the bodily form that comes from living in space. Jyotish, the science of astrology from ancient India, instructs us how to navigate the cycles of time we must now understand. Working together, both astrology and yoga allow us to remember our nature and return to our origin.
Yoga is the way to insure we remain healthy in body, mind, and spirit so we can successfully travel this path to enlightenment.
Yet without understanding the nature of our innate self and our soul’s purpose, the timing and type of our yoga practices may be inappropriate, and the actions we take may be ineffective.
This is the role of Astrology in the practice of Yoga. To understand our basic nature and our life purpose, to realize the gifts and challenges we bring into this journey, and to align ourselves with the cosmic cycles of time to help us move forward.
On the spiritual journey, Yoga provides the seeker with the answers to “How” and “What” while Astrology reveals “When” and “Why.”
Yoga provides the tools of asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation and teaches us how to use them. Astrology allows us to understand the karma and the dharma that brought us into this existence and how to interact with our past, present and future.
The great Yogis used astrology as a method to determine the most effective yoga practices for an individual according to their karmic conditions and how to adapt the practices to the cycles of time. Astrology provides the Yogi with a method to understand and appreciate the unique challenges and opportunities that the cycles of time bring us, as well as providing the yoga practitioner and teacher with a diagnostic tool to determine the most effective practices. More importantly, astrology can reveal the karmic issues to be addressed through the yoga practice.