Who is ready to release their personal power and feel stronger physically and more self-assured? By focusing on our power center, by building a strong core and spine, we naturally increase our confidence levels and live our lives from a positive perspective, no matter external circumstances.
This week, we’ve got the popular Nothing But Core series with instructor Claire Petretti Marti, which will give you six quick and varied programs to have you feeling your best.
Here are 3 reasons why you want to regularly focus on your core.
Self-confidence: Our power center houses the Manipura or Navel Chakra and is the seat of our ego, inner fire, and willpower. The Manipura Chakra is the third of seven main chakras or energy centers in your subtle body. Visualize a beautiful golden whirling ball of light right in your belly. Here resides Tapas––your fiery self-discipline that enables you to be your most positive manifestation of your true self.
Part of being a self-assured person is trusting your gut instincts. Balancing your Manipura Chakra will remind you that your inner guidance is truth. If you feel insecure in your thoughts and abilities, work on building strong abdominals and back because the physical strength will also bolster your inner strength.
Strong Abdominals equals a Healthy Spine: Sure, having a toned stomach will help you walk tall and feel confident in a bathing suit, but the superficial visual benefits merely scratch the surface. A balanced core workout will target all the muscles of the trunk, including the abdominals, the back, and the glutes. By creating a girdle of muscle, you protect your spine. Often, lower back pain originates from weak abdominals and one of the major recommendations on both the medical and holistic side is to build strong abdominals to prevent further pain and injury.
Enhance Digestion: Focusing on core work will help maintain healthy digestion. Our solar plexus houses our digestive system and it’s vital to stimulate and massage the internal organs to avoid feeling lethargic and weighed down. In the Heart of Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar says in order to operate at our optimum levels we need to burn up “the rubbish.” Seventy-five percent of our immune system is located in the gut and by keeping your digestion flowing, you are boosting your natural disease-fighting abilities.
Check out this newly curated program and fire up your Manipura Chakra! You’ll feel more confident, energized, and strong, inside and out.
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