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Refill Your Cup with Self-Care

Light your fire of transformation

As we experience warmer temperatures, the sounds of birds singing, and the first spring blooms, we may also feel the desire for our own inner and/or outer transformation. Whether it is decluttering your home, engaging in a new self-care practice, starting a new hobby, or cultivating a new friendship, how do you spark the inner fire of “Yes I can.”

In the energetic body, the fire of transformation is governed by the solar plexus chakra, known as Manipura in Sanskrit. Literally translated as “city of jewels”, the third chakra is located behind the navel. It rules the lumbar spine and digestive system.

Manipura is the seat of will, determination, personal power, self-esteem, and the ability to make decisions. It is related to the fire element, and is known as the spark which helps one digest food, as well as difficult emotions and life experiences. This fire in our belly reminds us we can do hard things.

When looking to tap into your fire of transformation, consider the following:

  • Set small, achievable goals to help reach larger intentions.
  • Stimulate healthy digestion by drinking room temperature or warm beverages; avoid overeating, and allowing your stomach to rest between meals.
  • Practice Ujjayi breath. Known as “victory breath.” Ujjayi breath creates heat, focuses attention, and increases endurance.
  • Exercise – anything that gets your heart rate up a little and causes you to sweat will support the Manipura chakra. Abdominal work is a sure way to build your internal fire.
  • If you enjoy yoga, be sure to include poses which target the solar plexus including Navasana (boat) pose, twists, and plank.

I suggest starting with a practice or two, and sticking with it for at least two weeks. You might journal your experience as you notice signs of the spark of your inner fire of transformation.

Tune in next week when we will explore the heart chakra, Anahata.