Sections of this text seem in The Yoga Almanac: 52 Practices and Rituals to Stay Grounded Through the Astrological Seasons, March 2020, New Harbinger Publications. Reprinted with permission: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. © 2020 Lisette Cheresson & Andrea Rice.
It’s springtime right here within the Northern Hemisphere, and we’re deep into Taurus season. Taurus season encompasses the pagan vacation of Beltane (Could Day), the midway mark between the spring equinox and the summer time solstice. As such, this time of yr is really a bridge from the frenetic power of the equinox—a time for setting intentions—and the blossoming of the summer time.
Symbolized by the Bull, Taurus is related to gradual, regular, sensual power that asks us to faucet into all 5 senses. Simply because the Earth begins to awaken to its most sensual season, characterised by the moist, muddy, rooting down of spring development, so too is that this a time for us to think about simply what it means to root to rise; how we will harness the ability of the fertile soil, and to nurture the seeds we planted in Aries season from a spot of steady groundedness.
Dominated by the planet Venus, Taurus can be related to the gradual and regular pursuit of delight. With a view to faucet into true pleasure, in fact, we have to be coming from a spot of non-attachment, innate pleasure, and intentional sensuality. This might appear like slowing all the way down to savor small moments, expressing gratitude for what you’re capable of see, style, contact, and odor, and being totally and utterly current within the right here and now.
The Pursuit of Pleasure in Yogic Philosophy
In Sutra 1.5, Patanjali posits that every one ideas result in two outcomes—both ache or pleasure. In Swami Satchidananda’s translation, he means that these outcomes are decided by the intention behind the emotion; not essentially the emotion itself. With selfless intention, a adverse emotion like anger could cause pleasure (Swami Satchidananda offers the instance of a schoolteacher reprimanding youngsters, main to private development); and that an emotion typically related to pleasure, comparable to love, can result in ache if approached from a spot of selfishness (egocentric love can result in jealousy, and even loss).
As a result of the foundational philosophy of yoga is that we’re all interconnected, it goes to motive that any selfless pursuit of delight would lead to a optimistic consequence for all. However true pleasure, and true yogic residing, insists on non-attachment to the end result of any pursuit. It’s all about releasing expectation, proper intention, and grounding into the reality of our interconnectivity.
Yoga Poses for Taurus Season
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
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Tree Pose is a bodily metaphor for rooting to rise. The Buddha sat patiently beneath the Bodhi Tree to realize enlightenment. In a Hindu fable, Bhagiratha stood on one foot for a thousand years to steer the gods to permit the goddess Ganga to descend and launch the souls of his ancestors. His steadfastness introduced the River Ganges to Earth, her waters with powers to interrupt the cycle of reincarnation.
Balancing is a apply, and it might take a while exploring the sides of the ft, shifting the burden from ball mounds to heels, earlier than you acquire a way of your basis. You possibly can carry the only real of your foot above or under your knee. Have interaction your gluteal muscle mass to reinforce your stability and activate your transverse stomach muscle mass (those you are feeling if you cough). Preserve neutrality in your hips, as you carry your palms to your coronary heart or prolong your arms overhead like branches.
Tree Pose prompts the foundational seat of the basis (Muladhara) chakra. Opening the hip rouses the sacral (Svadhisthana) chakra, our heart of relationships. Tree Pose additionally awakens the photo voltaic plexus (Manipura) chakra, our self-confidence and stability.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
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Cobra Pose is a perfect substitute for Upward Dealing with Canine, and will be practiced excessive or low to the bottom relying on spinal and shoulder mobility. When you have wrist points, it’s not essential to press your palms into the ground. As a substitute, breathe into your front and back physique. As your stomach fills with air, permit that buoyancy to carry your chest and brow from the bottom as you float your palms beside you, protecting your elbows bent by your sides. You possibly can press into your pubic bone to generate spinal extension—the start of a backbend. If there may be rigidity in your decrease again, decrease down barely and interact your glutes to guard and strengthen that area.
Mendacity on the stomach prompts the basis (Muladhara) and the photo voltaic plexus (Manipura) chakra, facilities of ancestral reminiscence and private energy. Cobra’s opening throughout the chest and throat additionally stimulates the center (Anahata) and throat (Vishuddha) chakras. Taurus guidelines the throat and neck.
Seated Neck Stretch
There are 26 muscle mass within the neck that connect in and across the cervical backbone. The neck holds the burden of the pinnacle, about 10 kilos on common. Our cervical spines have a tendency to increase ahead from their regular upright and impartial place as a byproduct of the digital evolution. The “tech neck” pandemic outcomes from continuously trying down at handheld gadgets or hunched ahead in entrance of a display screen strains the encompassing muscle mass. A seated neck stretch helps counteract this stress and strengthen the area—and serves as a reminder to carry your head up excessive and be your personal guru.
From a snug supported seat and relaxed impartial backbone, carry from root to crown as you draw your ears again. Together with your chin parallel to the ground, flip your head backward and forward. Then, drop one ear towards your shoulder with out pressure after which repeat on the opposite facet. To assist loosen up the trapezius muscle, gently place the identical facet hand in your crown and tilt your chin barely upward. These slight rotation and flexion actions in your cervical backbone can help in unblocking your throat (Vishuddha) chakra.
Lisette is a author, yoga instructor, and content material director. She’s a member of the founding management group for Yoga Unify, a brand new yoga non-profit, and the co-author of The Yoga Almanac. Lisette accomplished her 200-hour coaching in Brooklyn and her Reiki attunement in India, and furthered her research with Leslie Kaminoff of the Respiratory Challenge, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Andrew Holecek. She’s additionally a Grasp Grief Coach and Demise Doula, whose work is targeted on integrating the instruments of mindfulness and asana for grief therapeutic and end-of-life nervousness. A filmmaker in a previous life, Lisette has made movies with neighborhood leaders comparable to Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, and Eoin Finn. She lives along with her husband and animals within the Hudson Valley, NY.
Andrea Rice is a author and editor protecting well being and wellness. Her work has appeared in Yoga Journal, The Wanderlust Journal, mindbodygreen, Astrostyle, SONIMA, and New York Yoga+Life. She has additionally labored as a journalist for The New York Instances and INDY Week. As a yoga instructor with a decade of expertise, Andrea accomplished her 200-hour coaching in New York, NY; and furthered her coaching with Elena Brower and Alexandria Crow. She has additionally studied astrology extensively with The AstroTwins, Ophira and Tali Edut. Andrea has supplied yoga, meditation, journaling, and creativity workshops in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York, NY; and has been a presenter at Wanderlust. She lives in Raleigh, NC, along with her husband and their cat, the place she teaches yoga at Blue Lotus and the North Carolina Museum of Artwork.