Chakra Chat: The Solar Plexus Chakra

  • Color: Yellow
  • Where to spot it: Above the navel
  • Why it's useful: It builds chutzpah.
  • Yoga pose: Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana 3). Start of in mountain pose, standing with your feet on the floor (feel the four corners pressing into the mat). Keep your legs active, tailbone pointing down, torso tall. Place your hands on your hips and gently bend your right knee up to your chest. Take care to keep your hips even and squared towards the front. Keep your breathing even and your face relaxed. From that bent knee pose, bring your leg backwards until your torso tilts forward, creating a letter T shape with the body. Keep your back leg active by flexing your foot, pointing your toes down and feeling like your heel is reaching backwards. Keep your standing leg active too, making sure not to lock at the knee. Play around with the slight bend in your standing leg to help keep balance. You can keep your hands on your hip or challenge yourself by straightening your arms, pointing your fingers forward or swinging them back by your hips too. Breathe easy, and with your hips as a fulcrum, bring yourself back to standing with your knee bent towards your waist and gently place your foot back down. Reset in mountain pose. Rinse and repeat on the other side.
Deck used: Emily Dickinson Tarot (Factory Hollow Press)

Deck used: Emily Dickinson Tarot (Factory Hollow Press)

I have no problem giving myself pep talks, being my own cheerleader, and telling myself I can do whatever I put my mind to. In my private little world (that I sometimes share with friends / positivity enablers), I RULE! 

And then, the real world kicks in. I realize that my little confidence bubble doesn't necessarily translate outside of my own idealism. And it dawns on me that thinking I'm the sh** doesn't always mean I'm actually being the sh**. Criticism can be a huge confidence killer, and then insecurity sets in, and after all the build-up you put yourself through, you just end up feeling stupid. (This is me in team sports—I always think I'm going to be the wunderkind on the court. Suffice it to say, it hasn't happened yet.)

The insecurity that comes post-bubble bursting is what the Solar Plexus chakra works against. Instead of giving into diffidence, this chakra breathes fire into our spirits, prodding us to stand up for ourselves and to rally up all the willpower we can, regardless of what the real world throws at us.

Without the Solar Plexus chakra, the caged bird wouldn't sing. It's all about inspiring personal power, which can come in handy (in team sports and in other areas of life). Where could you use some extra confidence building? And are there areas of your life where you may be too full of yourself?