The Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra is referred to as the 3rd Chakra and governs the fire inside of you. It is your strength, your will power, your confidence, your inner power, your sense of self. You can find Manipura or Solar Plexus chakra, between the navel and sternum, just above the belly button. When you're out of alignment with this chakra or it is blocked, you may have feelings of powerlessness or feel that others are taking away your power. It can also manifest physically with digestive issues.
Trauma and stress can impact any of the 7 chakras but Manipura (Solar Plexus) can be impacted the most during periods of feeling overwhelmed which can cause stagnation in the body, or the opposite, by completely going into overdrive. We might feel our fire is not burning as strongly if this chakra is deficient in energy/chi.
Here are four poses to help you activate and strengthen your Solar Plexus Chakra.
Starting in Warrior 2 with the right knee bent, turn the palm of your right hand to face upward. As you inhale, lift your right arm up to the sky.
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From Reverse Warrior, take your right leg straight (but not locked) lengthen your body and right arm over the right leg. Spread your arms wide. Keep the sides of your waist long.
Have a seat on your mat and lift your legs up straight in front of you. Lift through the top of the sternum and lean back slightly, making sure your back doesn't round. Bend knees to modify. Or intensify by lifting legs higher.
Lie on your back and bend your knees. Adjust your feet parallel and shimmy shoulders until your hands interlace. Exhale as you lift your hips and tuck your chin. Press your feet and arms firmly into the floor. Exhale as you lift your hips toward the ceiling.
Add a leg lift on each side as an added option. After several breaths, slowly, safely release out. *Option- modify by minimizing the rounding in your spine.
Consider ending with a mantra such as “I am confident. I am worthy” Feel the reverberation. Take a moment to notice how empowered you feel when you connect with the core of your strength.
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