Cancer – openheartedness
When the sun is in Cancer, the moon will be in the opposite sign – Capricorn. It is therefor beneficial both to focus on your chest/breasts (Cancer) and your knees (Capricorn).
Cancer is the season of the crab, and even though she may have a protective shell, she’s soft and sweet as honey on the inside. Cancer is connected to our chest/breasts, and to focus on those vulnerable, heart opening back bends, is perfect for everyone during Cancer season.
Ustrasana/Camel Pose: Ustrasana is an intermediate level back-bending yoga posture known to open the heart chakra, and adds flexibility and strength to the body.
Bridge pose and/or Upward bow (wheel) pose: You could do the bridge pose supported with a block (nurturing/Cancer) and/or by placing one and one ankle to knee (Capricorn), breathing five breaths on each side.
Chandrasana/Cresent/Lounge: Named after the moon (Cancers ruling planet) – Chandra meaning moon in Sanskrit – chandrasana is perfect for Cancer season. Focus on rolling the shoulders back and down, lifting the heart and chest (Cancer) and bending the front knee to a 90 degree angle, while straightening the back leg, lifting the knee and kneecap, really activating that back leg and knee (Capricorn).
Arda Chandrasana: Balancing on one foot, rotate your upper torso back, but keep the lower hip moving slightly forward. Most beginners should keep the left hand on the left hip and the head in a neutral position, gazing forward. For a deeper back-bend (if available for you) grab your ankle, pushing your foot back into your hand as you simultaneously push your hips, heart and upper body forward, opening your chest and heart.
Mantra of the month
“I have a strong and protected, happy heart”
Additional Wellness Tip
Cancer season is the perfect time nurture yourself and your body. I absolutely love massages, so that will be my additional wellness tip. Massages feels nurturing and it being Cancer month that is focused on the chest and breasts I will recommend an ayurvedic massage where they use nurturing oils and also massage your breasts.
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