This week I focused on my solar plexus chakra. This chakra is located around the navel area and is associated with confidence, empowerment and self-assurance. The solar plexus chakra is mostly thrown off balance by SHAME. This can leave one feeling doubtful, without a strong sense of self or lacking in assurance. On a physical level, this can produce digestive issues, problems with the liver or ulcers.

solar plexusThis is one of my stronger, balanced chakras, but it has not always been that way. I think as a woman, shame can be a stronger force. It is not always encouraged or taught to speak up for yourself or feel confident in who you are. I feel it is almost discouraged at times to feel good about yourself and it’s automatic to downplay or refute compliments.

mean girls I have worked hard to re-train my brain and gut instincts to know that I am enough. I am confident and happy with who I am. I have work to do still and I will always try to improve, but I am OK with being imperfect. I am confident in myself and continue to honor the power within me.

I chose plank pose to work on the solar plexus chakra. Plank pose works the whole body, but is balanced out by the core. The arms and legs fire up and the belly button pulls back towards the spine. Even though the body is completely engaged, it’s still important to keep the shoulders relaxed and the head in line with the spine. The breath is so key in this pose, as it is with all poses, to keep steadiness in the mind and therefore, the body. I find this pose to be particularly hard on my mind when my arms start to shake or my abs begin to quiver, but my breath reminds me this is just a moment in time and soon it will be gone. Keeping that steadiness on my mat has helped me through situations off my mat where I also felt shaky in my confidence.

 (PC: Marcella Martinez photography)

This week can you practice honoring the power within you? Can you remind yourself that you are enough? Can you unapologetically embody your strengths, flaws and confidence?

Honor the power within you.