Do you ever find yourself on a certain path, or stepping into something new and you just know in your gut that it’s either totally the right thing for you, or that you’re going the complete wrong way?
It’s your gut that guides you in these moments, hence the phrase, “go with your gut”. This is no surprise to me, since the guts are the geographical location of the Manipura chakra. Also known as the solar plexus chakra, this is where we hold our personal power.
There are times in a yoga class where I am holding a pose and my legs are shaking, my mind is begging me to stop & yet I stay, I hold, I persevere. Every time we persevere we are tapping into the energy of the Manipura chakra.
When we are able to get through the tough times, power through, so to speak, we foster a sense of personal self confidence.
When you know that you are able to handle all that comes your way, you build on your personal self confidence and when you are confident, you can take on whatever comes your way. It’s a lovely cycle of confidence. It’s a circle.
The confidence builds & builds until you are bursting with inner strength, hot with the passion to commit, and breaking through any obstacles that stand in your way.
Perservering through the small things, like a tough yoga pose, a long hike to the top of a summit, or a difficult conversation, builds up the confidence to get through life’s tougher times.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t always feel self confident. There are times when I’m on top of the world, singing on a stage, expressing my deepest emotions through song. And there have been many times I’ve desired to give up music all together, days where the obstacles become too much, and I want to sit in a heap on the floor and cry.
I’ve actually done this. And its totally ok, but eventually, even in our darkest times, we have to get up off the floor, we have to find our truth and sing it out loud.
There are 3 practices that I engage in to help me increase my inner fire for self confidence and perseverance.
1. Kapalabati or breath of fire:
This is a warming breath that can stoke your inner fire. Practice with me in this video.
2. Boat Pose or Navasana:
Stagnant energy can lead to a dull and stagnant life. Asanas help get things moving in both our physical body, & our energy body.
To practice Boat Pose start sitting with knees bent towards your chest with the souls of your feet on the floor. On an in breath, lean back & lift your feet off the mat, so that your body forms the shape of a V. You can extend your feet outwards or keep your knees bent. continue breathing rinse & repeat.
3. Chanting the mantra RAM:
Ram is the seed mantra associated with the Manipura chakra. When we chant the name we clear the mind and call on the energy of fire. I invite you to listen to this guided meditation for self confidence & together well chant the mantra RAM.
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