Discover Yogastrology – When Yoga Meets Astrology…
Two of my favourite things, combined to create a perfect practice! But what is Yogastrology®?
I’ve been a big fan of yoga since my teenage years, when my mums friend (Lorraine) taught me the basics of stretching and posing.
My auntie Lorraine was a big influence on my astrological interests too, as she had a bookcase full of interesting reads that I’d pore over as she and my mother whiled away the hours.
Lorraine is also a palmist, but won’t often indulge in reading your palm, unless you catch her off-guard when she can go into a trance like state. Anyways, she sparked my interest in yoga, revealing that practicing very simple moves was the key to a supple body into old age. This was around 1995 but it was only in my early 20s at the gym I started attending the odd yoga class, and to this day I’ve never done teacher training or any professional courses.
Still, as an astrologer I’ve always been keen to explore the link between a perfect practice and the traditional areas of the body in astrology, and how we can strengthen them through yoga.
It is thought that by aligning the practice of yoga with astrology, we can become more attuned to the universe, achieving a deeper state of wellness and fulfilment. Fabulous!
Creator Diane Booth Gilliam spent ten years in an ashram and has over 33 years experience practicing and teaching hatha yoga.
“I began to realize that every asana (yoga pose) ultimately relates to the spine—the spine really is the key to the practice of yoga. Within the spine is the Sushumna, that subtle-body energy channel (called a nadi) that embodies the pathway of kundalini Shakti —the energizing power of the universe. On either side of the Sushumna, two additional nadis named Ida and Pingala reside.
Ancient yogis knew that Ida and Pingala align our bodies with the Sun and Moon and attune us — if we’re willing — with all of creation. That explains the term hatha. Ha-tha yoga in actuality means Sun and Moon in Sanskrit. Ha = Sun. Tha = Moon.”
Sun, Moon And Yoga
Hatha (Sun-Moon) yoga in itself is an exercise that encourages synchronization with the celestial cycles – it’s a natural springboard for bringing body into alignment with the Sun, the Moon and the stars! It’s thought that these natural cycles promote happier bodies and greater spiritual awakening…
Depending on your zodiac sign you could have a vulnerability in that area, doing yoga for that area can transform the weakness into strength. Perform the yoga pose for your moon sign to attune to the rhythms of the universe, and for your rising sign to promote self esteem.
So, what are the recommended poses for each sign? Just look below, and to the stars above!
Aries – Warrior One
Assert your inner Aries with the warrior one stance!
Mars ruled, this fire sign is all about the fight, so harness the energy of the Ram with a little yogastrology – Aries style!
A full body energizer, remember to keep the front knee over its ankle, and the back foot flat on the ground. Lift your head to maximize the energy of amazing Aries. This sign often needs more relaxation in their lives, refer to Taurus, Cancer and Pisces please!
Did you know that Aries rules the head? Read Aries Beauty – Behold The Brow
Taurus – The Bridge
The steady Bull Taurus has an energy we can get to grips with through the Bridge pose.
The area of the body for Taurus is the neck, and this pose will strengthen ones trunk. Meditate on abundance. Read Taurus – Neck And Neck
Gemini – Downward Dog
Take on the Gemini Twins – face down in dog!
This pose should build an awareness of shoulders and the whole body as it splits into two. Spread the digits and focus on your fingers, and make your limbs long and lithe – it can’t do any ‘arm!
These two rule the shoulders and nervous system, they have a really restless energy and are born to chatter, however their yogastrology meditation should be to still the mind. By quietening their inner dialogue, Gemini will learn to control their Mercurial tendencies to flit from fancy to fancy… Read Gemini – Shoulder To Shoulder.
Cancer – The Cobra
Channel the Crab and Cancer energy in Cobra!
The Cancerian body part is the chest, channel openheartedness. Read Cancer – Best Boobies!
Leo – The Lion
Be a Leo lion – drop that jaw and roar!
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If you want to take on the regal power of the Leo constellation just adopt the lion stance – or simply silent roar to get your circulation going in the face! You can even do this in a public place – if someone catches you pretend it’s a yawn.
Still, if you want to be a genuine Leo you’ll meditate on the mantra “I’m the Queen and I shall do yoga wherever I please”. Get into the regal mindset of the Leo!
For the full on stretch open that big mouth as wide as possible, pop out the tongue all the way to your chin and eyes open wide! Now look in the mirror. Laugh. Stretch your fingers like a clawing cat and elongate your spine.
As the thespian of the zodiac it’s no wonder this exercise would make a wonderful warm-up in acting class…
Virgo – The Boat
The self contained Virgo Maiden can be a boat!
What better than a belly strengthener to remind us of Virgo virtues? This sign is so in tune with the tummy and its ‘gut instincts’ because it rules the intestines in astrology, and so knows itself so well!
Focus on empowering your abdomen and embrace the virtuous Virgo energy… Surrender. Read Virgo – A Washboard Wonder!
Libra – The Dancer
Hold me closer tiny dancer! Lovely Libra’s pose shows strength for the lower back. In true Libra style focus your mantra and meditation on the beauty of giving and receiving.
Scorpio – The Camel
It’s all about transformative breath for the energy of the Scorpio – direct your energy to the nether regions. Your pelvis.
Jupiter ruled Sagittarius oversees the hips and thighs. Their constant roaming and adventuring journey is the metophorical pilgrimage. Read Sagittarius – Thigh High.
Capricorn – The Gate
Capricorn rules the skeletal structure including the knees. Dharma. Read Capricorn – Cheekbone Charmer
Aquarius – The Eagle
Adopt Aquarius vibes with this ‘different’ yoga pose…
Aqua rules the ankles and this pose will help strengthen the area no end, promoting unity around the whole body.
Remember to lift your elbows and soften your gaze – cool Aquarius doesn’t wobble and neither should you!
Pisces – The Fish
Find your inner Fish and breathe – through your imaginary Pisces gills….
The Neptune ruled Pisces person is relaxed and flowing in this pose. Fluid and free, the dreamy fish flows towards tranquility and bliss. Just remember not to panic in your yoga poses, no one wants to channel the ‘fish out of water’ look!
Pisces rules the feet, which represent our foundations. Find your feet, find your strength and grow from the ground up! Read Pisces – Your Foot Fetish Friend
A nebulae Namasté to you StarGazers!
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