In yoga philosophy, our core is associated with the Manipura or Navel chakra. This chakra represents self-image and ego. Ego can be a good thing: a strong sense of self drives success and manifesting the life of your dreams. Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, recommends practicing on your navel center to build confidence and to stoke your inner fire. Firing up your navel center is the secret to unleashing your awesomeness!
Are you ready to burn off insecurities and learn to create strength and confidence from within?
In terms of asana, there are many yoga postures that will build heat in your center. Think Navasana (Boat Pose), balancing postures and twists. Pranayama techniques like Bhastrika (Breath of Fire) where you inhale and exhale quickly through your nose will build inner heat. And, meditating on your navel center will link your mind with your heart’s intentions.
In addition to yogic techniques, many fitness modalities focus on building strength in your core or as it’s called in Pilates, your powerhouse. The philosophy advocates building a healthy spine and supporting it with flexible, toned muscles as the most important aspect of being fit. Imagine this girdle of strength holding you steady and upright no matter what obstacles appear in your path.
Whatever approach resonates most for you—try one or all of them—we promise that stoking up your inner fire will make you feel awesome in all areas of your life!
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