Today the sun transits out of harmonious and peaceful Libra into the emotional and more intense sign of Scorpio. This ushers in a new energy which is deep and meditative. Scorpio symbolising re-birth and transformation on the deepest level, it is the most mysterious sign of the Zodiac and it invites us to explore the depths of the self.
Scorpio rules the sex organs, the bladder and the urinary tract. Any imbalances in these areas can cause headaches, back problems, urinary problems and disorders related to the hips, lower back, and reproductive system. Scorpio is an introverted sign, it tends to accumulate and store unresolved emotions, feelings, and inspiration deep down in the pelvis. This can trigger states of fear, indecision, low self-esteem, depression and loneliness.
To counteract these tendencies we can use our yoga practice to release tension in the hips and lower back. Hip openers are extremely important as they improve flexibility and promote strength and integrity in the lower body, activating the energy flow in the pelvic region. They also stretch the inner thigh and groin muscles helping to release many areas that are tight including the lumbar region. When working with tight hips we need to learn to sit with a certain amount of discomfort (not pain) without running from it. It is through this practice that we can slowly create more space in the hips by breathing deeply into the postures.
Energetically the hips are located at the second chakra Svadhisthana relating to sexuality, desire, pleasure, and creativity. When this sacral chakra is blocked it hinders our ability to let go and let flow, this may become evident in deep hip openers if we are unable to fully open up to the posture. It is believed that the hips are the area of the body where we store relationship issues of all kinds, especially our intimate relationships. Tight hips may indicate an inability to fully open up, and more importantly to fully love ourselves and therefore to love others. When the Svadhisthana chakra is out of balance we can feel an emotional numbness, stiffness in body and mind, a lack of or uncontrolled sexuality, and an inability to be alone. When this chakra is in harmony we feel more connected to others, we maintain good social skills, we have a healthier relationship to our sexuality, and we are more creative. Hip-openers can create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways.
This month we have the opportunity to use the intense and emotional energy of Scorpio to delve deeply into our bodies and our psyches, to explore and discover any blockages and to release them into the light, leaving us more space to express ourselves creatively.
“By letting go, it all gets done” - Tao Te Ching