According to astrology, Leo is a fixed fire sign and physically governs the heart and spine. Leos are the royalty of the zodiac. They are dignified and loyal leaders who are eager to help in their playful and warmhearted manner.
The fixed quality of Leos often causes them to overdo things, which may create stubbornness, aggression, and over-assertiveness. In the body, this may result in spine stiffness and heart conditions.
Yoga is extremely beneficial for Leos as it improves spine flexibility, de-stresses, and opens their big lion hearts. Our 10-minute yoga sequence for Leos includes intentions to encourage our lion friends to have fun and play!
Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
Intention: As a Leo, you love a challenge, so sink your front thigh down toward being as parallel to the ground as possible. Feel the peaceful warrior in you, open your heart, smile, and have fun.
How To: Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, take a large step backward with your right leg. Position your right foot so that your toes point toward the top right corner of your yoga mat. Bend your left leg so your left knee aligns directly over your left ankle. Bring your arms toward the ceiling with your shoulders reaching away from your ears. Open your heart toward the sky as you enjoy a slight backbend. On your fifth inhale, step your right leg forward. Repeat on the other side.
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Intention: In order to be a true leader, you must learn to know when to gracefully bow. Bow to yourself, the divinity in you, and the whole world. Be noble and feel majestic.
How To: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, and bend forward from your waist. Bend your knees until most of the sensation is in the backs of your legs. Enjoy for 5 to 8 long breaths, allowing your muscles to relax with every exhale.
Lion’s Pose (Simhasana)
Intention: Of course a Leo must do lion’s pose! Roar away your stress, anger, frustration, and negativity. Let it go.
How To: Position yourself in tabletop pose with hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Take 3 rounds of cat/cow: Inhale your spine to round like a scared cat, then exhale to arch your back into a backbend. On your 4th exhale, open your mouth, stick out your tongue, and roar loudly like a lion. Inhale deeply and have fun repeating 2 more times.
Reclining Hero’s Pose (Supta Virasana)
Intention: Accomplishing this pose requires a heroic amount of practice. Enjoy the experience of heart-opening, grounding, and deep relaxation as you sink deeper with time.
How To: Reclining hero’s pose is a challenging asana, so make sure you practice the proper modification for your body. Hero’s pose is traditionally performed with knees together and feet apart—wide enough for you to sit between them. If you cannot sit between your feet, sit on a blanket, block, bench, or another elevated object. From here, walk your hands back as you begin to lower your back toward the ground. Go as far as is comfortable. If your back rests flat on your yoga mat, bring your arms overhead. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths.
Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
Intention: Leos love playing, so have fun rolling up and down and left and right, and challenging yourself for long, deep holds of this pose.
How To: Lie on your stomach, bend your knees so your feet point toward the ceiling, and reach your hands back to hold the outside of your ankles, thumbs pointing down. On an exhale, press your hands into your feet as you kick your feet into your hands—you’ll feel your legs and chest lift off the ground. Retain this position for 3 to 5 breaths, rest flat on the ground for 2 breaths, and repeat this cycle 2 more times.
Supine Twist (Supta Jathara Parivartanasana)
Intention: A relaxing full spinal twist and heart opener is a great conclusion to this practice. Bring your attention to your breathing and feel all your worries and problems melt away.
How To: Lie flat on your back with your knees together and pulled in toward your chest, arms outstretched to a T. Keeping both shoulders on the ground, relax both knees toward the left side. Turn your head to look toward your right hand. You can go deeper by gently pressing your left arm down on top of your right thigh. After 8 long breaths, bring your knees back into your chest and repeat on the other side.