Our eternal essence is timeless and formless. Yet when we incarnate, we become subject to the laws of time and space, and the soul temporarily forgets its true Self.
Yoga, the original technology of transformation, gives us the means to take care of the bodily form that comes from living in space. Jyotish, the science of astrology from ancient India, instructs us how to navigate the cycles of time we must now understand. Working together, both astrology and yoga allow us to remember our nature and return to our origin.
Our happiness in life, our health, our accomplishments, and our relationships, all depend upon our vitality, our spiritual intent and our karmic actions.
Yoga is the way to insure we remain healthy in body, mind, and spirit so we can successfully travel this path to enlightenment.
Yet without understanding the nature of our innate self and our soul’s purpose, the timing and type of our yoga practices may be inappropriate, and the actions we take may be ineffective.
This is the role of Astrology in the practice of Yoga. To understand our basic nature and our life purpose, to realize the gifts and challenges we bring into this journey, and to align ourselves with the cosmic cycles of time to help us move forward.
Yoga and Astrology, as practiced and originated from India, come from the same spiritual source of the Vedic teachings as discovered by the Rishis in their profound meditative and mystical states of super-consciousness.
Both Yoga and Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, share the same purpose: To enable practitioners to advance in their spiritual evolution and to gain the self-knowledge that leads to liberation.
Whereas Yoga is a technology that relies on personal experience and the employment of techniques, Astrology is a science that relies on observation and interpretation of cosmic laws.
On the spiritual journey, Yoga provides the seeker with the answers to “How” and “What” while Astrology reveals “When” and “Why.”
Yoga provides the tools of asana, pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation and teaches us how to use them. Astrology allows us to understand the karma and the dharma that brought us into this existence and how to interact with our past, present and future.
The great Vedic astrologers, or Jyotishis, used yoga to facilitate the changes in the soul’s journey through time and to remedy the challenging cosmic conditions brought about by birth and the natural unfolding of life. Yoga provides the astrologer with the tools to help facilitate the changes brought about by the planetary cycles, as well as techniques to remedy the challenges and to expand the opportunities shown in the birth chart.
The great Yogis used astrology as a method to determine the most effective yoga practices for an individual according to their karmic conditions and how to adapt the practices to the cycles of time. Astrology provides the Yogi with a method to understand and appreciate the unique challenges and opportunities that the cycles of time bring us, as well as providing the yoga practitioner and teacher with a diagnostic tool to determine the most effective practices. More importantly, astrology can reveal the karmic issues to be addressed through the yoga practice.
(The above article is extracted from the Mehtab’s book, ASTROLOGY YOGA: Cosmic Cycles of Transformation)