Find your balance through every zodiac season with our Astrology & Asanas series by yoga instructor, Astrostyle editor (and harmonious Libra) Andrea Rice. Follow along with these postures to connect to the natural rhythms of life, enhance perceptivity and elevate your spirit.
Take bold risks and speak your truth during live-out-loud Sagittarius season. These Sagittarius season yoga poses help you channel the adventurous spirit of the Archer. Draw back your bow and expand your perspective!
The following Sagittarius season yoga poses are designed to stabilize the hips (which are ruled by Sagittarius) in an effort to practice more challenging postures that can steer you outside of your comfort zone. After the Sun’s alchemical cycle through transformative Scorpio, Sagittarius season invites you to rise from the ashes with your new vision in mind, and move boldly in pursuit of your wildest dreams.
For musical inspiration, I recommend the high-minded optimism of Alice Coltrane’s “Transcendence,” to elevate your consciousness and channel your inner philosopher.
By embodying the courage and wit of the brave Archer, you can transmute the outspoken qualities of horizon-broadening Sagittarius into tangible form. As a passionate fire sign and an adaptable mutable sign, optimistic Sagittarius is also known for high-minded wisdom and as the bearer of good fortune. Ruled by abundant Jupiter, Sagittarius energy is boundless, but reminds you to take a chance on life and trust in yourself. These Sagittarius season yoga poses embody all this zodiac sign represents.
Sagittarius Season Yoga Poses to Try
The Trailblazer: Pyramid Post “Pumps” (Parsvottanasana)
This grounding, hip stabilizing posture lengthens the hamstrings while providing a rooting foundation through the soles of the feet. From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot in between your hands, closer to your right hand and anchor the left foot behind you, turning the toes toward the front left edge of your mat. As you begin to straighten through the front leg, send the right hip crease back to stabilize the hips. Inhale to look forward and create more space; exhale to fold forward and in, letting the head go. Repeat a more few times with the breath—lifting and lowering—and creating more length which every inhale; more softening and surrender with each exhale. Switch sides.
The Vision Quest: Side Plant (Vasithasana) Series to Monkey Post (Hanumanasana)
This choose-your-own-adventure series ranges from beginner level to more advanced, so try to remember that this is “practice” and not perfection. In other words, know when to back off and rest, and acknowledge when it’s time to move forward and expand. From Downward Dog, step your right foot forward in between your hands, closer to your right foot and keep the back heel lifted. Inhale to sweep the right hand up as you anchor your left palm down. To continue into a modified Side Plank, heel-toe the right foot to the right, so that all five toes are turned to the right and the foot is stacked and stabilized directly underneath the knee joint. Simultaneously, spiral the inner thighs toward one another and find the outer blade of the back foot, as you continue to reach the right hand toward the sky, keeping the hips lifted and left shoulder stabilized over the left palm.
For Side Plank B, grab hold of the right big toe with the two peace fingers of your right hand. Inhale to pick the foot up and pause—and then, you can either exhale to rotate the hips and extend the foot skyward or simply put the foot back down and practice little lifts. From Side Plank B, keep holding onto the big toe and extend the heel out in front of you as you slowly lower (with control!) and square the hips, entering your expression of full Monkey Pose (Hanumanasana aka “the splits”). I recommend placing hands on blocks here, or bending the back knee to 90 degrees for a half Monkey Pose variation. Repeat the sequence to suit your abilities on the left side.
The Awakening: Handstand Hops (Adho Much Vrsksasana)
Remember, yogis: this is practice. The point is not to do a Handstand on the first try or even the thousandth try—the purpose is to simply enjoy the journey that may one day lead you there. From Downward Dog, step your right foot halfway up your mat and shift your weight forward so that your shoulders stack and stabilize over your wrists. Extend the left foot toward the heavens, like an antenna, and know that it is lifted this way as a guide rather than generating any sort of momentum. Lift to the ball of your right foot and bend through the right knee. This is where your power comes from. Begin taking little hops here, and don’t overdo it. Rest in Child’s Pose after a few tries and then, if at first you don’t succeed, then give it another go! Eventually, the right leg will extend overhead to meet the left as the shoulders stay stacked over wrists, with hips over shoulders and feet over hips. Rest again, and then repeat on the left side. Onward and upward!
Photos courtesy of Beth Kessler
Andrea Rice is a writer, author, movement and meditation teacher, and yoga festival presenter. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, The Wanderlust Journal, mindbodygreen, SONIMA, and Astrostyle, among other publications. She has been teaching yoga since 2010, first in Brooklyn and Manhattan and now Raleigh, NC, where she currently resides. She is currently co-authoring a book about the application of seasonal rhythms and yoga philosophy to modern life which will be published in early 2020. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up for her quarterly newsletter on her website: www.andreariceyoga.com.