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March 22, 2007

Yoga by the Elements: Water

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Water Signs would seem to take most naturally to the overall philosophy of yoga. With your introspective bent and openness to the more subconscious realms of human experience, yoga's meditative qualities probably appeal more to you than do its physical benefits. You Cancers, Scorpios and Pisceans might even opt to explore the more spiritual -- non-physical -- yogic practices like Tantra or Karma Yoga. If you would like to increase your flexibility and strength, though, Ananda or Anusara Yoga could work for you.

The practice of Ananda Yoga strives for stillness and for harmony between the energies of your body and mind. The chakras play a role in Ananda, too, as do unspoken affirmations. Ananda's purpose is to stir you metaphysically, to awaken to experience that is both controlled and harmonious. The workout itself is more internal than it is aerobic -- perfect for reticent Water Signs.

Anusara literally means 'flowing with grace' or, more simply, 'following your heart'. It's a sensitive and holistic approach to mental and physical self-awareness. It's based on the notion that we gain strength and insight by opening our hearts and accepting the world -- and ourselves -- the way we are. Very respectful of individual skill levels and pace, Anusara yoga is more lighthearted than some other disciplines, emphasizing play and creativity. Each action is seen as an artistic expression.

Famous Water Sign Yoga Enthusiast: Tobey Maguire

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