Mindful Monday: Manipura Chakra

Well, It’s Thursday, but who says that means I can’t share a #mindfulmonday post? Ha! Things have been really hectic in my life lately, and it’s definitely showing here. I appreciate that you are all still here though, and still supporting me. Although I don’t always have enough time to blog, I really enjoy it and love that I get to share it with all of you!

Today I wanted to share a little bit about the solar plexus chakra, also known as Manipura.

Location: Solar plexus

Chakra meaning: regulates fears, sense of personal power, and gut feelings. Connects to the ego.

Off balance: Low self-confidence, confusion, depression.

Color: Yellow

Affirmations: I do enough. I am more than enough. I accept myself and stand with confidence in my personal power. I respect myself.

Foods: lemon, turmeric, banana, pineapple.

Element: Fire

Aromatherapy: burning candle is best: lemongrass, fennel, lemon, lime.

Tips to Balance:

1. wear yellow

2.try some yoga poses: bow and fish pose are great for this!

3.use affirmations first thing in the morning, and before bed.

4.try this journal prompt: What are your favorite things about yourself and why?

If you are feeling up to it, share number 4 in the comments!

xo. Chels

MINDFUL MONDAY: SACRAL CHAKRA

Moving up into the next chakra: svadhishthana, also known as sacral chakra. Let’s dive right in!

SACRAL CHAKRA

Location: 2″ below belly button

Chakra meaning: The sacral chakra is all about emotions, sexuality, and creativity.

Off balance: Jealousy, guilt, possessive behavior, body shame, depression.

Color: Orange

Affirmations: I acknowledge my uniqueness. I am a creative being. I attract only nurturing relationships. My senses are alive, and well connected. I embrace my life with passion and joy. I am a radiant, strong, beautiful, and healthy being.

*tip: I think that saying these affirmations in the mirror is extremely powerful! Give it a try both ways so you can see (and feel!) the difference.

Aromatherapy: Orange, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, rosewood. Best used in a bath or shower, as sacral chakra is associated with water!

Foods: Almonds, oranges, pumpkin, mangoes, coconut, melon, papaya.

Nature Element: Water, being in or by water. A bath works great! Sometimes even increasing your water intake is very helpful.

Yoga Sequence to Clear Sacral Chakra

MINDFUL MONDAY: ROOT CHAKRA

Good morning! I want to start diving into the chakra system for some of the mindful monday posts. Naturally, I will start from the roots (get it? I know, I have lame jokes!) with the ROOT CHAKRA.

Root Chakra

Location: Base of the spine/tailbone

Chakra meaning: The root chakra is your power base. Your ability to feel grounded, safe, and secure.

Off Balance: If your root chakra is off, you will notice things like low energy. alienated, anger, low self-esteem, lower back pain.

Color: Red

Affirmations: I am safe in this moment. I am secure in this moment. I am grounded in this moment. I trust more, and fear less. I belong to this world. I have all that I need in this moment. I am at peace.

Aromatherapy: cedar wood, ginger, clove, and patchouli. Earthly scents.

5 WAYS TO CLEAR YOUR ROOT CHAKRA

1.Spend time in nature.

2.Try these yoga poses: tadasana (mountain pose), uttanasana (forward fold), balasana (child’s pose).

3. Refelxology: get a foot massage, or try it out yourself. Rub the inner part of your heels.

4. Find a guided grounding meditation that you enjoy. Tip: sit with your legs folded on the floor to feel more grounded and get more out of your meditation.

5.Practice visualization techniques. One of my favorites is one I taught to a group when I was teaching yoga a few years ago. Imagine your legs filled with cement, holding you firmly to the earth. Imagine your root chakra spreading outside of your body, growing strong, thick roots into the ground, connecting you firmly to the earth.

Favorite online yoga for grounding/the root chakra: Yoga by Adrienne is my favorite and I turn to this anytime I feel I need a guided practice. She is amazing!

One more thing I would like to add, for all of you who like to journal. Here is a great prompt: Are there any belief patterns that still influence you that are no longer valid?

This is also something I like to often stop and ask myself (post-partum anxiety, you guys). Then I get the chance to really acknowledge that what I am feeling is possibly not valid and not something my energy needs to be put toward. For example, today I went for a run. Outside. Alone. In broad daylight. I was terrified for my life… but why?! I live in an incredibly safe town, and it was 2pm. I was fine. I stopped mid-run and thought, “is this valid, or is this my anxiety?” Anxiety. And it’s a liar! (J Harshe! xoxoxoxo) I was able to keep going and felt great after!

My root chakra is off balance, and I am working to get it back on balance. How do you think yours is? Have you ever worked on balancing your chakras? Please share your story in the comments, on Instagram, and you know you can always email me too!

Thank you for reading, and have a super-grounded Monday 😉

xo, Chels