Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse With These 5 Yoga Poses

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It’s a total eclipse of the sun! Well, for some, anyway. On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse viewable in certain parts of the United States. Whether or not you’re one of the lucky Americans who get to see the moon cover the sun, take the day to set intentions and practice yoga, even for 10 minutes, to positively shift your world anew with the power of the solar eclipse.

Do your best to practice at least one day before, during or one day after the solar eclipse takes place. Step outside, place your mat on Mother Earth and stand in Tadasana — Mountain pose. Set your intention to the new moon, flow through your favorite Sun Salutation, connect with your higher self and incorporate these five poses I shot with fellow yogi Allie Michelle. And, find me on Instagram for more!

The Significance of the Solar Eclipse

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Unlike the lunar eclipse — which represents the beginning of an end — the solar eclipse invites completely new events, perspectives, people and life changes in our worlds. According to ancient wisdom, the solar eclipse will force you to face buried negative emotions to allow you to bring light into dark depths of the unconscious mind. This cosmic phenomenon is a great opportunity to set intentions to connect with your higher self, draw in greater awareness and manifest new abundance.

Kali Mudra

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Each of the following poses incorporate the Kali mudra, also known as Steeple mudra. Kali is the goddess that liberates souls and represents overcoming difficult times and destroying anything dark or evil to let light in.

HOW TO DO IT: Interlace all fingers except the index fingers, which are firmly pressed together and pointed purposefully. The left thumb is often crossed over the right thumb to represent Kali’s feminine energy.

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Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana)

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This pose allows you to mimic the shape of the partial eclipse. Just make sure you warm up your back with a few rounds of Sun Salutation that include a backbend like Cobra, Upward-Facing Dog or a modified version of this pose to deepen it.

HOW TO DO IT: Start in Tadasana — Mountain pose — at the top of your mat. Inhale and sweep your arms overhead, interlacing your fingers (except for the index fingers) in Kali mudra. Exhale and let the shoulders relax down and back. Slowly arch your spine into a slight backbend that causes no discomfort. Keep your head in line with your spine and facing forward, or drop your head back. Hold the pose for three to five breaths. Exit on your inhale as you slowly make your way back to Tadasana.

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Crescent Pose (Anjaneyasana)

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Feel free to move through a vinyasa, flow into another transitional pose or step straight into Crescent pose from Tadasana. But make sure your back is warmed up with Cobra, Upward-Facing Dog or a few standing backbends.

HOW TO DO IT: Beginning in Tadasana, take a deep breath. As you exhale, step your left foot back and bend your right knee at a 90-degree angle. Make sure your right knee is directly over your ankle. Clasp your hands into Kali mudra and raise them above your head. Inhale, and as you exhale, either stay in this position or slightly arch your back. Stay for three to five breaths. Inhale, and as you exhale release your hands to the mat and step back into Downward-Facing Dog to repeat on the other side.

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Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)

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Face the solar eclipse as brave and as grounded as a warrior. Feel free to move through a vinyasa, flow into another transitional pose or step straight into Warrior III from Crescent pose.

HOW TO DO IT: From a lunge, draw your hands together in Kali mudra (if they’re not already there). Take a deep breath. As you exhale, press your right heel into the mat as you straighten the right leg and lift the back leg. Do your best to keep your arms, torso, raised leg and left hip parallel to the mat. If you feel strong and stable, slightly bring the head up to look forward without compressing the back of your neck. Stay for three to five breaths. Exit on an exhale as you release back into Crescent. Repeat on the other side.

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Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

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The connection of this pose to the solar eclipse is pretty straightforward. Feel free to move through a vinyasa, flow into another transitional pose or step straight into Half Moon from Warrior III.

HOW TO DO IT: From Warrior III on the right side, exhale and slowly release your right fingertips and touch the ground or place your hand on a block. Rotate your left hip to face toward the sky and open your torso to the left. Keep your left hand on your left hip or raised toward the sky. Keep your gaze forward. Stay in the pose for three to five breaths. Exit on an exhale as you release the left hand to the mat and lower the raised left foot to meet the right. Stay folded over for a few breaths before repeating on the opposite side.

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Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

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End your sequence with this heart-opening pose. Again, you can move through a vinyasa or flow into another transitional pose as long as you make your way onto your knees in an upright position.

HOW TO DO IT: From a kneeling position with your spine tall, keep your knees hip-width apart. Keep your shins and the tops of your feet pressed into the mat. Place your hands on the back of your pelvis with fingers pointing toward the mat. Inhale, and as you exhale, slowly and safely lean back as far as you can comfortably go. If your spine is able to arch more deeply, reach your hands to hold onto your heels. Stay for three to five breaths. Exit on an inhale by bringing your hands back to your front hips. Exhale and inhale, leading with your heart to lift your torso and crown of your head upright.

Wrap Up Your Eclipse Flow

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To wrap up your solar eclipse yoga practice, remind yourself of your intention and visualize you living this desire while you lie in Savasana. To ignite your intentions, practice deep-breathing exercises, meditate, journal or do whatever helps you feel most connected and tuned in to your higher self. Make sure to practice one day before, during or one day after the solar eclipse takes place.

What Do YOU Think?

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Are you in an area to observe any or all of the eclipse? Will you watch? Will you be practicing yoga before, during or after the eclipse? Are you going to incorporate any of these poses? Are there any other you’ll add? What intentions will you set? We would love to read your solar eclipse intentions in the comments below!

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Overview

It’s a total eclipse of the sun! Well, for some, anyway. On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse viewable in certain parts of the United States. Whether or not you’re one of the lucky Americans who get to see the moon cover the sun, take the day to set intentions and practice yoga, even for 10 minutes, to positively shift your world anew with the power of the solar eclipse.

Do your best to practice at least one day before, during or one day after the solar eclipse takes place. Step outside, place your mat on Mother Earth and stand in Tadasana — Mountain pose. Set your intention to the new moon, flow through your favorite Sun Salutation, connect with your higher self and incorporate these five poses I shot with fellow yogi Allie Michelle. And, find me on Instagram for more!

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