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Astrology is an ancient language that tells a story about your unique personality, purpose, and journey throughout life. I previously wrote about your sun, moon, and rising sign and what they really mean. Now that you have a better understanding of who you are, let’s find out how to improve your overall health and wellness using your astrology.
How does your sun sign influence your fitness routine?
This is the planetary point within your personal astrology that influences how you show up in the world and what feeds your vitality. Your sun sign can help to decide the type of workout that fuels your fire and keeps your energy flowing.
Birthday: March 20-April 20
What to Try: High-intensity circuit training
Aries is a cardinal fire sign, which means it has the motivation to take on any challenge with passion, courage, and intensity. The challenge with this sign? You need to keep it short. Aries are known to lose interest after a while, so workouts like HIIT that feature quick bursts of energy are important.
Birthday: April 20-May 21
What to Try: Barre
Taurus is a fixed earth sign, which means it is drawn to situations that fully embrace the sustaining power of the physical body. The challenge with this sign is getting outside the comfort zone of their usual fitness routine. A low-impact, strength-focused workout, like barre, will set you up for success.
Birthday: May 21-June 21
What to Try: Step aerobics/Zumba
Gemini is a mutable air sign, meaning it’s energized by an adaptable curiosity and desire to learn and express. The challenge for this sign is focused thought and communication, so a more spontaneous workout, such as dance, is key. Find fitness that engages your mind through coordination!
Birthday: June 21-July 23
What to Try: Yin Yoga
Cancer is a cardinal water sign, which means it is motivated by intentional activity that engages the emotional body and provides a release for all that energy. The challenge for this sign? Finding comfort in what they feel. Embrace positive vibes and clear out any emotional stagnation through a slower paced yoga practice, like Yin.
Birthday: July 23-August 23
What to Try: Cycling
Leo is a fixed fire sign, which means it is driven to succeed with unwavering passion and enthusiasm. The challenge for this sign is getting caught up in the desire and losing focus on the outcome. Channel your playful (and competitive) spirit and pedal to a sick beat—you’ll kill it in cycling class.
Birthday: August-September 23
What to Try: Aerial Yoga
Virgo is a mutable earth sign, which means it loves learning how to improve the physical body holistically. What’s the biggest challenge for this sign? Getting caught up in the analytical mind and becoming too critical. Try fitness like aerial yoga that combines elements of different exercises, so you are constantly evolving.
Birthday: September 23-October 23
What to Try: Active Yoga Flow
A cardinal air sign, Libras are stimulated by thought and conversation. The challenge for this sign is getting caught up in what others are thinking or doing. Redirect your mind and bring your actions inward while setting an intention with a faster yoga flow.
Birthday: October 23-November 22
What to Try: Kickboxing
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, which means it finds energy in deep emotional connection. The challenge for this sign? Diving too deep and getting lost in the intensity. Embrace a workout that allows for emotional release through powerful movements, like kickboxing.
Birthday: November 22-December 22
What to Try: Karate
Motivated by the freedom to explore and grow, Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign. The challenge for this sign is to stay committed long enough to gain what is most valuable. Trying a more out-of-the-box workout, like karate, gives you a different perspective when it comes to fitness—and will expand your wellness horizon.
Birthday: December 22-January 20
What to Try: Pilates
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning it is driven by structure and form. The challenge for this sign? Becoming too focused on the details and enjoying the process. Choosing a workout that emphasizes power and muscle control will help you conquer your goals. Pilates is a perfect fit!
Birthday: January 20-February 18
What to Try: Indoor Climbing
A fixed air sign, Aquarius’ are energized by big-picture thinking and actions. The biggest challenge for this sign? Not getting engrossed in the conceptual process. Choose workouts, like indoor rock climbing, that embody what you want to achieve—physically, mentally and emotionally.
Birthday: February 18-March 20
What to Try: Ta’i Chi
Pisces is a mutable water sign, which means it is driven by emotional fluidity and deep inner work. The challenge for this sign is not to escape reality through isolation. Discover workouts that allow for gentle and fluid movements, like Ta’i Chi.
When it comes to astrology and fitness (and life in general), find what lights you up! Mindbody.io and the Mindbody app make it easy to explore the different types of fitness and wellness that work for you and your sign.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.