Yoga is an ancient practice whose main purpose is to recreate or to strengthen the bond between one’s mind and body, inviting feelings of calmness and peace in the life of the practitioner. Yoga is suitable for everyone, regardless of job, age or sex. The variety of styles is bound to satisfy any person who wishes to “get their yoga on.” For example, one can eliminate toxins with Bikram yoga (which is practiced in a heated environment), burn some calories and get in shape with Ashtanga yoga, increase their vital force with Kundalini yoga, and gain inner calmness by doing classic Hatha poses.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Given that Aries is a Fire sign, people born under it tend to be constantly moving. This is why Power yoga (also known as Ashtanga yoga) would suit perfectly any Aries person. Combining dynamic movements in a series of flows (vinyasa series), Ashtanga yoga will ensure that you get an extremely efficient aerobic workout.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus people are made for strength, but flexibility isn’t their greatest characteristic. If you’re a Taurus, you should practice Hatha yoga, to stretch and lengthen your spine through poses like Downward-Facing Dog or Backward-Bending Camel. These poses are also known to contribute to improve circulation and to open problem areas, such as the chest and throat.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Those born under the sign of Gemini need a balanced yoga practice in order to stay centered in their bodies. Gemini people should include poses like the Plow and Half Shoulder Stand into their daily practice. These will help eliminate tension in the shoulders and improve sleep. Another pose to try is the seated forward bend which calms the mind, eliminating distraction.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
A more feminine yoga-style, such as Hatha, and poses like Cobra and the Half Moon are the best for you if you’re a Cancer. Your weakest area – the belly – may be strengthened through the practice of the Boat pose. Balancing poses – such as Dancer's Pose or the Tree – can bring you emotional stability, while improving your core strength.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Fiery and energetic, the perfect move for the Leo is the Sun Salutation. As a Leo, you should take into consideration your regal nature and, therefore, do frequently the "queen of all poses," the Shoulder Stand, and its counter-pose, the Fish. These poses will open your heart, a potential problem area for all Leos. The Lion Breath, which mimics your totem animal's fierceness, is bound to amuse you while relaxing your jaw.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Given that Virgo is an Earth Sun sign ruled by mental Mercury, people born under it focus a lot on harmonizing mind and body. Virgos should try out the Iyengar style which uses props, like harnesses and belts, that will help with stretching. The overactive nervous system of Virgo people is another aspect to keep in mind when making a choice; Virgos, take advantage of restorative poses, such as Legs-up-the-Wall and Supported Headstand.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
A sign that implies balance by default, Libra people are in their element when practicing standing poses like the Tree or the Eagle, poses that strengthen the body and improve flexibility. Another great pose is the Monkey: it equalizes the right and left sides of the body, balancing one’s masculine and feminine aspects.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Scorpio’s intense nature should be balanced out through deep breathing and the activation of the core through the practice of Kundalini yoga. Poses like the Proud Warrior and the Hero are bound to satisfy the spiritual warrior inside any Scorpio, helping in channeling their inner power. The Happy Baby pose is a very effective means of relaxing your sacral area.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
People born under this sign never say no to an adventure. Therefore, if you are a Sagittarius, you should try out Power yoga, a style which will surely accelerate your blood flow and get you sweaty. Speaking of sweat, Bikram yoga, with its 105-degree hot practice, is yet another great choice that will relax every muscle in your body.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
As a sign that focuses on structure and form, Capricorns don’t shy away from a stricter style of yoga, such as Iyengar. Capricorn people have an issue regarding spine stiffness, so moves like the Cat/Cow and the Backward-Bending Camel are perfect when it comes to keeping it limber. Considering that Capricorn people are pretty much the workaholic-type, they should relax through stress-relieving poses like Legs-up-the-Wall and Savasana.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Hatha and Kunalini yoga are both appropriate choices for Aquarius people. The former will soothe their nervous system thanks to its restorative effects, while the latter will improve and ease their breathing. Combining a backward-bending pose – for example, the Bridge – with a counter pose, like Seated Forward Bend, is a winning combo that will both calm your nervous system and rejuvenate your lower body.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Seeking peace of mind? Then Classic Hatha yoga is what you’ve actually been looking for all along. A flow series like the Sun Salutations, as well as more graceful poses – such as the Half Moon and Dancer's Pose – match your fluid nature perfectly. Breaking a sweat with Bikram yoga may be yet another practice that will slowly grow on you, becoming one of your favorites.
Hopefully, this article will help you choose the right style of yoga for you, allowing you to fully reap the benefits of this ancient practice. Get on the mat and you’ll feel like a completely different person.