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Know Who You Are & Take Control of Your Life – Solar Plexus Chakra

It is time to talk a bit about our third chakra, also known as Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. This chakra is located between the stomach and the chest, and it is said to be the one in control of will, self-esteem, identity, self, compassion, and personal power. People that have a balanced solar plexus chakra are often perceived as purposeful, successful, confident and assertive individuals that learn from mistakes They also have good discipline, are independent, self-motivated, have good leadership skills, and demonstrate good judgement (aka me… JK!). This chakra is usually represented by the color yellow as it is associated with the element of fire (I think of it as the fire that drives you to attain all you want in life). The physical functions that are attributed to this chakra are digestion and metabolism; therefore, when the chakra is not balanced certain physical discomfort is said to happen, including stomach cramps, poor digestion, weight issues, poor digestion, nausea, among others.   

What are the emotional symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra?

If it is underactive – it may cause feelings of helplessness, lack of self-worth, lack of purpose, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence.

If it is overactive – it may lead to a constant need of validation, a need to control everything and everyone we meet, anxiety, and even manic episodes.

 It is important to maintain this chakra balanced in order to have a successful and fulfilling life. We all know how important self-worth and self-confidence is; however; many people either lack these or have an extremely inflated ego.      

How to balance the solar plexus?

  • Aromatherapy: Some of the best essential oils to use for this chakra are: rosemary, chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, and cedarwood. Essential oils can help stimulate the chakra when inhaled. They can be used in massage oils, lotions or in diffusers.
  • Healing stones: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, yellow tourmaline, and yellow jasper are great to help balance the solar plexus. Why? Well, part of it is the color of the gem. Colors can have an effect in our emotions and behaviors. Another benefit of the stones is that each stone has a different vibration that causes a reaction in our body. Keep in mind that different people have different reactions to the various types of stones; it is not the same result for everyone and therefore more than one is suggested.
  • Yoga: certain yoga poses help you balance the third chakra with great results. Find a quiet and relaxing place and try some of these: child’s pose, warrior I & III, mountain pose, bow, plank, and boat
  • Diet: certain foods that can help with your chakra healing are: chamomile tea, yellow peppers, and corn.

Love yourself and remember that wellness and beauty start from the inside. You attract what you let out into the world. If you radiate positive energy, you will get positive in return. Positive actions + positive thoughts + positive words + beautiful soul = beautiful human being.  

Stay true – Chantal

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Inner Well Being & Your Root Chakra

I believe that everything comes from within and therefore we need to look inward to achieve emotional and physical well-being as well as beauty. We need to understand that we need to be able to connect with our inner self, our spirit, and the energy of the universe to connect with others in a harmonious way and to live a fulfilled life. We need to radiate positive energy in order to attract positive things to our life. I love meditation, it has helped me beyond measure when it comes to depression, anxiety, to have a positive outlook in life, and to feel at peace. I am in no way an expert in the subject, but I am a big believer that understanding the Chakras and meditating can help improve your life in many ways.

What are Chakras?

The Chakras are energetic points within our body that allow for energy to flow. There are 7 chakras with different purposes but all equally important to have a healthy and well-balanced body, mind and spirit. Today I will focus on the Root Chakra, explain what it does, how to identify when it needs attention, and provide an exercise to help you balance this, your first Chakra.

What is the Root Chakra?

The official name for this Chakra is actually Muladhara and it comes from the Sanskrit words Mula, meaning “root”and Adhara, meaning “support”.  This Chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone area) and it goes up to below your belly button. When this Chakra is well-balanced, you feel a sense of stability, accomplishment, and peace. You feel grounded, connected with your human experience and your survival needs are being met.   

How to identify a Root Chakra imbalance?

You may experience anxiety, fear or jitteriness and trouble concentrating. It is said that it can also be linked to digestive problems, lower back and/or lower extremities issues, bladder issues, among others.

How to balance the Root Chakra through meditation?

  • Meditate in a quiet place where you can avoid distractions. Adopt a comfortable standing or seated position for this practice.
  • Intention is key. Be still and place attention on your breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale though your nose (not mouth), in a slow and controlled manner.
  • As you meditate, practice visualization. Focus on your connection to your spirit and your connection with the universe. Imagine this red energy flowing up from your legs to your spine (the location of the Chakra) and see this energy being absorbed by the it and getting nourished this energy.
  • You can further enhance your experience by utilizing aromatherapy during your meditation. There are essential oils that are made with scents specifically meant to help balance the Root Chakra. These are: myrrh, oakmoss, vetiver, angelica root, cedarwood, linden blossom, spikenard, benzoin, patchouli, and frankincense.
  • Chanting or playing meditation music can help during the meditative state.
  • Gemstones that help balance the Root Chakra include garnet, bloodstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, red carnelian and red jasper.

Try this out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal