Yoga For Leo Sun or Rising Signs

Sun Sign Birth Dates for Leo: July 23–Aug 22

Is Leo 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.

 

Leo, a sign signified by the lion. Someone with a Sun or rising sign in Leo is bold, brave, proud and loves nothing more than to be the centre of attention.

 

What to play up:

  • Bravery
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Charm
  • Sincerity

What to watch out for:

  • Self-centredness
  • Self-indulgence
  • Superiority

 

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 Fixed signs is Tamas. Tamas can be symbolised by a tall mountain; strong and steady. Having too much Tamas can lead to laziness, apathy, depression, and a general heavy or ‘stuck’ feeling.

Try to practice more vinyasa and sun salutation-type sequences, as well as incorporating backbends and balancing poses. These are great for increasing energy and invigorating the body.

 

Your Ruling Planet

The Sun is your ruling luminary (sorry Leos, you don’t get a planet, but the Sun is a mighty ruler!)

The Sun tells us all a lot about ourselves, regardless of whether it rules your sign. The Sun shines light on matters, and illuminates what lies in the shadows.

The Sun represents the Self, your way of being in the world. It can represent both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose; giving us fuel to fire our drive towards what we desire both on an earthly plane and a spiritual, higher plane.

 

Body Part Focus

The Hair and the Heart are most associated with Leo.

It is good for Leos to focus on back bends – also known as heart-opener asanas. In any case, balancing out the spinal flexion is wise, so include forward folds and twists in your practise too.

Sun Salutations are a great way to add heart openers and forward folds in to your practise, as well as saluting your planetary ruler. Try to incorporate at least one of these each morning as part of your morning routine. This is a lovely video for introducing you to a Sun Salutation flow:

 

An Affirmation For Your Practise

“I am courageous.”

 

Yoga Asanas For Your Sign

 

1) Lion pose

Sit cross-legged or take a comfortable seat. Take a deep inhalation through the nose. On the exhale, open your mouth wide and stick your tongue out, open your eyes wide, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth making a “HA” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.

This can also be done from table top position with a neutral spine.

Lions Pose
Source: banyanbotanicals.com

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
Source: https://www.yogajournal.com

3) Puppy Pose

Good heart opener and relaxation. Kneeling, place elbows where hands were, press chest and shoulders to floor, tailbone high.

Expressions of this pose:

Twist with right arm under left, left raised straight to the sky, press through right shoulder

Modifications:

Chin or forehead on mat.

Puppy pose
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4) 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
Source: https://www.yogajournal.com

5) Folded Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Seated, bring your feet together facing each other, let your knees sink towards the ground. Heels should be as close as possible to hips, whilst remaining at ease. Create length through your spine as you take your feet (optional: foot massage!) and start to fold forward, keeping your spine as long as possible, crown to tailbone.

Expressions of this pose:

Balancing bound angle – bringing your feet up in front of you, off the ground so you are balancing on the tailbone.

Modifications:

Bring a blanket or blocks under your knees if they are very far away from the ground or causing any discomfort. You can also bring your heels further away from your hips to create more space.

Bound Angle Pose
Source: yogainternational.com

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