Cosmic Pilates: Capricorn

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In Astrology, the positions and movements of the cosmos and planets hold so much sway in our characters and how we connect with the world. Our individual astrological signs even offer insight into our ideal exercises! To help establish a strong foundation for the new year ahead, Pilates Instructor Celeste will teach a new monthly, year-long workshop combining Astrology and Pilates. In Cosmic Pilates, Celeste will explore connecting the movement of Pilates with the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. In each workshop, Celeste will cover a set of “power” Pilates moves and how they relate to each zodiac sign that month. You can find a deeper look into each Astrological sign’s personality traits and exercise style in this monthly blog series, and then put those insights into practice in Celeste’s workshops – starting with Capricorn! 


December 22-January 20

Symbol: Sea Goat
Body Association: Joints, Knees, Skeletal System 
10th House: Career, Ambition, Success, Community Standing

To strengthen the body parts associated with this sign, the following Pilates exercised are practiced: 

Mermaid: Symbolic of the sea goat – a goal with a fish tail 
Mountain Climber: Your Power move, because you are always climbing
Single Leg Circles: Symbolic of the Saturn ring. A good reminder that we need to maintain a good work/life balance and that we must honor both sides/each direction.

Capricorn Motto

No matter how high the hill or mountain, I’ll strive to reach my highest aim.”

Food for Thought

As you make your way up the mountain, Capricorn, allow yourself moments to stop and enjoy the view, both personally and professionally. Remember you will get there, so try to appreciate the journey, however rocky. As you ascend, be sure to take in the surroundings along the path and acknowledge, with appreciation, the path you’ve already tread. 

Physical You | Capricorn Movement Personality

Capricorns are over-achievers who tend to keep things “bottled up’, so letting off steam is absolutely essential to the Capricorn spirit. Capricorns generally become aware of this need early on. The earth sign element demands a certain amount of connection with the body to create inner stability. Skipping workouts, for instance, might serve as the greatest hindrance to the Capricorn “climb”. 

The Best Advice for Capricorn Friends: 

Next time you are tempted to succumb to overindulging in whatever (food, drink, Netflix, WORK), do yourself a favor and move your body instead. Exercise serves as a great mood elevator to your earthy nature. Capricorns can be incredibly hard on themselves, so be sure to approach your fitness from a place of love and self-appreciation. In workouts, Capricorns thrive in all things involving climbing or heights. In addition, they crave exercise’s centering effect of mind-body connection and love learning new skills. Try a new type of class to add variety and challenge your tried-and-true routine! You’re especially drawn to systems that can be expanded or choreographed in different manners, such as dance, Yoga, Pilates, and martial arts. Caps want a big impact for the effort put in, and are motivated by focusing on a larger goal. 

I have found that many of my fellow Pilates instructors have Capricorn (or another earth sign) prominent in their chart. This supports my theory that Pilates and Yoga are ideal (or at least supplemental) workouts for the Cap personality. Focus on incorporating the powerhouse and pelvic floor muscles into your fitness routine. Then your knees won’t have to take so much of the load when you’re carrying the world on your shoulders and climbing upwards!

See a demonstration of the Pilates Capricorn Moves:

Personal You | Going Deeper

With Saturn as your ruling planet, you’re blessed with an innate understanding of time…to work in your favor! Combined with the gifts of organization, intelligence, reliability, and pragmatism to help you see your goals through, there isn’t much you won’t accomplish. Try to maintain a good work/life balance in all areas – and take some time to love YOU. Otherwise, you might find yourself at odds with this Capricorn gift of time. 

Always Climbing

As a natural climber, Capricorns are attracted to heights. All the great mountains and foothills around the world are ruled by this sign – including our very own Texas Hill Country. Fundamentally practical, Caps carefully analyze the path and set a goal. You’ll always reach the top, despite challenges or missteps along the way!

Hard work does not intimidate you. Capricorns are steadfast, employing a try-fail-try again approach to all things important to them. This, and inner fortitude, intuition, and the ability to thrive in any condition, lends to the success Capricorns are known for, particularly career-related. Your tenacity and endurance is your superpower. You’ll dig in and get it done, no matter how exhausting the task. Work and play can be synonymous in your eyes, especially when you’re in the right profession. Caps must truly love what they do to excel in it. When they are able to overcome perfectionism and fear of failure, they really take off. 

Capricorns may sometimes be mistakenly labeled as “status seeking”, but this is just a surface perception. Security is truly what drives a Capricorn to further success and keep the ever-present “worries” at bay. As both a worldly and spiritual sign, the power of contribution comes from the strong sense that helping others is what makes life worth living. In your positive state, your innermost desire is for goodwill, not power: to teach, spread knowledge, and make the world a better place for everyone. You’ll likely find your greatest sense of accomplishment in the humanitarian aspect your position might enable. Not so much for the accolades since being the leader and doing one’s duty deserves no special reward. 

Needless to say, that last statement is one a Capricorn will truly understand. 

Tough Shell, Tender Spirit

You are an enigma to many, Cap – but that makes you all the more intriguing. Your esoteric knowledge is impressive to the people who know you, and your subtle jokes are tinged with irony. Often accused of emotional coldness, you can appear aloof when you are really just hiding a tender spirit that endures a profound sense of duty and obligation. Wrapping yourself in an air of dignity and responsibility, you may pretend to be unscathed when something actually cuts to the bone. Opposite of the appearance you give to the world, Capricorns want to be expansive, stretch the rules, and rebel a little. 

It’s time to try! You’ll likely receive your greatest reward from throwing off your character armor. Your best gift is giving of yourself – don’t be concerned with outward appearances. When you genuinely give of yourself, Capricorn, you’ll be met with appreciation rather than the ridicule you might anticipate. Caps may be controversial – but you are not easily ignored. 

A Capricorn’s personal journey is exciting, meaningful, and dynamic. 


Celeste’s Capricorn-centered Cosmic Pilates workshop occurs on Sunday, January 12. With this enlightened understanding of the Capricorn’s needs, come build a strong base that will carry you through the year ahead! 

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