quiz to discover your element. I am on day 12. Each day there is a different video that honors all four elements to bring you a sense of well-being; a balanced you. I am earth.
"Cultivator, you're relaxed, organized and connected to the earth, and you love to sit back and resonate with the vibrations of the present moment. Whether you're enjoying nature's beauty or curled up for a night in, you establish roots and allow time to pass with ease. When the going gets tough, you remain grounded, rational and take things as they come." source
Yoga is one of those things that you should at least try one time and see what you think.
My Yoga on Gaiam TV has tons of videos that you can try out. You can even get a 10-day free trial!
Go take the quiz to discover your element!