If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read up a good deal about your zodiac sign to better understand and work on your personality traits. Or, maybe you just like to occasionally skim through the newspaper’s horoscope section to check out what the stars say is in store for you. But what if I told you that your star sign might also help you pick the best yoga pose for your body and mind? Aligning your yoga practice with your star sign is a great way to self-analyze and tap into your true essence, says Paula Pavlova, astrology expert and co-founder of Moonbox.
Holistic health physician Dr Stephanie Marango and astrologer Rebecca Gordon talk about this intersection of yoga and astrology in great detail in their book Your Body and the Stars. The authors note that each of the twelve zodiac signs govern a region of the body — “starting with Aries at your head and ending with Pisces at your feet”. All of these signs’ energy resides within us and can be accessed through the corresponding body region.
Moreover, the book also highlights that each of these signs represent different facets of our personalities and can be used as “a self-help guide” to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. “The question, then, is to figure out which facets to express and how,” say Gordon and Dr Marango.
Enter: Astro-Yoga. The technique combines astrology and yoga to help you connect with yourself and make you feel more balanced, both physically and emotionally.
So, are you ready to take your yoga game to a whole new level? Good! Here are the best yoga poses for you based on your zodiac sign:
Aries – Boat Pose (Navasana):
“Boat is a powerhouse of a core strengthening pose and Aries is the ultimate powerhouse sign —
moving with a fiery blaze through any challenge with beauty and grace,” says Pavlova. Boat pose helps strengthen your abdominal muscles, your spine and hips thus allowing you to tone your body. “It is a great chest opener to awaken your heart chakra as well as your lungs,” says Koya Webb, celebrity yoga instructor, holistic health coach and author of Let Your Fears Make You Fierce. The boat pose also “boosts your metabolism and can stimulate your thyroid based on how your head is positioned in this pose”, adds Webb.
Taurus – Tree Pose (Vriksasana):
Connecting to the element of Earth in any way we can is grounding and healing. “The tree Pose is essentially just that — a posture that inspires grounded patience and an overall sense of fortitude and balance, much needed to tame the wild bull,” says Pavlova. This yoga pose “provides a nice stretch to the lower half of your body including the thighs and groin while also strengthening the hips and the legs”, explains Webb. “It offers a stress-relieving sensation while allows you to practice improving your balance and flexibility,” says the yoga expert.
Gemini – Eagle Pose (Garudasana):
“Ruled by the element of Air, Geminis possess a unique ability to float between social circles, experiences, and curiosities,” tells Pavlova. “Eagle is just playful enough to pique their interest while offering the benefits of stability to help focus Gemini’s easily distractible energy and channel it towards something good,” says the astrologer. Similar to Tree pose, the Eagle pose also “allows you to improve your balance and flexibility by loosening your legs and hips,” Webb points out. “It stretches your shoulders, back, and hips while also strengthening your core and calf muscles,” she says. In addition, this pose stimulates circulation throughout your body thus creating a boost in digestion, notes the yoga expert.
Cancer – Child’s Pose (Balasana):
“The Child’s pose can be seen as a deep bow to the Earth, offering a soothing and cozy feeling as if you were in the comfort of your own home — a Cancer’s favorite place,” says Pavlova. This is the perfect pose for when a Cancer may be feeling overwhelmed and needs to take shelter for just a moment without fully retreating into their shell. “The Child’s pose is an amazing way to calm your mind and body,” says Webb. “It promotes circulation throughout the body and relieves any tension that you may have building up in your chest, back or shoulders,” adds Webb.
Leo – Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana):
Regal and stunning by nature, Leo and the Sphinx pose couldn’t be a better match. “Sphinx offers relaxation for the spine and reproductive organs — the creative center of the body — while opening up the heart, which is the intention center, to lead with love like a true Leo would,” says Pavlova. The Sphinx is a great yoga pose that allows you to open up your chest and elongate your spine while providing a gentle, but satisfying stretch to it. “It’s also a perfect pose to reverse any damage to your back that has been caused by poor posture,” says Webb.
Virgo – Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana):
Also knows as the Earth Maiden, Virgo is considered the caretaker of nature, singing to the birds and the bees while tending to branches and the trees. “She is meticulous, patient and fierce when it comes to showing her love. What better pose to describe these traits than the Goddess Stance — grounded, loving, patient, and powerful,” says Pavlova. The Goddess pose works your inner thighs, groin, legs and back. “This heats up your body thus stimulating circulation,” says Webb. It’s a “perfect pose to create more room in your pelvic area which could be beneficial for preparing the body for events such as childbirth,” adds the yogi.
Libra – Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana):
Governor of all things balanced, just, and beautiful — the meaning of Libra can be most beautifully depicted by the balancing act of Half Moon Pose which is like a delicate dance through gravity, expanding in every direction, while opening the heart. “All balancing poses a perfect for any Libra to help them align their inner scale but this one happens to tick all the boxes with beauty in it’s expression much like that of a ballerina,” says Pavlova. This pose will grant you a strong lower body by strengthening your legs, glutes, hamstrings, and ankles. “It can alleviate menstrual problems like cramping and bloating and sciatica pain caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve,” Webb points out.
Scorpio – Locust Pose (Shalabhasana):
Locust pose is a strong and vigorous pose designed to strengthen the pelvic floor, the core, and the legs while activating every muscle in the body to support the pose. “Scorpio is considered the most sensual, passionate and intense of all the zodiac signs, making this pose the perfect expression of a Scorpio’s deep desire to feel it all,” Pavlova explains. Other than improving your posture, the Locust pose relieves tension that may be trapped in your back and shoulders, says Webb. “It also tones the buttocks and hamstrings,” adds the holistic healer.
Sagittarius – Reverse Warrior II (Viparita Virabhadrasana II):
There couldn’t be a more appropriate pose to assign to a Sagittarius than the Reverse Warrior or the Exalted pose. The benefits of a Warrior pose include focus and tenaciousness, which is exactly what a Sagittarius needs to keep their eyes on the prize and off of the next sparkly thing that floats by, notes Pavlova. “This pose emphasizes on elongating the sides of your body, like the waist and torso that many other poses tend to overlook,” Webb explains. “It’s great for strengthening both the upper and lower parts of your body and also helps improve flexibility and balance,” she states.
Capricorn – Mountain Pose (Tadasana):
Though it appears to be a seemingly simple yoga pose, Tadasana is actually quite complex. “Capricorn’s energy is motivated by nature but it can easily burn out if not committed to a steady pace,” says Pavlova. Practicing holding a strong Mountain on a regular basis can help build endurance and resilience needed to steadily take on any goal, big or small. “The Mountain pose allows you to work on slowing down your breath and focusing on self-awareness,” says Webb. Reportedly, it also opens up your chest and shoulders, improves posture and helps with firming your abdominal muscles.
Aquarius – Upward-Facing Bow or Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana):
Aquarius is the most ingenious and imaginative of all the signs. Always busy finding a new and better way to approach an issue or developing a new design, concept or a solution. “Upward Facing Bow is a huge heart opening pose, giving an Aquarius the energy boost they need to keep dreaming, inspiring, and creating a better world with a wide open heart,” tells Pavlova. If done right, “this pose can stimulate your thyroid gland and increase energy throughout your body thus elevating your mood and reducing any stress or anxiety”, Webb explains.
Pisces – Fish Pose (Matsyasana):
Matsyasana opens your throat and heart — the spaces of truth and intention in your body. This makes the Fish Pose a natural choice for Pisces, the most spiritual of all signs, says Pavlova. The Fish pose opens up your heart and throat chakras which stimulates positive energy throughout your body, tells Webb. “It also strengthens the back of your neck and your upper back muscles, promoting better posture,” adds the health coach.