We know that our zodiac reveals a lot about our personalities, our character traits, our motivations and our deepest desires. Our sun sign determines who we are at our core, which helps us to explain our behaviors and our likes and dislikes.
Whether you are aware of it or not, we are affected by astrology and understanding our astrological sign can help us explore the connection between yoga poses and our zodiacs. While this may sound a little bit out there, the relationship between yoga and astrology dates way back to yoga’s origins.
If you align your yoga practice to your astrological sign, you can improve your health and wellness by aligning yourself to the natural rhythms of the sun, the moon and the stars.
Here are our TOP yoga poses and styles that match the characteristics and personality traits of each of the 12 zodiac signs.
#1 Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries is a fire sign and always in motion. A powerful vinyasa style class that is constantly flowing through a series of movements is perfect for you. Aries governs the head and brain and is prone to headaches, therefore headstands that reverse the blood flow and bring more oxygen to the brain and forward folds are perfect for you. You also love a good challenge and coming first – after all you are the first of the zodiacs – so powerful warrior poses in all variations are perfectly suited for you Aries, as you want to pioneer and enter new territory.
#2 Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Taurus is an earth sign that is build for strength, but may lack flexibility. Characterized by the bull, who starts slow, but once you get going, you put in the hard work. Hatha yoga with its slow, deliberate movements is the perfect fit for you. Taurus governs the throat and the neck and as the most earthy sign of all the zodiacs, you love to fully experience all physical sensations: taste, touch, smell, etc. Because of your extreme strength of will and determination you are stable and balanced. Tree pose is perfect for all you Taurus because the earthy feeling of being centered, grounded and balanced perfectly fits your energy. Chanting with your poses is a great combination for you to activate the throat chakra.
#3 Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini is an air sign ruled by mercury. The twins represent your sign and you are characterized by being mercurial and adventurous. Kundalini yoga with its dance-like movements is a perfect fit to embrace the Gemini energy. Gemini love to invite complimentary opposites like day and night, sun and moon, hot and cold and Hatha yoga is another great option (Ha-Sun, Tha-Moon). Gemini governs the shoulders, arms, hands, lungs and nervous system and tend to hold tension in their shoulders so practicing plow pose or shoulder stand are the perfect fit for you. Draw close attention to your breath to stay focused and in the present moment.
#4 Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer is a water sign and ruled by the moon, which is tied to your emotions. Yin yoga is the perfect fit, because its intention is to release deep seated emotions and moves at a slower pace, which provides a safe space for you Cancer to feel supported and safe. Cancer governs the chest, stomach and digestion. Since Cancer is ruled by the moon, Half Moon Pose is perfectly suited for you to balance your emotions while providing strength. And because you govern digestion, Wind Relieving Pose is another great option because it is designed to improve digestion and relieve gas.
#5 Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leo is another fire sign that has tons of energy and loves to play. Powerful yoga styles that are more fitness-based and intense are the perfect outlet for you Leo with lots of opportunities to try new and challenging poses. Leo governs the heart, spine and upper back and is ruled by the sun, so Sun Salutations are the perfect, natural fit for you, but heart openers like Fish Pose are also very beneficial. Lion’s breath, which mimics the fierceness of the Leo can be both relaxing and amusing for you and a great practice to let your personality shine.
#6 Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo is an earth sign ruled by mercury and you’re all about harmony. As a natural perfectionist who likes organization and order, the detail-oriented style of Iyengar is perfect for you with its precise movements and the use of props that help you find a therapeutic release for the body in each pose. Virgo governs the central nervous system, intestines and spleen and because of the overactive nervous system, restorative poses like Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose and supported headstand are very beneficial to calm the nervous system and give you peace of mind.
#7 Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libra is an air sign that is all about balancing your life. The best style for you is Vinyasa Yoga because it’s all about connecting the breath with the movement. Libra governs the lower back, kidney and bladder. The scale represents your sign, so classic balancing poses like Tree Pose or Eagle are great options that bring both strength and flexibility. Another great balancing practice for the peace and harmony seeking Libra is Alternate Nostril Breathing, which restores harmony and balance to the body and mind and leaves you feeling completely relaxed and at ease.
#8 Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpio is a water sign that is known for being intense and the Scorpio is the symbol of sex and passion. Acro yoga is a great style for you, because the Scorpio desires deep intimate connection and practicing with a partner is perfect. Scorpio governs the reproductive system and pelvis and has the ability to penetrate the heart. Camel Pose is your perfect fit, because it absorbs the Scorpio energy and Bound Angle Pose is another great option for you Scorpio, because it enhances the flow of energy throughout the pelvic floor region.
#9 Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius is a fire sign that is always up for an adventure, which makes Power yoga a great style for you. Sagittarius governs the sacral area, hips and thighs, which makes you prone to sciatica. This makes Pigeon pose perfect for you to open up the hips and give you an amazing stretch. Like your fellow fire sign Aries, Sagittarius are prone to accidents that come from sudden, dangerous pursuits. Triangle Pose is another great pose for you because it activates the hips and thighs and gives a nice stretch to the hamstrings.
#10 Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorn is an earth sign who likes form and structure. Traditional Ashtanga Yoga is a very strict style that is built on six series to practice as you progress into the next series. Capricorn thrives with a structured plan, which is why Ashtanga is what suits you best. Capricorn governs the skin, bones and knees and is the most reliable and stable of the zodiac signs. Strong willed, practical, responsible and dependable Mountain Pose is perfect for the steadfast Capricorn, which is represented by a mountain goat. What better match than a mountain for you?
#11 Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarius is an air sign who is known for a deep humanitarian drive and out-of-the-box thinking. Aquarians have a very high-strung nervous system and you would highly benefit from the restorative nature of Hatha yoga. Another great style for you is Jivamukti yoga as many yogis who follow this style are known to be activists for the environment and animal rights. Aquarius governs the circulation of blood and the legs from the knees to the ankles. Perfect poses for you are Bridge Pose and Shoulderstand, which reverses the blood flow and the pull of gravity on your body.
#12 Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces is a water element and deeply in touch with the ebb and flow of their emotions. Their sensitive and caring personalities benefit most from Restorative yoga, which is the gentles type of yoga that feels like a hug for the soul. Pisces governs the feet, lymphatic system and liver and often puts others before themselves to avoid any kind of conflict. Fish Pose helps you to soak up the Piscean energy, which is compassionate, intuitive and healing. Another great pose for you is Butterfly Pose because you bow towards your feet.
Your astrological sun sign governs certain body parts and organs and dictates particular emotional and psychological patterns and tendency. If you practice the corresponding yoga poses and styles, you can help to create more health and balance in your life. Try to incorporate some of these poses into your daily yoga practice and see how it influences your life.
PAIR YOUR ASTROLOGICAL SIGN WITH YOUR YOGA PRACTICE AND DEEPEN YOUR EXPERIENCE
Joschi & Monika