Yoga is an incredibly strong mental, physical, and spiritual practice that contains many layers. The physical poses in yoga are simply the surface of the practice, as "yoga" literally translates to the word "union" (of the mind, body, and soul, specifically). When you consistently practice both on and off the mat, yoga can help you find yourself in so many ways — especially when you start to learn about the energy that courses through your body, and how to bring everything into perfect harmony.
When you venture past the physical aspect of yoga and begin focusing on internal energy, you'll likely stumble upon the Sanskrit word "chakras." A chakra is defined as a center of energy, and there are seven chakras in total, all of which are located in different places throughout the human body, kind of like pressure points.
While each of the seven chakras serve their own individual purpose for regulating your mental, physical, and spiritual energy, the solar plexus chakra — or manipura chakra, in Sanskrit — is said to be responsible for governing your personal power, beliefs, and self-worth. The manipura chakra is located above your belly button and just below your sternum, and you can activate and balance this chakra through certain yoga poses and breathing techniques.
But how will you know when your solar plexus chakra is doing its job? Well, maybe you'll suddenly feel compelled to speak up for yourself one day in the midst of a tricky situation, or perhaps you'll find yourself gathering the courage to do something that scares the absolute sh*t out of you.
With a healthy and balanced solar plexus chakra, you'll have a stronger sense of self overall, like you're wrapped in a blanket of self-assurance and confidence. Try these six yoga poses to activate your manipura chakra, and allow this newfound energy to help you find yourself as you unveil your personal power.