Find your zo­diac zen

Look to your star sign to dis­cover the med­i­ta­tion tech­niques that best suit you

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Want to dis­cover a med­i­ta­tion tech­nique that works for you? Your star sign can hold the key to what prac­tice will best suit you

We all need time to our­selves to re­ju­ve­nate and re­con­nect with our in­ner self. Med­i­ta­tion could be just what you need to re­lax and find a sense of calm. In fact, one study found that a sin­gle ses­sion can help re­lieve anx­i­ety.

The start of a new year is a pe­riod of re­newal and re-birth, which makes it the ideal time to start such a prac­tice, tak­ing charge of your emo­tions, chan­nelling pos­i­tiv­ity, and pay­ing more at­ten­tion to your­self to help fill your life with tran­quil­lity.

But, with so many med­i­ta­tion tech­niques to choose from, where do you start?

By analysing the di­verse emo­tional and phys­i­cal traits in­her­ent and in­di­vid­ual to your star sign, you can tai­lor-make a med­i­ta­tion prac­tice to suit you.

Louisa Tan­ner Mun­son, astrologer, mind­ful­ness and hyp­nother­apy coach (feel­go­odas­trol­ogy.com), shows you how.

Aries

En­thu­si­as­tic, de­ter­mined and fiercely in­de­pen­dent, Aries ooze con­fi­dence. They like a chal­lenge and their rul­ing body parts are their head, face and eyes.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: Aries pre­fer move­ment, free­dom and some­thing that al­lows them to keep their eyes open so they feel in con­trol.

‘Qi gong taps them into the raw power of their be­ing. Gaze med­i­ta­tion, where you fo­cus in­tensely on your­self, or a naked flame, will ease them gently into a med­i­ta­tive prac­tice,’ says Louisa.

Taurus

Tau­ri­ans are grounded, prac­ti­cal, lov­ing and warm hearted. They like to feel peace­ful and nour­ished in their skin.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: ‘Tau­ri­ans like to feel rooted in their phys­i­cal body, mak­ing sit­ting med­i­ta­tions prefer­able to ac­tive, stand­ing ones. The Kir­tan med­i­ta­tion of singing sa­cred mantra is ideal. Gently re­peated words open up the chakras to help achieve bal­ance,’ ex­plains Louisa.

Gemini

So­cial but­ter­flies, Gem­i­nis are al­ways game for new ex­pe­ri­ences. They value fun bursts of ac­tiv­ity they can share with friends.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: Gem­i­nis like mix­ing, so are suited to group classes.

‘They find it hard to clear their busy minds. Ec­static dance prac­tices, where you dance freely to mu­sic, are per­fect for let­ting them lose them­selves in med­i­ta­tion,’ adds Louisa.

Cancer

Cance­ri­ans are tra­di­tional and in­tu­itively led. Cancer rules the di­aphragm, lungs and breast, ex­plain­ing their need to breathe freely and deeply.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: Med­i­ta­tions per­formed with breath­ing tech­niques, al­low Cance­ri­ans to let go of tension.

‘Guided med­i­ta­tions that tell a story in­spire the Cance­rian mind/body heal­ing re­sponse. Lov­ing kind­ness and for­give­ness med­i­ta­tions help ease their emo­tions, re­lease nar­ra­tives of suf­fer­ing and re­con­nect,’ adds Louisa.

Leo

Charis­matic, proud and dra­matic, Leos are also play­ful. They like tra­di­tion and the spo­ken word, and may pre­fer to learn from a mas­ter, and chant pu­rifi­ca­tion sounds to in­voke heal­ing.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: ‘Med­i­ta­tions which al­low them to give thanks, set in­ten­tions or make an of­fer­ing in the form of in­cense or grat­i­tude will help to open their heart and hook them into a med­i­ta­tive state,’ says Louisa.

Virgo

Vir­gos strive for per­fec­tion, and find­ing peace through med­i­ta­tion will help them feel aligned with their in­ner be­ing.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: ‘Phys­i­cal med­i­ta­tions such as qi gong and yoga are most use­ful to Vir­gos, as they help them fo­cus on the sen­sa­tions within their body, which au­to­mat­i­cally calms their mood,’ be­lieves Louisa.

Libra

Fix­ated with bal­ance and har­mony, Li­brans are also friendly and so­cia­ble. They find pur­pose in their con­nec­tions with oth­ers.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE: Con­nect­ing to the senses in a mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion class will help Li­brans achieve the bal­ance they yearn.

‘As an air sign, breath­ing med­i­ta­tion can calm the body and help elim­i­nate tox­ins. Part­ner med­i­ta­tions, such as part­ner yoga and part­ner gaz­ing dur­ing med­i­ta­tion, will help Li­brans learn about them­selves, through learn­ing about oth­ers,’ adds Louisa.

Scorpio

Scor­pios are in­cred­i­bly emo­tional, pas­sion­ate and se­cre­tive. They love to dive deep into what they de­sire and feel stirred up in their bod­ies. They fear­lessly go where oth­ers fear to tread.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE:

‘Med­i­ta­tion de­signed to awaken the Kun­dalini flow, or tantra med­i­ta­tion that will cre­ate a phys­i­cal stir­ring and open­ing of the chakras, are ideal. Their prac­tice must ‘move them’ to a new place or re­al­ity,’ con­tin­ues Louisa.

Sagittarius

Knowl­edgable, play­ful and spon­ta­neous, Sagit­tar­i­ans are also free spir­its.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE:

Sagit­tar­i­ans dream big and em­brace the mo­ment.

‘Law of at­trac­tion-based med­i­ta­tions will stim­u­late big­ger and brighter dreams for those un­der this sign. They are also the most likely to fol­low the teach­ings of a guru be­cause they like to ex­pe­ri­ence con­scious­ness within dif­fer­ent cul­tures,’ says Louisa.

Capricorn

Capri­corns are am­bi­tious and se­ri­ous when it comes to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and will seek out a prac­tice that sup­ports their goals.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE:

‘A tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion, teacher-led prac­tice, which is ev­i­denced and ex­clu­sive will help quiet their striv­ing na­ture, cre­at­ing space for mean­ing­ful trans­for­ma­tion,’ says Louisa.

Aquarius

Aquar­i­ans love a chal­lenge and ex­pand­ing their aware­ness.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE:

Hyp­notic med­i­ta­tion, which com­bines yoga, is ideal.

‘This style of med­i­ta­tion helps to re­pro­gram their thoughts and mind,’ says Louisa.

Pisces

This sign flits be­tween re­al­ity and fan­tasy and its dream­like per­son­al­ity has a re­mark­ably emo­tional mind.

PER­FECT PRAC­TICE:

Learn­ing to har­ness di­vine en­ergy is im­por­tant.

‘They pre­fer the least struc­tured of all prac­tices, where they can have ul­ti­mate free­dom to ex­plore their vast psy­chic imag­i­na­tion. Japa and prayer-based med­i­ta­tion opens the heart and in­tu­ition,’ ex­plains Louisa.

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