August 21 | The Practice | The Science |
The Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as Manipura, is located in your abdomen above your belly button. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the third chakra, characterized in yellow, and represents confidence and a sense of self-worth. It’s also associated with vital organs, digestion and metabolism. When this chakra is well balanced, you’ll feel productive, powerful and able to get things done. When it is out of balance or blocked, you may feel stuck, unmotivated and you may struggle with self-esteem. You may also experience digestive issues or problems processing foods. Keeping your Solar Plexus Chakra aligned will help you feel great inside and out.
In order to connect with your Solar Plexus Chakra, try the following yoga poses to help keep your third chakra aligned and in balance. These poses help stretch and activate your Solar Plexus Chakra, bringing blood flow and positive energy to this important chakra.
Tadasana is the pose you’ll return to again and again to center yourself and reenergize. In Mountain Pose, practice visualizing your Solar Plexus Chakra shining with golden yellow light. As you stand with quiet strength in Mountain Pose, visualize yellow light from your powerful third chakra energizing your body with each breath. You’ll experience a renewed sense of self-worth and motivation. Carry this feeling through the rest of your yoga practice, and out into the world as you go about your life.
Warrior pose helps you build confidence and encourages strength and self-esteem through powerful movement and purposeful energy. Warrior 1 helps you open up your Solar Plexus, helping to unblock and align your third chakra while building fire and strength in your core and your legs.
Bow Pose is incredibly effective at stimulating the flow of blood and energy to the organs in your abdomen—particularly those ruled by your Solar Plexus Chakra. Bow Pose helps improve digestion, as well as aligning the energy around your organs. You’ll be left feeling balanced, stimulated and ready to handle whatever the day brings.
Sun Salutations energize and bring fire to your body, including your abdomen where your Solar Plexus Chakra is located. This asana is often suggested for mornings—hence the name—to bring you balance and energy as you begin each day. Complete five rounds of Sun Salutations to warm up, get oxygenated blood flowing through your body and experience a feeling of personal empowerment.
Boat Pose is excellent for strengthening the core, bringing energy to your Solar Plexus Chakra. As you engage your abdominal muscles, you’re bringing strength and oxygenated blood to the center of your third chakra, giving you a sense of power and productivity. You’ll experience an improved feeling of self-confidence, along with more balanced digestive function. You’re entire body will feel more aligned and connected.
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