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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