Monday, April 27, 2020

Top 4 Yoga Poses for Taurus

What better way to wrap up the month of April, following Earth Day, than with the best yoga poses to help celebrate Taurus - one of the earth signs.

If you were born between the dates of April 21st - May 21st then you fall into the 2nd sign of the zodiac. After Aries (fire) blazed their way through to open up the zodiac cycle, Taurus comes after and replants the seeds to start new growth.

Similar to the other earth signs - Virgo and Capricorn - Taurinians are very grounded people. Like the bull that represents them, they are strong, focused, and often very stubborn!

If you can imagine trying to push a bull to get it moving or trying to tip it over you'll see how tough it can be to change a Taurus. They know who they are and they see no reason to make any kind of adjustments. If something is made up in their mind, don't even try to change it because a Taurus mind is set in place.

Though many will first think stubbornness when they think of a Taurus they also are very sensitive and loving people. They have very nice tastes and enjoy the "finer things" and will love to share these with those they are close with.

If you are looking for a foodie buddy then definitely seek out a Taurus, because they love to indulge and will know all the best restaurants and cafes to check out. They seek high quality in things and relationships and if they are not at all fulfilled by what's offered to them they are quick to decide when it's not worth their time.

For my earthy-friends out there, here are my Top 4 Yoga Poses for Taurus.

Tadasana - Mountain Pose

One of the most grounding poses available to us in the Asana practice - in my opinion - is Tadasana. With feet planted firmly on the earth drawing energy up all the way through to the crown, you become completely unmoveable, just like how mountains can't be moved. When you need to catch your bearings, or you're feeling a bit off coming into Tadasana can help to stabilize you and bring you back to the present. 

Taurinians like routine, and prefer when things happen in order, remember, they are not big on change. Tadasana finds its way into many yoga sequences - such as sun salutations - so a Taurus will feel comfortable coming back to this stable position as they flow through sequences that feel natural and comfortable to them.

Virabhadrasana III - Warrior 3

Taurinians really like stability and are great at cherishing what they have at any given moment. They are very accepting people and always have a clear sense of direction. For these reasons, I selected Warrior 3 for Taurus.  This one-legged standing posture may intentionally throw them off balance a little bit to help them practice coming back to stability. 

Balancing postures are also great reminders to be accepting of yourself and be grateful for where you are today. Taurus does this naturally already so they should be able to feel this as they accept themselves in this posture. Full body awareness is needed in this pose as it can often be easy to try to push it into "looking a certain way" out of ego, rather than what feels right for the body.

Garudasana - Eagle Pose

Another balancing posture here for you Taurus. Sometimes they can be so fixed in their ways, so unmovable, so set in place that throwing them off balance can do them some good. Though I think we focused enough on throwing them off balance in Virabhadrasana III so here we'll focus more on just the Eagle Arms.

Like a bull with broad, strong shoulders, the Taurus carries a lot on theirs. Sometimes the Taurus can be carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and no one would ever know because they'd never say anything. They're the suffer-in-silence type and will take on whatever life gives them. 

Though, they can only do this for so long. The Taurus does have a tipping point, and once they've decided they have been carrying enough they turn into a raging bull in a china shop and pretty much destroy everything in their path. 

Eagle arms are great at opening up the shoulders and stretching the upper back body. This can help to release a lot of tension for things they may be carrying around with them and lighten their load a bit.

Supta Baddha Konasana - Reclined Cobblers Pose

Support. All a Taurus wants is to be supported and feel comfortable. Here we have Supta Baddha Konasana which is an ultra-relaxing pose and a passive hip opener but we've even stepped it up a notch by adding in blocks and pillows to make it super supportive. 

This is a pose a Taurus will really be able to appreciate, and I imagine they'd have no problem spending quite a bit of time here feeling the Earth beneath them. They'll enjoy the relaxation as they begin thinking of what's to come. They have a clear sense of direction and always have a tendency to make very calculated decisions. 

After doing the prior two poses, Virabhadrasana III and Garudasana where things weren't so simple, easy and grounded, they can come into this pose to become centered and focused before heading back out to the world. 

Happy Birthday Taurus Friends! 

I hope you find that these poses challenge you in a way and push you outside of your comfort zone, but also center you and stabilize you as well. Thank you for what you bring to this world and for giving us all a shoulder to lean on. Happy Taurus Month!

Take care, my friends - Namaste

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