Yoga For Cancer Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Cancer: June 22–July 22

Is Cancer 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.


Cancer, the first water sign to show up in the Zodiac, also initiates the Summer in the northern hemisphere. Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Cancer is like the crab the sign is represented by: hard on the outside, soft on the inside.


What to play up:

  • Sensitivity
  • Caring
  • Imagination
  • Loyalty
  • Vulnerability

What to watch out for:

  • Grasping; tendency to not let go
  • Self-pity
  • Manipulation


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.

Your Guna is Rajas, associated with Cardinal signs. The nature of Rajas can be symbolised by an erupting volcano; it is attraction, longing, and attachment. When in excess, Rajas can be a source of anxiety, over-thinking, and hyperactivity.

Practicing at least one restorative pose every day will be very effective at reducing Rajas. It’s also worth holding poses for longer and minimise or slow down vinyasa and sun salutation-type sequences.


Your Ruling Planet

The moon is your ruling luminary (sorry Cancers, you don’t get a planet, but the Moon is an awesome ruler!)

The moon is hard to ignore, even if you aren’t clued up on the astrology. She rules the ocean waves, fertility and even scientific research acknowledges her effect on human behaviour.

The ultimate representation of primordial femininity, the moon illuminates our hearts, our emotions, our need for comfort. The moon is also considered one of the three most influential placements in our charts: wherever your moon falls is a sign and house worth paying attention to.


Body Part Focus

The Chest is the body part most affected with Cancer. Also affected are the womb and breasts, if you’re female.

Yoga Asanas that focus on detoxing the body, calming the mind and balancing the emotions are recommended. Hatha yoga is ideal for this. In addition, chanting and use of mantras will also help to settle the emotions and connect the mind with the body.


An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I am loved and I am safe.”


Yoga Asanas For Your Sign


1) 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.


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

2) Bow Pose

Lay on belly, bend knees, swim arms back taking hold of ankles. Kick feet back, keeping feet in line with knees and hips. Continue to lift crown up, chest and shoulders open, thighs raise off the floor.

Expressions of this pose:

Take inside of ankles to open shoulders more.


Take one leg at a time, half bow pose.

Bow Pose

3) Plank Pose

From all-fours, straighten legs out behind so that arms are perpendicular to the floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso parallel to the floor. Pull your outer arms inward and ground through the bases of your fingers and knuckles into the floor. Flatten your shoulder blades against your back, then spread them away from the spine. Lift your collarbones away from the sternum.

Expressions of this pose:

Take half-plank by bringing one hand to the centre line, below your face, and the the other hand over head, performing a twist. Stack the leg on the side of the raised arm on top of the lower leg.


Bring knees to floor.

Plank Pose

4) Half-Moon Pose

From triangle pose, look down at front foot and bend front knee. Step back leg a foot forward and place front hand in line with front foot (a foot in front) and start to tip forward, lifting back leg. Stabilise and extend top arm to the ceiling, keeping body in one plane, rotating top hip open.

Expressions of this pose:

Take Half-Moon Arc Pose by bending top knee and taking foot with top hand.


Keep gaze down for balance, place block under lower hand.

Half-Moon Pose

5) Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Lay on back, arms at your side. Ground through feet (hips width apart and reach hips up to ceiling. Interlace fingers behind back. Lift chest to and chin to ceiling. Keep knees drawing inwards.

Expressions of this pose:

Place palms on lower back with fingers around waist, resting on elbows for a deeper backbend. Or place a block under sacrum for a restorative version. Or lift heels and reach on leg to the sky for one-legged bridge.


Place a block under sacrum.

Bridge pose

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