Tools For Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra

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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

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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.

DISCLAIMER: Please check with your health care professional before starting any exercise or yoga program. The information provided within is intended to be used under professional instruction and guidance. It is not a substitute for medical care and attention. Please use common sense and walk the middle path as you develop your spiritual practice. We are not responsible for the consequences of the exercises. The same applies to all the other material provided here, it is provided as is with no warranties or guarantees. We are not responsible for, and will not compensate in any way, for loss or damage related directly or indirectly to the information in these pages.

Burning Your Way Into Power and Transformation

chakraChakra is a Sanskrit word, meaning wheel or disk. Utilized in yoga, meditation and Ayurveda (the ancient Indian healing art), chakra refers to the wheels of energy found throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, aligned along the spine, extending from the base of the spine through the crown of the head.

The solar plexus chakra is the yellow energy center, located in the upper region of the abdomen; it’s referred to as Manipura in Sanskrit, meaning “lustrous gem”. Manipura is our power center and governs our will, confidence, self-esteem and our ability to get things done. If this chakra is under-active we may experience digestive problems, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, and indecisiveness. If this chakra is over-active we may experience anger, jealousy, obsession with power, status and recognition, arrogance, over-thinking, and perfectionism.

The term power comes from the Latin podere, meaning, “to be able”, so power is actually our ability to make change and transform through action. It makes sense that this chakra, governed by fire, has the sole purpose of transformation – just as fire transforms solid into liquid and liquid into gas, it also gives us the ability to see clearly in order to take action and transform our lives. A balanced Manipura tunes us in to the “fire in our belly” in order to burn up the ego, give from a place of love, take sensible risks, and assert our will. We already possess everything we need; this transformation isn’t about fixing something that’s broken. These practices simply strengthen our ability to go for what we want and stand in our power.

This transformational fire is especially important this time of year. The holidays, although warm and loving for most, can also be challenging and full of over-consumption on every level. Cultivating a balanced solar plexus chakra stokes the fire that aids in physical digestion and controls metabolism, as well as the fire that helps us assimilate our experiences. By fine-tuning the balance in our own lives we can also help nourish it in others.

Keep reading the following post to learn some tools to keep this chakra balanced.

Art of Giving Ashi Box Unboxing

image-58The Art of Giving Ashi Box was so different from the other two boxes we’ve created, and I think it might be my favorite so far. Having duplicate items in the box so that one set could be given away was my genius sister’s idea, and we were so excited about it when she came up with it that we could hardly speak.  If you didn’t get an Art of Giving Ashi Box, below is everything that was included. There are still two left in the Ashi Box shop, so visit the shop at http://www.ashibox.com if you’re interested in purchasing or gifting one.
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– These gorgeous cotton shawls are made in India and printed with deities, symbols and Sanskrit mantras. They are lightweight and extremely versatile – wrap one around your neck, wear it over your shoulders, tie it on as a waist sash, use as a head wrap or cover up for Savasana.

Solar Plexus Chakra Sprays – Perfectly blended to balance the solar plexus chakra, use generously as a body spray, to freshen up the room, for a quick pick me up, when you need to focus, on your pillow before sleeping, or around your yoga and meditation space.

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  • Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender Blend: reduces anxiety; increases concentration; aids in digestion and issues related to overeating; uplifting and reduces feelings of depression; relaxing and calming; increases concentration; relieves stress and reduces insomnia.
  • Rosemary, Bergamot and Lavender Blend: aids in digestion and issues related to overeating; increases memory and concentration; relieves stress and reduces insomnia; fosters readiness for action; \
    increases self-confidence.

image-54Citrine and Hemp Intention Bracelets – Citrine produces a general feeling of well-being, warmth, and confidence. It helps to digest information and experiences and transform thought into conscious action. It attracts inner and outer abundance and aids in achieving goals. As such, it is a generous stone, and encourages sharing. Citrine carries the power of the sun and is highly creative. Set your intention, tie it on with love, and allow the citrine to do its work until it falls off naturally.

Mint and Hibiscus Tea – A cuppa this peppermint tea is perfect for soothing the solar plexus chakra, aiding in digestion, and encouraging an overall feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Plus, the adorable tins are the perfect size to be reused.

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Giving Cards – May be used in the giving aspect of this box or anytime you need a pretty little card.

Recycled Varanasi Silk Sari – Place it in your sacred space, sew it into a headband or pouch, or save them all for a one-of-a-kind quilt.

We hope that your holiday season has started off well and that you are blessed and full of grace this season and always.

To read other reviews of the Art of Giving Ashi Box, check out the following links:
http://hellosubscription.com/subscription-box-reviews/ashi-box-reviews/
http://imnotatree.blogspot.com/2015/11/ashi-box-review-unboxing.html