Over 20 million Americans now practice yoga. The ancient art that unites mind and body offers something for everyone. You can sweat out toxins at 105 degrees with hot yoga, get your cardio pumping with aerobic Ashtanga, raise your vital forces with Kundalini Yoga, or gain serenity through classic Hatha poses.
With all the choices available, how do you know where to start? Astrology can reveal which style best suits your emotional and physical temperament -- and which poses will strengthen your weakest areas. Consult your Sun sign (and Rising sign if you know it) to reveal what's right for YOU!
Aries yoga poses
As a Fire sign, Aries, you're always in motion ... until you collapse! Aerobic Power Yoga (the Ashtanga style), with its constantly flowing vinyasa series of movements, would suit you perfectly. Specifically, forward bends and headstands act to reverse the flow of blood in your body, relieving your tendency toward headaches.
Taurus yoga poses
You're built for strength, Taurus, but not necessarily for flexibility. Classic Hatha yoga poses that lengthen and stretch your spine, such as the Downward-Facing Dog or the back-bending Camel, would help you become more limber. Plus, they'll also create more blood flow and openness in your problem areas, the chest and throat.
Gemini yoga poses
You Twins live a life of the mind and need a steady yoga practice to stay centered in your body. Try poses like the Plow and the Half Shoulder Stand to loosen your shoulders (where you carry your tension) and help you sleep. You can also calm your distracted mind with seated forward bends. Try practicing on the grass to ground yourself.
Cancer yoga poses
Go with Hatha-style moves like the Half Moon and the Cobra. Avoid stricter, more angular styles like Iyengar. Balancing poses such as the Dancer's Pose or the Tree pose help bring you emotional stability, while the Boat pose strengthen your weakest area: the belly. Doing yoga at home with a video might appeal to you homebody types.
Leo yoga poses
Your task in life, Leo, is to let your light shine. The Sun Salutation pose is perfect for you. Your regal nature would also love the "queen of all poses," the Shoulder Stand, and its counter pose, the Fish, which opens the heart -- your potential problem area. You'd find the Lion, which mimics your totem animal's fierceness, both amusing and relaxing.
Virgo yoga poses
An Earth sign ruled by mental Mercury, you're all about harmonizing body and mind. Try the precise movements of the Iyengar style; its use of props like belts and harnesses will stretch you to the limit. And, with your overactive nervous system, be sure to take advantage of restorative poses like Legs-Up-the-Wall and the Supported Headstand.
Libra yoga poses
You're learning about balance this lifetime, Libra. Therefore, concentrate on standing poses like the classic Tree or the Eagle, an odd-looking pretzel twist of arms and legs that brings strength and flexibility. The Monkey, which equalizes the right and left sides of the body, would help you balance your masculine and feminine aspects.
Scorpio yoga poses
Your intense nature would be attracted to the deep breathing and core activation of Kundalini Yoga. Hatha strength poses like the Proud Warrior and the Hero would appeal to the spiritual warrior in you, as well as help you channel your inner power. Additionally, the Happy Baby pose, which consists of holding your feet while lying on your back, will relax your sacral area.
Sagittarius yoga poses
Always up for an adventure, Sagittarius, you would appreciate a lively brand of Power Yoga -- these days often set to a throbbing beat. You might also enjoy sweating through the 105-degree intensity of hot yoga, said to relax every muscle in the body. Your thighs, in particular, are tight. Doing the Pigeon or Lotus poses regularly will loosen them up.
Capricorn yoga poses
You like form and structure, Capricorn, so you'd appreciate a stricter style of yoga, like Iyengar. Your spine tends toward stiffness, so work on moves like the Cat-Cow and the Camel to keep it limber. A bit of a workaholic, you need to let go of stress through pure relaxation poses like Legs-Up-the-Wall and the Corpse.
Aquarius yoga poses
Your high-strung nervous system would really benefit from the restorative effects of Hatha yoga. And, Kundalini-style yoga would help your breathing. A backward-bending Bridge pose paired with a counter pose like the Seated Forward Bend will calm your brain and rejuvenate your legs and ankles -- your weak points.
Pisces yoga poses
Classic Hatha yoga will give you the peace of mind you seek, Pisces. A flow series like the Sun Salutations, incorporating graceful moves like the Half Moon and the Dancer's Pose, would appeal to your fluid nature. And, you might enjoy sweating to hot yoga. If practiced in water, your namesake, the Fish pose, enables you to float.