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Camel Pose, Deconstructed: 9 Exercises to Access Expansion in This Posture

Struggling to “achieve” Ustrasana? Trina Altman breaks it down using her Yoga Deconstructed method


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December 2021 Astrological Forecast: The Year's Closing Chapter


The end of the calendar year has no relevance to astrology, although this December happens to coincide with a few astrological endings.

At the beginning of the month, a solar eclipse in Sagittarius will end an 18-month eclipse cycle. The eclipse will happen under the influence of the planet of communication, Mercury. As such, an emphasis on truthful communication will be present throughout the month. Information that was previously in the shadow will come to the light of awareness, both on an individual and collective level.

Later in the month, the full moon in Gemini will show us which opinions stand side-by-side with truth. On Christmas Eve, we experience the third and final Uranus square Saturn for the year, a relationship that will highlight the dynamic tension between much-needed change and outdated structures. This is the last time these two planets will be in direct contact for a while, although the tension will persevere through 2022. And on December 28, Jupiter will return to Pisces and, just before the end of the year, herald a sense of hope and light.

See also: A Full Moon Yoga Practice to Help You Find Your Center

Key planetary dates

December 4: New moon total solar eclipse takes place in Sagittarius. This is a good time to find a place of stillness in your thinking mind and allow for the part of the mind called nirodha to emerge. The phrase “go inside and close the blinds” has multiple meanings during an eclipse. In a literal sense, many humans would close the windows and entryways and stay inside during eclipses. From a personal embodied perspective, learn what is going on internally by going deep within to access truths that are often kept in the shadows. Find whatever expression of this phrase aligns for you during the year’s final solar eclipse.

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