24 Nov, 2020
The solar plexus chakra teaches us about our need to stand true to who we are and what we believe in. When we feel like we have to live up to the expectations of society, our parents, our partners, children etc., we can lose sight of our core being. We struggle to listen to our intuition. When we find it difficult to trust our intuition, it may be due to fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, discomfort with the prospect of failing or looking foolish, and resistance to change. The solar plexus chakra is located in the abdomen and impacts several digestive organs including the stomach, pancreas, upper intestines, gallbladder, and liver. As a centre for vitality, strength, and self-actualization, balance in this area results in the courage to take necessary risks. When the solar plexus chakra is imbalanced, it can manifest as digestive issues, feeling helpless or, alternatively, and overconcerned about body image or appearance. A balanced solar plexus chakra enables us to follow our instincts, face our insecurities, and let go of our ego’s need to control others or being controlled. Discover the Yoga Asanas for activating and balancing the solar plexus chakra.
In Boat pose, you root down into the earth with your sitting bones and extend up to the sky through the crown of your head and your toes. Alternate versions of this pose can be done with your knees bent and your shins parallel to the mat for less intensity, or your arms lifted overhead for more intensity. Stay in this pose for five to ten breaths to build strength in your core. While in the pose, challenge yourself to take smooth breaths, to refrain from holding your breath, and to honour your body’s limits by coming out of the pose when your gut tells you to.
This pose teaches you what it feels like to raise yourself up on a physical level and that you have got what it takes. Ground down into the base of your fingers and also into the backs of your heels. To lift your hips off the earth, engage the muscles along the backside of your body, contracting your glutes, hamstrings, and spinal muscles. Hold the pose for five to ten breaths, with your thighs drawing toward one another and your head extending away from your toes.
This posture provides a wonderful twist for your spinal column. Protect your spine by staying firmly upright on your sitting bones. Stop rotating before you experience laboured breathing. Extend through the crown of your head to ensure the twist continues from your neck to the base of your spine. If you are unable to keep both sitting bones grounded when you bend your bottom leg towards you, then straighten your lower leg out. Hold the pose for five or more slow deep breaths.