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The Sun and Yoga: How Your Sun Can Influence Your Practice

When the sun is in your house, your yoga is affected. Knowing how the sun impacts your yoga is a powerful way to change your practice.

Do you read your horoscope?

For some, it is a part of their daily ritual; for others, they think it’s a little woo-woo. Often, you will read your horoscope for your Sun sign.

That means the Zodiac sign that is associated with the Sun the day you were born. You can read if both for your Sun sign and your rising sign. In astrology, there are three major influences in your natal chart: Sun, Moon, and Rising sign.

Having your exact birth time will provide precise accuracy in determining these three placements along with your house system. 

Your Sun Sign & Your Yoga Practice

The Sun is the giver of life and in Western astrology it represents your conscious mind, whereas the moon is our subconscious mind.

It helps you understand your life-giving energy, your will to live, and the creative life force within.

It is your “Ego” and holds all parts good and bad of your identity and what you strive to be.

As you age, it becomes more significant in your life acting like the adult aspect of your chart that reasons and makes decisions.

When you study your Sun Sign in astrology combined with your yoga practice, you bring in a certain aspect of self-realization.

It is a journey of finding your purpose and learning who you are.

Knowing Your Sun is Knowing Your True Self 

In yoga, the Sun is called Surya and is considered one of the primary forms of God.

Surya is the heart of the world as all other planets revolve around it, it represents willpower, vitality, and courage in your life.

These traits do not come easily to you, as they must be learned as you traverse the cycles of your life.

The Sun is your literal heartbeat as it rules over your heart AND gives you courage ruling over your spine.

Since ancient times, yogis have worshipped and worked with the unique power and force of the Sun – through breathwork like Surya Bhedana Sun Piercing Breath, through asana like Surya Namaskar, and through mantra like Om Suryaya Namaha which can be combined with the Sun Salutations for an even more powerful experience. 

The Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura holds the energy of your personal Sun and is where your self-confidence is born. Working with this chakra can provide greater insight into self-motivation and your sense of purpose. 

When you are living your Sun, you are purposeful, directed, proud, and creative. 

Studying and understanding the other 11 Zodiac Signs of the year and houses they are traveling through you can share the significant influence they have over your students and the collective.

Designing your class themes and sequence based on when the Sun moves into a new sign can have a huge influence on your student’s life, without them really knowing. This is the magic of astrology, providing you secret insight into the cycles of the human purposeful experience.

When you are living your Sun, you are purposeful, directed, proud, and creative. This impacts your yoga practice.

Your Sun's Meaning & How it Impacts Your Yoga Practice 

Let’s break down the Sun’s meaning and the house sectors to continue your astrology and yoga journey.

Incorporating the thematic archetype, qualities, and energy of each Zodiac sign will enhance your own personal practice as well as your classes. Your students will thank you for tapping into the life-giving energy that the Sun provides and remind them of the growth that is being nurtured in their lives at that time. 

Sun in Aries (March 21 to April 19)

Represents the 1st House of self-identity and is the Ram. It provides life-giving energy through courage, action, and independence. As a fire sign, it is energetic action.

Sun in Taurus (April 20 to May 20) 

Represents the 2nd House of values and self-worth and is the Bull. It provides life-giving energy through patience, values, and stability. As an earth sign, it is grounded practicality.  

Sun in Gemini (May 21 to June 20) 

Represents the 3rd House of communication and is the Twins. It provides life-giving energy through curiosity, networking, and friendship. As an air sign, it is intellectual analysis.

Sun in Cancer (June 21 to July 21) 

Represents the 4th House of home and family and is the Crab. It provides life-giving energy through nurturance, domesticity, and comfort. As a water sign, it is emotional intuitiveness. 

Sun in Leo (July 22 to August 20)

Represents the 5th House of creativity and self-expression and is the Lion. It provides life-giving energy through enthusiasm, generosity, and loyalty. As a fire sign, it is energetic action.

Sun in Virgo (August 21 to September 22) 

Represents the 6th House of service and physical health and is the Virgin. It provides life-giving energy through predictability, helpfulness, and service. As an earth sign, it is grounded in practicality.  

Sun in Libra (September 23 to October 22) 

Represents the 7th House of relationships and partnerships and is the Scales. It provides life-giving energy through harmony, balance, and justice. As an air sign, it is intellectual analysis.

Sun in Scorpio (October 23 to November 21) 

Represents the 8th House of soul transformation and intimacy and is the Scorpion. It provides life-giving energy through research, depth, and determination. As a water sign, it is emotional intuitiveness. 

Sun in Sagittarius (November 22 to December 20)

 Represents the 9th House of knowledge and philosophy and is the Archer. It provides life-giving energy through adventure, optimism, and broadmindedness. As a fire sign, it is energetic action.

Sun in Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) 

Represents the 10th House of tradition and foundations and is the Sea Goat. It provides life-giving energy through tradition, hard work, and responsibility. As an earth sign, it is grounded practicality.  

Sun in Aquarius (January 20 to February 17) 

Represents the 11th House of community and innovation and is the Water Bearer. It provides life-giving energy through independence, uniqueness, and innovation. As an air sign, it is intellectual analysis.

Sun in Pisces (February 18 to March 20) 

Represents the 12th House of unconditional love and cycle endings and is the Fish. It provides life-giving energy through compassion, sympathy, and intuition. As a water sign, it is emotional intuitiveness. 

How Knowing Your Sun Affects Your Yoga

Studying the courageous active and life-giving Sun can you help you as a yoga teacher tap into your own life’s purpose as well as your students. 

This is a magical superpower you can possess to bring knowledge, energy, and inspiration to your classes. Give your Self time, space, and grace as you start to explore the Sun in your natal chart and how it affects the collective, switching signs every month for 12 months. 

The cycles of the cosmos are innately within; rediscovering them is a coming home to your Self. I have a specially designed class series called Life Cycles Yoga that meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning online to work with the Zodiacal moon and sun energy utilizing the 8 limbs of yoga. 

Thursdays we do 27 Sun Salutations, along with our pranayama and warm up. It is distinct meditative movement that allows you to anticipate the sequence and let go of expectations.

Every Zodiac season change, students receive a personalized horoscope for the transiting Sun and Moon in their natal chart. If you are interested in this class or other offerings, please visit Life Cycles Yoga and use the 11% off coupon code BEYOGI2022 through September 21, 2022.
Sirena Dudgeon
Sirena Dudgeon
Sirena Dudgeon is an experienced yoga teacher holding certifications as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 in Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa Yoga. As the owner of Life Cycles Yoga she specializes in astrology and yoga, teaching workshops and holding training sessions at various national yoga conferences as a YACEP contributor for Yoga Alliance. Sirena recently co-authored the book Flow on the spiritual aspect of intersecting various mystical and religious beliefs. She engages in a yoga practice that goes beyond the mat and connects deeply with her students, encouraging them to embrace their own practice for where they are in their life journey.