In the previous post we looked at the manipura or solar plexus chakra, its functions, and the role it plays in our lives. Now we’ll explore some tools to keep the third chakra balanced – which really means helping you get out of your own way so that you can stand fully in your power!
TOOLS TO BALANCE THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Karma Yoga – The third chakra is associated with the mental realm. When it’s out of balance, it can cause us to over think or ponder instead of act. Karma yoga and selfless giving can help balance the third chakra. Karma yoga is simply the yoga of daily life, and of moving through life with an attitude of selflessness in our actions, not thinking of the possible results or our personal gains. Through karma yoga we allow ourselves to surrender to the bigger picture and while bringing our actions into harmony with all of creation.
Music –Listen to the Ashibox Station on Spotify to hear the Gayatri Mantra and other third chakra balancing tunes
Food and Drink – Eat yellow colored foods like lemons, bananas, corn, legumes, and whole-grains, and enjoy chamomile or peppermint tea
Nature – Get out in nature and enjoy the sunshine
Mantra – The bija mantra is Ram with the keynote of E
Aromatherapy – Use lemon, rosemary, lavender, grapefruit, bergamot, peppermint, ginger, and lemongrass
Crystals and Gems – Wear or carry citrine, tiger’s eye or amber
A mudra is a physical gesture, usually a had gesture used to seal an intention in a yoga or meditation practice by affecting the energy flow of the body. Practicing this particular mudra may aid in digestion, strengthen the respiratory rhythm, and balance the energy around the solar plexus.
To practice: Find a comfortable sitting position, either in a chair or on the floor. Clasp your hands together in front of the solar plexus (stomach area). Extend your middle fingers so they are touching each other. Keep the position of your hands near your solar plexus. Start breathing deeply and rhythmically, observing the breath and solar plexus area. Practice for 4-5 minutes.
Benefits: Strengthens the digestive organs and benefits the stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys. Restlessness and excitement wanes, self-confidence increases. Digestion improves.
Contradictions: If you have high-blood pressure, practice this Mudra in moderation.
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