Yoga For Pisces Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Pisces: Feb 19–Mar 20

Is Pisces your Rising Sign? Your rising sign, also called your ascendant, is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and is the sign in your 1st House. If you know what time you were born, you can calculate your Rising sign.

 

Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac, and takes us right into the realm of the spiritual; our higher self and the world of dreams and imagination. Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Pisces is likely to come across as artistic, intuitive and sensitive.

 

What to play up:

  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Intuition
  • Wisdom
  • Kindness

What to watch out for:

  • Overly fearful
  • Overly trusting
  • Acting the martyr

 

Your Element, Dosha and Guna

Water is your element.

Water signs are likely to be predominantly Kapha in nature.

When there is too much Kapha nature in someone, it results in excess lethargy and can lead to feeling dull and heavy, as well as the physical manifestations of congestion.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise regular and incorporate a more rigorous flow. Incorporate powerful standing poses, creating heat in your body to counter your natural tendency to feel cold and sluggish.

You could also try incorporating Bhastrika (Bellows Breath), which helps to remove excess congestion in the lungs, create warmth and energise the mind.

The Guna associated with Mutable signs is Sattva. Sattva can be symbolised by a newborn baby; the state of balance and equanimity. Sattva goes with the flow; accepting and working with change as it is.

Although Sattva is likely the Guna you want to cultivate most, too much can lead someone to be too ‘spacey’, disconnecting from reality or unable to be motivated to do something. That is why all three Gunas work together; some grounding and stability from Tamas makes Sattva more stable, and a little fire from Rajas makes Sattva dynamic.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise varied to maintain your stable balance of all three Gunas and keep Sattva in check. Full-bodied practises, incorporating dynamic asana, pranayama and quiet periods of meditation is best.

 

Your Ruling Planet

Neptune is your ruling planets.

Neptune is represented by the lord of the sea – think Triton in The Little Mermaid. It represents the desire to escape the world of the mundane, and encourages us to dream of distant shores. Neptune is also connected to music, so those born under it’s influence are likely to reveal music preferences early in life.

 

Body Part Focus

The feet are most associated with Aquarius, as well as the lymph system, immune system and the pineal gland.

 

An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I am living my dream.”

 

Yoga Asanas For Your Sign

 

1) Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Stand with feet together or hips-width/two fists apart. Lift toes, spread them out, place back down. Lift through the arches and up through the knees and thighs. Internally rotate thighs. Soften tailbone down to lengthen back. Shine chest to sky whilst pulling ribs in line with hips. Bring back of head in line with back of heels. Drop chin slightly, lengthen through crown to sky. Ground down whilst lifting up.

Expressions of this pose:

Hands to heart in prayer, raise arms and stretch from side to side, arm swings.

Modifications:

Could be done partly on a chair.

Mountain pose
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2) Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Come to all fours, hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your fingers wide, index fingers facing forward, and turn your toes under.

Ground firmly through your hands and toes as you bend your knees slightly, lifting your tailbone straight up. Work toward straightening your legs, but prioritise ease and length through the spine.

Expressions of this pose:

Lift one hand and take it to the opposite leg into a twist, look under shoulder.

Modifications:

Keep knees bent, add blanket under heels.

Downward facing dog
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3) Upward Facing Dog

Lie on your belly with the tops of your feet on the floor. Bring your palms to the floor beside your waist and bring your elbows in towards your body. Inhale and straighten your arms, simultaneously lifting your torso up and your legs a few inches off the floor on an inhalation. Keep the thighs firm, the arms strong and turned out so the elbow creases face forward. Ground strongly into the hands and toes/top of foot.

Modifications:

Often it’s difficult to keep the legs strongly suspended above the floor. Before you move into the pose, position a thick blanket roll below your top thighs. When you are in the pose, lightly rest your thighs on this roll as you press the tailbone closer to the roll.

Upward Facing Dog
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4) Half-Frog Pose

Lie on your belly. Press your forearms against the floor and lift your head and upper torso. Bend your right knee and bring the heel toward the same-side buttock. Reach back with your right hand and clasp the inside of your foot. Use the base of your palm to press down the top of the foot. Keep shoulder square with the front of the mat and continue to keep your left shoulder lifted.

Modifications: 

Support the lift of the upper torso with a bolster under your lower ribs, and press your free forearm on the floor in front of the bolster.

Half-Frog Pose
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5) Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Inhale, slide your hands, palms down, below your buttocks, tucking your forearms and elbows in to your sides. Inhale and press your forearms and elbows firmly against the floor then lift your upper torso and head away from the floor. Release your crown back onto the floor. There should be a minimal amount of weight on your head to avoid crunching your neck.

Expressions of pose: 

Raise your legs straight out, up to a foot off the ground.

Modifications:

Perform the pose with your back supported on a thickly rolled blanket. Be sure your head rests comfortably on the floor and your throat is soft.

Fish pose
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Yoga For Sagittarius Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Sagittarius: Nov 22–Dec 21

Is Sagittarius your Rising Sign? Your rising sign, also called your ascendant, is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and is the sign in your 1st House. If you know what time you were born, you can calculate your Rising sign.

 

Sagittarius is the adventurer of the zodiac signs. Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Sagittarius has an open mind and philosophical outlook, and love to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life.

 

What to play up:

  • Generosity
  • Humour
  • Adventurous nature
  • Enthusiasm
  • Honesty

What to watch out for:

  • Impatience
  • Tactlessness
  • Over-promising

 

Your Element, Dosha and Guna

Fire is your element.

Fire signs are likely to be predominantly Pitta in nature.

When there is too much Pitta nature in someone, it results in excess heat and can lead to physical discomfort, as well as frustration and aggressiveness.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise fairly gentle, or to include grounding Yin flows to achieve more balance. Loving Kindness (metta) meditations are also very helpful for daily practise, or whenever you notice yourself feeling ‘fired up.’

The Guna associated with Mutable signs is Sattva. Sattva can be symbolised by a newborn baby; the state of balance and equanimity. Sattva goes with the flow; accepting and working with change as it is.

Although Sattva is likely the Guna you want to cultivate most, too much can lead someone to be too ‘spacey’, disconnecting from reality or unable to be motivated to do something. That is why all three Gunas work together; some grounding and stability from Tamas makes Sattva more stable, and a little fire from Rajas makes Sattva dynamic.

Keep your yoga asana practise varied to maintain your stable balance of all three Gunas and keep Sattva in check. Full-bodied practises, incorporating dynamic asana, pranayama and quiet periods of meditation is best.

 

Your Ruling Planet

Jupiter is your ruling planet.

The largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter is all about expansion, abundance and emphasising all aspects it comes across. It is our teacher (also known as Guru in Vedic Astrology) helping us to learn, grow and expand our system of beliefs that define our reality.

 

Body Part Focus

The hips are most associated with Sag. Also affected are the sciatic nerve, thighs and buttocks.

 

An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I explore and expand.”

 

Yoga Asanas For Your Sign

 

1) Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

From downward dog, lunge right foot forward between hands. Spin back foot down, inhale swim arms up and gaze toward thumbs. Lower so that front leg is at a 90 degree angle, knee over ankle and second toe. Hips square to front, feet hips-width distance. Inhale to lift through spine, exhale to mild backbend. Keep both legs strong and ground through back edge of foot.

Expressions of this pose:

Take Aeroplane, Eagle or Cowface arms

Modifications:

Arms down for stability, front leg less bent

Warrior 1 pose
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2) Wild Thing

Starting in Downward dog, bring your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot, as though coming to side plank. Turn your body to face the sky as your left foot steps over the right, raising your left hand to the sky and keeping your hips shining upwards.

Expressions of this pose:

Not so much an expression, but a follow-on could be Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose

Modifications:

Gate pose is a nice alternative that keeps one knee on the floor but also starts to improve your stability.

Wild Thing
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3) Lizard pose

Begin in Downward-Facing Dog. Exhale, step your right foot forward to the outside edge of your right hand. Hands and right foot are lined up. Make sure the right knee isn’t moving past the right ankle. Sink your weight down into your hips, keeping the weight distributed evenly across both hips.

Expressions of this pose:

Curl your left toes under and press up into the ball of the left foot. Actively lift the inner left thigh and press the left heel back while reaching the chest forward. Bring forearms down to the ground, hands flat in front of you.

Modifications:

Keep arms straight and chest and chin lifted.

Lizard pose
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4) Half Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Come to table top pose. Bring your left knee to touch your left wrist and inch your left foot forward until it’s just in front of your right hip. Slide your right leg toward the back of your mat and lower both hips toward the floor. Walk your arms forward, pressing your hands firmly into the floor as if pushing away the ground.

Expressions of this pose:

Come further forward, bring head to the mat. Alternatively, stay up and bend the right knee, taking the foot towards you with your right hand.

Modifications: 

Bring a rolled blanket or a block under the left hip to help balance the hips.

Half Pigeon Pose
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5) Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

Begin by laying flat on your back. Bend the knees into the belly, taking the outside of each foot with the corresponding hand. Open your knees slightly wider than your torso and bring them up towards your armpits. Stack each ankle directly over the knee so that the shins are perpendicular to the floor. With gentle movements, push your feet up into your hands and pull down with your hands to create resistance. Flex your feet. Lengthen your spine as you bring your thighs into your torso and towards the floor.

Expressions of pose: 

Hamstring stretch: take left leg up and behind left arm, hold left foot with right arm

Modifications:

If you find it difficult to grip your feet, try looping a belt or yoga strap over each sole and holding on to the ends of it.

Happy Baby Pose
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Yoga For Virgo Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Virgo: Aug 23–Sep 22

Is Virgo your Rising Sign? Your rising sign, also called your ascendant, is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and is the sign in your 1st House. If you know what time you were born, you can calculate your Rising sign.

 

Virgo is the stickler for detail. Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Virgo is organised, a true problem solver and tends to trust their head more than their heart.

 

What to play up:

  • Loyalty
  • Rational thinking
  • Considerateness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Practicality

What to watch out for:

  • Shyness
  • Worry
  • Overly critical of self and others

 

Your Element, Dosha and Guna

Earth is your element.

Earth signs are likely to be predominantly Kapha in nature.

When there is too much Kapha nature in someone, it results in excess lethargy and can lead to feeling dull and heavy, as well as the physical manifestations of congestion.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise regular and incorporate a more rigorous flow. Incorporate powerful standing poses, creating heat in your body to counter your natural tendency to feel cold and sluggish.

You could also try incorporating Bhastrika (Bellows Breath), which helps to remove excess congestion in the lungs, create warmth and energise the mind.

The Guna associated with Mutable signs is Sattva. Sattva can be symbolised by a newborn baby; the state of balance and equanimity. Sattva goes with the flow; accepting and working with change as it is.

Although Sattva is likely the Guna you want to cultivate most, too much can lead someone to be too ‘spacey’, disconnecting from reality or unable to be motivated to do something. That is why all three Gunas work together; some grounding and stability from Tamas makes Sattva more stable, and a little fire from Rajas makes Sattva dynamic.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise varied to maintain your stable balance of all three Gunas and keep Sattva in check. Full-bodied practises, incorporating dynamic asana, pranayama and quiet periods of meditation is best.

 

Your Ruling Planet

Mercury is your ruling planet.

He/she (Mercury is seen as gender neutral) is commonly identified with the Greek Hermes, the fleet-footed messenger of the gods. Mercury is all about communication, moving quickly through the sky.

Because of Mercury’s ability to communicate, Virgos often make successful careers as writers and journalists, as well as the more analytical, details-oriented roles such as statisticians, analysts and so on.

 

Body Part Focus

The abdomen is most associated with Virgo.

This includes the stomach, small intestine, gall bladder and spleen. Virgo is also the co-ruler (along with Gemini) of the nervous system.

It might be worth focussing on asanas that help with digestion and core activation.

 

An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I let go of that which does not serve my purpose.”

 

Yoga Asanas For Your Sign

 

1) Boat Pose (Paripurna Navasana)

Begin seated, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Lean back slightly and lift your feet, bringing your shins parallel to the floor. Balance on your sit bones, keeping your spine straight. Hands can support legs under thighs.

Start to straighten your legs and bring your arms to the side. Use your core strength to create stability. Keep your collar bones open and lifted.

Expressions of this pose:

Low boat – bring legs lower and lean back more.

Modifications:

Keep your knees bent. Keep arms supporting legs.

Boat pose
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2) Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)

Lay on belly, hands face down under shoulders. The tops of your feet should rest on the mat, pressing firmly through them.  Inhale, lift your head and heart forward and upward, keeping length through your spine. Use your hands as support – try not to push too much into them. Exhale, slowly lower your chest and forehead to the mat.

Expressions of this pose:

Try lifting your palms off the floor.

Modifications:

Practise against a wall, belly and palms against it. As you press against the wall, draw your shoulder blades firmly into your upper back and broaden across your collar bones.

Cobra pose
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3) Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)

Inhale, step feet 3–4 feet apart. Turn right foot out 90 degrees, left foot out 60 degrees. Left hand to outside of right foot, taking right arm up. Gaze to sky, draw belly in and create length, keep legs strong.

Expressions of this pose:

Bring right arm around back, or bind by taking left arm under right leg, holding right hand.

Modifications:

Come into from low lunge (knee on floor) and arms in prayer. Use of block. Modify neck position.

Revolved side angle
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4) Head-to-knee Pose (Janu Sirsasana)

From staff pose, place right foot to inner thigh. Inhale, create length through the spine, extend arms up. Exhale, fold forward taking extended foot or clasp wrist around foot. Inhale, create length as you wave the spine forward, exhale to draw head to toes. Lift elbows, draw shoulders back and down.

Expressions of this pose:

Revolved – Take the arm on side of bent leg up and over your head, turning your chest to face upwards, lengthening through the side body.

Modifications:

Rolled up blanket in bent knee if you have issues with deep knee flexion.

Head-to-Knee Pose
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5) Half lord of the fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

From easy pose, bring right leg in with knee pointing forward, take left leg over right knee, sole of foot to floor. Inhale lengthen through spine. Exhale hooking right elbow over left leg, left arm stabilises behind your back. Twist from base of spine, let head turn last to look behind you.

Expressions of this pose:

Thread right arm under left knee, reaching around your back and take hand with left hand.

Modifications:

Use a strap to connect arms if taking bind. Extend bottom leg if hips are tight.

Half Lord of the Fishes
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Yoga For Gemini Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Gemini: May 21–June 21

Is Gemini your Rising Sign? Your rising sign, also called your ascendant, is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born, and is the sign in your 1st House. If you know what time you were born, you can calculate your Rising sign.

 

Gemini, the twins, is a double dose of expression! Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Gemini is chatty, explorative and fascinated by just about everything. On a bad day, they may come across as inconsistent and indecisive.

 

What to play up:

  • Humour
  • Curiosity
  • Ability to entertain
  • Flirtatiousness
  • Creativity

What to watch out for:

  • Inconsistency
  • Indecision
  • Lying

 

Your Element, Dosha and Guna

Air is your element.

Air signs are likely to be predominantly Vata in nature, but Aquarius is Tridhatu.

This describes those of us whose natural constitution is an even combination of all three Doshas. Tridoshic or Tridhatu त्रिधातु, means ‘threefold.’

The Guna associated with Mutable signs is Sattva. Sattva can be symbolised by a newborn baby; the state of balance and equanimity. Sattva goes with the flow; accepting and working with change as it is.

Although Sattva is likely the Guna you want to cultivate most, too much can lead someone to be too ‘spacey’, disconnecting from reality or unable to be motivated to do something. That is why all three Gunas work together; some grounding and stability from Tamas makes Sattva more stable, and a little fire from Rajas makes Sattva dynamic.

Because of this, it’s recommended to keep your yoga asana practise varied to maintain your stable balance of all three Doshas and keep Sattva in check. Full-bodied practises, incorporating dynamic asana, pranayama and quiet periods of meditation is best.

 

Your Ruling Planet

Mercury is your ruling planet.

He/she (Mercury is seen as gender neutral) is commonly identified with the Greek Hermes, the fleet-footed messenger of the gods. Mercury is all about communication, moving quickly through the sky.

When Mercury energy is used skilfully, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. When we’re not doing so well under Mercury, we can be nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.

 

Body Part Focus

The Shoulders are the body parts most affected with Gemini. Also affected are the lungs, arms, hands and fingers.

Yoga Asanas that focus on strengthening the shoulders and that build a safe and supported shoulder girdle are recommended.

 

An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I communicate fluently with my inner guidance”

 

Yoga Asanas For Your Sign

 

1) Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Come to all fours, hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your fingers wide, index fingers facing forward, and turn your toes under.

Ground firmly through your hands and toes as you bend your knees slightly, lifting your tailbone straight up. Work toward straightening your legs, but prioritise ease and length through the spine.

Expressions of this pose:

Lift one hand and take it to the opposite leg into a twist, look under shoulder.

Modifications:

Keep knees bent, add blanket under heels.

Downward facing dog
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2) Thread the Needle (Parsva Balasana)

Come to all fours, hands and knees. Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread your fingers wide, index fingers facing forward. Exhale, sliding your right arm underneath your left arm with your palm facing up. Let your right shoulder come to the mat, resting your right ear and cheek on the mat.

Note for Gemini: This pose creates a sense of ease as the inner energy channels, the ida and the pingala, are crossed. This is particularly restorative for those who tend to feel overloaded and overwhelmed with information.

Expressions of this pose:

Bring the arm that is still facing to the front of the mat to your lower back. Keep your lower arm on the floor with your palm facing up.

Modifications:

Fold your mat or place a blanket under your knees.

Thread the Needle pose
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3) Eagle pose (Garudasana)

Spread toes and firm down through all four corners of feet. Bend left knee and wrap right leg around standing leg, placing toes behind shin or as far as possible. Extend arms out wrapping left arm under right. Lift shoulders and press palms together. Sink hips down.

Modifications:

Touch toes to floor for more stability.

Eagle pose
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4) Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)

Lay on belly, hands face down under shoulders. The tops of your feet should rest on the mat, pressing firmly through them.  Inhale, lift your head and heart forward and upward, keeping length through your spine. Use your hands as support – try not to push too much into them. Exhale, slowly lower your chest and forehead to the mat.

Expressions of this pose:

Try lifting your palms off the floor.

Modifications:

Practise against a wall, belly and palms against it. As you press against the wall, draw your shoulder blades firmly into your upper back and broaden across your collar bones.

Cobra pose
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5) Cow face pose (Gomukasana)

Seated, fold right leg over left, aiming to stack knees on top of each other. Reach right arm behind you, fingers facing up spine. Reach left arm behind head, taking right hand.

Expressions of this pose:

Lengthen through spine and fold forward.

Modifications:

Use a strap if you can’t reach your hands to each other.

Cow face pose
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