cobblers pose

Tintype portrait of a cobbler posing with his tools and shoes, c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.

Yoga For Your Sign

Written by: Vanisha

Hey! It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been sitting on this yoga lesson idea for a while now, but for some reason, up until now, I haven’t felt inspired to write it. 

Since delving more into astrology, I’ve been able to pinpoint and further understand certain characteristics about myself and those around me. As well as characteristics though, I’ve also learned how different signs apply to one of the four elements and certain body parts. For example, I’m a Taurus which governs the neck and throat and that explains why I used to hate people near my neck – I guess LoA had people near my neck quite often?? – and why I sing pretty much all the time (even though I can’t, sorry neighbours).
Like yoga, I feel like astrology can be a great way to understand ourselves and our bodies more. So I’ve put the two together in this post on yoga poses that benefit you in terms of your signs or that benefit anyone depending on, for example, what sign the sun or moon is in at the moment!


Aries
Head, face, brain, eyes.
Warrior 1, 2, 3 and humble warrior, chair pose, headstand and fire log pose.

Taurus
Throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract.
Tree pose, peacock pose, locust pose, bow pose, and cow-face pose.

Gemini
Arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, brain.
Shoulderstand, crow pose, handstand, eight-angle pose, dragon pose, flying pigeon pose.

Cancer
Chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal.
Half moon pose, crescent lunge, goddess pose, child’s pose, moon salutation.

Leo
Heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back.
Wild thing, side plank, gorilla pose, camel pose, sun salutation.

Virgo
Digestive system, intestines, spleen, nervous system.
Boat pose, seated twist, plow pose, reclined spinal twist.

Libra
Kidney, skin, lumbar region, buttocks.
Dancer pose, bird of paradise pose, balancing warrior, eagle pose, happy baby pose.

Scorpio
Reproductive system, sexual, bowels, excretory system.
Camel pose, wide legged forward bend, yogic squat, pigeon pose.

Sagittarius
Hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve.
Triangle pose, dancer pose, pyramid pose, lizard pose.

Capricorn
Knees, joints, skeletal system.
Hero’s pose, Sage Marichi’s pose, lotus pose, cowherd pose, wheel pose, bridge pose.

Aquarius
Ankles, circulatory system.
Eagle pose, forward fold, hero’s pose with toes tucked under, monkey pose.

Pisces
Feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue.
Fish pose, boat pose, mountain pose, reverse plank pose, cobbler pose, corpse pose.

Namaste Yogis!

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I’ve never really tried gymnastics and I’ve never danced, so flexibility has never been quite easy for me. Before Yoga, there was a time when I couldn’t even touch my toes in a forward fold, and the monkey split wasn’t even achievable. However throughout my years practice, my flexibility started to improve, but I wanted it to go further.

 

My friend suggested attending Limber class with her one evening, and after understanding what that entailed, I thought I’d give it a go.

 

The session started with a cardio based warm up which then moved on to intense stretches. I say intense because I was pushed to my very limit, and was made to stay in position for approximately eight breaths.

 

The main part of the class consisted of this:

1)    Cobblers pose (Baddha Konasana)

2)    Forward fold (Uttanasana) aiming to get your head between your legs (something that did not happen FYI)

3)    Seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana )

4)    Reclining splits (Supta Padangusthasana)

5)    Monkey splits (Hanumanasana)

6)    Deep straddle splits

Personally for me, where certain poses such as the monkey splits seem relatively ‘easy’, some were more challenging. The best thing about Limber class was that it taught me to remember to breath deeper into the poses no matter how much I was struggling. I think I’m getting closer to those inversions – sort of.  

(Photos taken from Google/Kino Macgregor)