Find Your Fire

Have you ever had that moment of intense fear mixed with palpable anticipation and excitement? The moment you hear the CLICK, CLICK, CLICK of the rollercoaster as you literally or figuratively climb up the track?

Perhaps you’re on a real ride, or maybe it’s moments before your performance review (and potential promotion). It could be seconds before you quit your job to pursue a life of your dreams or the day you decide to become a mama bear.

Fear keeps us on our toes, but can always be really healthy. Unless it’s a life or death situation, fear can often be the perfect motivator. It allows you to find the edge and then climb right over it.

tiny-devotions-mala-beads-scarfFear is located in the third chakra, manipura. This marks post three of our chakra series and begins the exploration of fear, courage, will power, resistance and joy. Manipura is located in the solar plexus (that soft space in between the top of our ribs, just below the sternum). I always imagine this space to be bright and full of a deliciously yellow energy that controls our portal for joy and it always brings a huge smile to my face.

This chakra is developed between the ages of 16-23 and is when we find ourselves. It’s the age when a boho babe begins to truly dig deep and discover who she is, it’s how we begin to leave our mark on the world. This is the moment we begin to find our fire, our sparkle and the shine we always need while being fully present in the world.

When this chakra is blocked: When this chakra is blocked the energy can go in one of two ways: our fire can burn too hot (anger, temper tantrums, destructive words) or our fire can burn out (lack of energy, nothing to add to a conversation or space, feeling lackluster and sadness). As the manipura is the city of jewels and controls passion, we need to find the perfect balance. Often if we are out of balance here we will have serious digestive issues (ulcers, heart burn, hypoglycemia).

When this chakra is open: When we are open in our fire energy, we feel joy and laughter. We have passion for all our favorite activities and are often willing to try new things. We enjoy the anticipation and baby amounts of fear as we conquer our dreams. We indulge in a delicious or healthy treat without over indulging and allowing our fire to dull and we are able to bring our natural spark to the world.

How to open this chakra: Twisty poses, classes that involve fire (power yoga or aerial, maybe even a zumba class). Hot & spicy foods when you feel low on energy, carbs and starches when you feel too fiery. Crystals and sound energy.

Crystals: Amber, citrine, golden topaz, tigers eye

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsColor: Yellow… I feel there is so much joy in this color, you should have it everywhere. Abundance is one of the biggest things that comes to mind around passion and fire. In order to allow true abundance into your passionate being, wear more yellow (a beautiful scarf or a new mala) or have a post card on your desk that embodies the color yellow. Integrate more of this color into your life to allow for more passion, money and energy.

Sounds: Ram, repeated in a mantra. Music with intensity… house, EDM etc.

Poses: Twists, abdominal or core work (yes ABS!!), solar flows, agni namaskra (fire salutations – go ahead, look them up because they are delicious), arm balances, utkatasana and power yoga.

Location: Solar plexus

Element: Fire

In order to tap into this chakra you need to decide where you are right now. If you’re feeling lackluster and as though you need a boost, you need to eat spicy foods or go salsa dancing. Invigorate your body, find movement and enjoy a really sweaty power yoga class. If you’re feeling too hot, drink some water and eat toast with honey butter to calm your insides. Then go enjoy a yin yoga class to bring your energy back to neutral.

tiny-devotions-yogaJenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

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