The planets have a connection to our chakra system, which govern our behaviors, organs, and overall mental and physical health. Even if planets are said to have challenges in the sidereal natal chart because of house and sign placement, a daily yoga practice and healthy diet can improve the imbalances.
The chart below is not exhaustive, but a beginning to balancing mind and body. If a yoga pose is difficult, please do not force yourself into it. Use the diet and/or breathing techniques to balance.
|Planet||Imbalances||Ways to Balance|
|Sun||Cowardly, arrogant, acting/ feeling entitled, hiding, lack of creative expression||Reduce salt intake, Sun Salutation, Breath of fire|
|Moon||Insensitive, overly sensitive, irrational, over-protective, withdrawn/ isolated||Reduce added sugars, Meditation, Breath of fire|
|Mercury||Ignorant, nosy, gossipy, anti-social||Eating cooked dark green vegetables, Alternate nostril breathing, Breath of fire|
|Venus||Unloving/ unlovable, greedy, stingy, sense of worthlessness, addictions (drugs, alcohol)||Avoid cold foods (like icy drinks), Reduce added sugars, Bow pose, Plow pose, Seated forward fold|
|Mars||Angry, passive-aggressive, unfocused/ unmotivated, lack of energy||Cooling (Taco) breath, Lotus pose, Butterfly pose, Peacock pose|
|Jupiter||Anxiety, religious intolerance/ extremist, lack of adventure/ humor/ faith||Sun Salutation, Shoulder stand, Breath of fire, Ujjayi (Ocean) breathing|
|Saturn||Impatient, unstructured, inhumane, stuck in an unhealthy routine/ relationship||Reduce or eliminate oily/ deep fried food, Increase water intake, Breath of fire, Alternate nostril breathing, Cooling (Taco) breath, Bee breath|
|Rahu/ North Node||Overzealous/ greedy about aspects of the material world, e.g., money, food, possessions, power, success||Alternate nostril breathing, Bee breath, Breath of fire|
|Ketu/ South Node||Not letting go of old behaviors and habits, refusing to devote to something/ someone healthy, clinging to the past||Alternate nostril breathing, Breath of fire, Headstand|
A good foundation can include alternate nostril breathing, Sun Salutation, and meditation. Adding the additional poses, breathing techniques, and changes to diet create a more wholistic practice.
Click here for a 1-hour yoga practice, on YouTube, that includes Ujjayi breathing, standing and sitting poses (most from above), and relaxation.