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4 Essential Yoga Poses to Activate the Solar Plexus Chakra

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.

Reverse warrior

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.

(Photo credits Rex Lau)