Moving on to the Solar Plexus, also known as Manipura in Sanskrit, this chakra is the third of the primary chakras. Located at the navel, the Solar Plexus Chakra is your centre of transformation, and is associated with light and fire, and the colour yellow. It is often depicted as the sun.
The Sanskrit word Manipura means City of Jewels. So just imagine yourself sparkling brightly, full of joy and energy, ready to change the world.
Today we learn how to balance our Solar Plexus Chakra by using the yoga pose Downward Dog Knee to Nose.
Day 7 – Balancing Your Solar Pelux via Downward Dog Knee to Nose
by Christi Silbaugh
The Solar Plexus Chakra is considered to be the center of personal strength, learning and comprehension. It guides you through life by creating a strong sense of self, setting personal boundaries, and building self esteem and willpower. The ability to bring change into your life, and allow for personal and global transformation is born within this Chakra.
A balanced Solar Plexus Chakra boosts self esteem, respect for others, calmness, and initiative. You feel friendly, joyful and confident. A balanced chakra helps you live a deeply fulfilling emotional life and take an outgoing and sociable attitude to the world. It helps you feel daring and confident, and able to take risks.
An unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra can threaten your self confidence, and invite concerns about what others think of you. Lack of yellow energy may cause depression and confusion that may also have bodily manifestations such as digestive, liver, and respiratory problems.
The Downward Dog Knee to Nose Pose is great for balancing your Solar Plexus. Shown perfectly here by Nichole.
1) Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Plank position with hips raised high.
2) Lift your right knee to your nose, drawing your navel toward your spine. If you can’t reach your nose, get as close as you can.
3) Breathe here for at least three deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.
As with any exercise program you must know yourself and understand your own health before attempting.
Photo Credits in order:
Feature Photo: Kim Epicurious_Yogi on Instagram
Knee to Nose by the Pool: Christi Silbaugh
Balanced Knee to Nose: Robyn Shea
Perfect Knee to Nose: Nichole Namaste_Nickey on Instagram
Final Knee to Nose Perfection: Tahnee Cattaneo