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.