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Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 04, 2020 by Christa Quattrocchi

When the Stars Align: Which Zodiac is Your Soulmate?

Personal Growth
Motivation

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like your connection was written in the stars? When that special someone is cosmically compatible, your world can really light up.  

Your sun sign represents your core personality and can bring out traits that may or may not mesh well with others. Though all partnerships require hard work, clear communication, and trust, astrology can help us figure out which personality types we naturally connect with and where we might need to put in a little extra work. Whether you’re looking for love or going steady, we’ve looked to the sky to tell you which sign could hold the key to your heart.  

Pro Tip: If you happen to have access to your love interest’s chart, compare your Moon/Venus to get even more nitty-gritty on how your odds stack up in the realm of emotions and the planet of love. 

Aries + Gemini

Aries + Gemini 

Fire, meet smoke. You’ll be that couple everyone’s whispering, “goals” about. This fabulously brainy pairing guarantees good conversation, never-ending adventure, and countless inside jokes that would leave even Kristen & Dax envious.  

Your Love Anthem: If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys 
Your Perfect Date: Rent an airstream in a nearby city for a spontaneous weekend getaway. 
 

Taurus + Sagittarius

Taurus + Sagittarius 

If you haven’t heard, opposites attract. Find yourself a free-spirited Sag and be ready to commit to open communication with a blissful balance of hometown roots and various vacation condos. They’ll coax you out of your cave, and you’ll guide them home at a decent hour—the perfect harmony between introvert and extrovert. 

Your Love Anthem: Stay With Me – Sam Smith 
Your Perfect Date: Find the nearest firepit and head there at dusk (and don’t forget the red wine and cheese plate)! 
 

Gemini + Aquarius
Gemini + Aquarius 

We don’t mean to be dramatic, but this pairing is soulmate status. You’re both up for anything and drag quick-witted banter and change-the-world plans along for the ride. Aquarius is the partner who will help you see all those million-dollar ideas you’ve got in life (just be sure to make time to get in your feels). 

Your Love Anthem: Paradise – Coldplay 
Your Perfect Date: Trivia night accompanied by the most exotic pizza on the menu. 
 

Cancer + Taurus

Cancer + Taurus 

Bust out your Sunday sweats and favorite snacks—it’s gonna be a real cozy ride. You both are the Netflix > nightclub type, so you can count on a Taurus to be the first to leave the party with you. Cancers are typically family-oriented and on the hunt for someone to settle into domestic bliss with. Just remember to get out of the house once in a while—or don’t. Stay happy, lovebirds. 

Your Love Anthem: Can’t Help Falling in Love (cover) – Haley Reinhart  
Your Perfect Date: Dig into your collection of old movies, grab take-out from your go-to restaurant, and park yourselves on the couch for the perfect evening sheltered from the world. 
 

Leo + Aries

Leo + Aries 

An Aries companion is a sure-fire match for your bold, confident energy. Your natural zest for life is met with their energizing spirit and sets the stage for a harmonious blend of socializing and couple adventures. There’s a lot of heat between the two of you, so make sure to let each other shine or else your snap, crackle could pop quickly. 

Your Love Anthem: Africa – TOTO
Your Perfect Date: A Saturday morning run followed up with a hearty, refuel brunch, leading up to a night of dancing with friends. 

Virgo + Capricorn

Virgo + Capricorn 

Virgo don’t want no scrubs—Capricorn is the type that’s ready to go steady right away. You’re looking for that practical, got-their-check-book-balanced type, and they’re dreaming of a C-Suite seat. They, too, have a five-year plan in place, and if you meet the right one, you can probably bet on securing a wedding date.  

Your Love Anthem: You’re Still the One – Shania Twain 
Your Perfect Date: Go to an escape room and impress the group with your stellar exit strategy plans. Celebrate with cocktails at a romantic, dimly lit bar. 
 

Libra + Leo
Libra + Leo 

You’re ruled by Venus, the planet of love, and there’s nothing that brings out your rose-colored glasses quite like sexy confidence. Leos will enchant you with their stellar, self-love style and social status. Together, you’ll serve up an entrée of glamour with a side of strong family values—like a modern-day Partridge family.  

Your Love Anthem: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 
Your Perfect Date: Head to a flea market or thrift shop and try on some funky outfits. Then, take it to the streets to strut your stuff straight to the hottest brunch spot in town. 
 

Scorpio + Cancer

Scorpio + Cancer 

We’re far from the shallow now. Get ready to dive straight into the deep end with Cancer, who understands the emotional well you often find yourself in. Spending time with them will make you feel right at home, so don't be surprised if you end up browsing the web for an actual home after the first date. 

Your Love Anthem: I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie 
Your Perfect Date: Watch a true-crime documentary and cuddling up on the couch when the suspenseful scaries set in. 

Sagittarius + Libra
Sagittarius + Libra 

BFF turned friends with benefits, turned ultimate romance. A Libra counterpart will indulge in your grand plan for an offbeat life and keep you laughing through it all. Try to hold off on the “what are we” talk, Libra’s usually need a little more time to sink into commitment. But when you two manage to find common ground, your relationship is sure to withstand the test of time.  

Your Love Anthem: Lover – Taylor Swift 
Your Perfect Date: Get out of town. Road-trip to a fresh destination where you can explore hand-in-hand and laugh amongst the locals like you already belong. 


Capricorn + Scorpio
Capricorn + Scorpio 

As someone with a stacked set of goals, it’s important that you find someone who doesn’t always fly by the seat of their pants. Scorpio shoots for the moon while also challenging you to step beyond practicality into their emotionally driven ways. They make it easy to slip into a comfortable groove, inviting some more fluidity to your structure. 

Your Love Anthem: Someone Like You – Adele 
Your Perfect Date: For a classically romantic vibe, get together at a wine bar with some ambiance to set the mood. 
 

Aquarius + Pisces
Aquarius + Pisces 

Careful! Do not let this fish slip away; Pisces is your perfectly quirky companion. You’ll find yourself comparing theories on the Seven Wonders of the World and reading self-help books with your spiritual soulmate. They’ll help you embrace that sensitive side you’ve been neglecting all these years. 

Your Love Anthem: All My Loving – The Beatles 
Your Perfect Date: Pack a picnic, grab your telescope, and head outdoors together to revel over the planetary magic in the sky. 
 

Pisces + Virgo
Pisces + Virgo 

Do you hear the word ‘relationship’ and immediately want to dig a hole to China? A Virgo just might have what it takes to hold you down. You can put down the world you’ve been carrying on your shoulders and let them take the weight for a bit. ‘The Virgin’s’ care-taking nature level-sets your need to nurture everyone around you, allowing you both to spend some time on the receiving end.  

Your Love Anthem: September – Earth, Wind, & Fire 
Your Perfect Date: Plan a spa day where you can Zen out with a couple’s massage and pamper in harmony. 

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Christa is a 300hr certified yoga instructor on a soulful journey to integrate spiritual practices, such as astrology, tarot, and pranayama, in her guidance both on and off the mat. She is Mindbody’s resident witch and advertising aficionado. Beyond her credentials, you can find Christa channeling creativity through writing, cooking plant-based goodness, & surfing her home waters in sunny San Diego.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar