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Look to your star sign to discover the meditation techniques that best suit you
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
Knowledgable, playful and spontaneous, Sagittarians are also free spirits.
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.
Capricorns are ambitious and serious when it comes to their responsibilities and will seek out a practice that supports their goals.
‘A transcendental meditation, teacher-led practice, which is evidenced and exclusive will help quiet their striving nature, creating space for meaningful transformation,’ says Louisa.
Aquarians love a challenge and expanding their awareness.
Hypnotic meditation, which combines yoga, is ideal.
‘This style of meditation helps to reprogram their thoughts and mind,’ says Louisa.
This sign flits between reality and fantasy and its dreamlike personality has a remarkably emotional mind.
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.