Calling all mermaids: Just in time for Pisces season and a healing cosmic cycle, we’re thrilled to bring you our latest installment of zodiac-themed yoga poses by Andrea Rice, a harmonious Libra and yoga teacher, and Astrostyle’s own Managing Editor. For each astrological season, Andrea will share her favorite planetary poses tailored to the traits of the corresponding star sign. By embodying astrology and asana, you can move more in tune to the natural rhythms of life; enhancing your perceptions and elevating your spirit. Namaste! –Tali & Ophi
Pisces season invites us to dive into the depths of our emotions in an effort to process and heal. As a mystical water sign symbolized by the Fish, dreamy Pisces prompts deep introspection and can signify closure, that we may reemerge anew come the spring awakening of Aries season.
Much like the zodiac wheel, our bodies are always shifting, progressing and changing form. From the “birth” of Aries season to the “death” of Pisces, we too are experiencing a continuous life cycle. In other words, we cannot be born again until the outmoded parts of ourselves are released. It is only when we stop spinning our wheels and actually witness our patterns that we can actually become aware enough to break free from them.
Picture yourself like a spiraling galaxy, where at your galactic core is your light, your source, your divinity. It is by moving into that very center of serenity that change and growth can occur. It is where yoga begins. Astrology is a wonderful complement to yoga asana, as both disciplines require self-study. And since the purpose of yoga is to stabilize the fluctuations of the mind, we can more readily look to astrological insight from a place of clearer perspective with acceptance and without any judgment. In other words: Free your mind—and the rest will follow.
Each year during Pisces season we are reminded that we cannot be born again come spring—the renewal of Aries season—until a part of us falls away or dies. And so when something in our lives is no longer working, we have a responsibility to change it; to let it die—to clear space for what is yet to come. It is though both the past and the future must experience a metaphorical death in order for us to relearn how to live in the present. There must be detachment. Presence is our practice; and acceptance of who and what we truly are is how we begin to rewrite our stories and free ourselves from our limiting beliefs of what we think we know.
We all hold certain beliefs about ourselves that we believe to be true, whether they are good or bad in nature. When it comes to our abilities—whether mental or physical—we tend to cling to those beliefs because we are inherently afraid of the unknown. We are in essence, afraid to “die”—or there is a part of the ego that is afraid to die. By looking to our yoga practice, we can illuminate the shadows which show us the certain outmoded thoughts, beliefs and behavioral patterns we may be addicted to upholding on some level—even though they are no longer working or are detrimental to our progress.
As the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac, Pisces is governed by mystical Neptune, god of the seas and ruler of the subconscious and closure. As the energy of rebel-rouser Aquarius season fades into the rearview, Pisces season shifts our focus internally, as we dive into the depths toward deep healing and release. Ethereal Pisces is a mutable water sign, reminding us that as we prepare for another change in season, another completion of the proverbial circle of life, that all good things must come to an end, one way or another.
Planetary Poses for Pisces Season (February 18-March 20)
Symbolized by the two Fish swimming in opposite directions, but forever bound by a cord, Pisces rules the feet in the body. The following short yoga sequence is designed to strengthen and stretch the feet to cultivate more stability, agility and focus, and also to open the heart to embody the compassionate qualities of Pisces. After the Sun’s stint in future-forward Aquarius, empathic Pisces invites us to turn inward—to let go. For musical inspiration, I recommend “Present Tense” from Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool to accompany your introspection during this cycle of healing and surrender.
Under the Sea; Dance with Me: Standing Mermaid Pose to Dancer’s Pose
Begin standing tall in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and shift your weight into one foot. Inhale to lift the opposite knee to 90 degrees; pause and stabilize. Begin to swing that foot back and catch it in your hand as you slide it into the inside of the elbow. Optional: take the opposite hand behind the back of your head to bind with the other, reaching for the fingertips, to enter a standing Mermaid posture. Breathe and smile, and then gently release the foot from the elbow. Maintaining your balance, send the foot behind you a little further to re-grab the inside of it with your hand to enter Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana). Pause here for a few breaths, then gently release the foot, swinging it in front of you again to 90 degrees, and then lower it down to meet the other. To give the feet a bit more strengthening and stretching, inhale the arms overhead and lift to the balls of the feet. Exhale to sit low on your heels, keeping the balls of the feet lifted. Inhale back to stand and then switch sides.
Video courtesy of Beth Kessler Photography
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