Astrology, a Diagnostic Tool for Yoga Therapy

The ancient definition of therapy was “one who ministers’ or heals. Yoga Therapy re-organizes an individual’s perspective to bring balance and attention to the whole by including the causal & subtle bodies in its methodology. The whole, however, also includes the cosmic environment as referenced in many of the yogic scriptures. Astrology is unparalleled as a tool for understanding cosmic forces. Adding simple astrological techniques can enhance abilities and help address the most pronounced energetic blockages.

The first challenge in writing about the integration of these two different paths is finding a working definition of both yoga & astrology that supports the intention of yoga therapy.

The yoga part is fairly easy. Even the minimal amount of research will teach you that yoga is more than just the physical postures (asana’s). There are many different ways to practice yoga and we don’t always have to use our bodies to reach the enlightened state that yoga promises. However, when we begin to talk about yoga therapy, we probably are going to use our bodies in some way. As one of my teachers would explain, it’s important to generate some strong sensations in the body so that we can then observe our own reactions and responses to that bodily ‘stress’ in the moment. It’s about practicing svadaya, or self-study without judgment, with the ultimate purpose towards creating unity of body/mind/spirit.

Astrology, alas, can not be defined as succinctly. At least, not by me but I’ll give it a try. Astrology cultivates a perspective on life that connects the movements of the cosmos to activity on earth. Cause & effect is irrelevant. It’s finding the synchronicities and connecting the dots from out there to in here. That’s where the substance is. Once one recognizes “as above, so below” and experiences the magic of that statement then astrology reveals itself. There are gazillions of methodologies, techniques and systems to put this essential truth into practical practice. A teacher is mandatory. One needs to receive guidance before one can act as a guide to others. Yoga and astrology have a lot in common.

I’ve set up another blog site to collect my experiences, insights, and recommendations on astrology and yoga therapy here. Check it out.

7 thoughts on “Astrology, a Diagnostic Tool for Yoga Therapy

  1. One afternoon, I was in the backyard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. But when I walked into the house, he followed me, sauntered down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back. He resumed his position in the hallway and slept for an hour.
    This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap. ”
    The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with ten children – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.”

    I cried from laughter
    Sorry, if not left a message on Rules.

  2. janine….hmmmm, i would prefer to create a thought that says “may i go with the flow, no matter where it leads me…..” that might be marketing-type of activities…..or simply educating the public to what is available. the word Service comes to mind……..

    thanks for your comment.

  3. I read rather quickly your Hiding in the closet…Just for your info, I have developped a work for the past 17 years called Soul Surrender which take YOU to whatever needs to be healed…not somebody else doing it for you…My web is still very much under construction (I have never been able to go with the marketing flow…but trying a bit!)…Blessings to you…

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