We’re now a week into the Sun’s annual sojourn through the sign of Aquarius. My guess is that many of us felt the shift because it started with last week’s Super Blood Moon Eclipse!
During each astrological season we feel the energies of the associated sign. Much of this happens on a mental level, but it can be physical too. For example, Aquarius is an air sign, and this time of year can be all about big ideas, thinking outside the box, and being radical in your pursuit of solutions to problems. Aquarians are inventive and they march to the beat of their own drum, but they are also big networkers and can do great collaborative work with others if given enough freedom.
In addition to that, the sign of Aquarius rules the ankles, calves, and the circulatory system in the physical body. Over the next several weeks, we may experience either a strengthening of this area, or we may see an exacerbation of existing problems. We might be more prone to water retention or swelling in the lower legs. Or, we might see ankle issues flare up.
Yoga can be used as a tool that helps us work with, instead of against, the energies of each season. Specific asanas (poses) are connected to each sign of the zodiac and can help us strengthen and protect the corresponding areas of our bodies.
Here are 2 poses that help support us during Aquarius season:
Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
This active asana is a great way to build strength and stability in the ankle joints. It also supports the circulatory system! When a student moves into in this pose, they are actively engaging all muscles toward the midline of the body, slightly restricting blood flow to certain areas. When the pose is unwound, fresh blood and oxygen can travel to the muscles and provide nourishment.
Watch this short video clip about getting into and out of eagle pose:
Legs up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
This restorative pose helps take the weight off our ankles and reverse the flow of blood in the lower half of the body. It’s also great for helping to ease water retention in the lower legs. It is an energy balancing pose, meaning that if one is feeling drained it can strengthen you, and if you are feeling overstimulated, it can calm you. It is a great way to help us “turn on” the parasympathetic nervous system and give our minds and bodies a break.
Watch this short video clip about getting into and out of legs up the wall pose: