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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.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.