The Best Yoga Practice for Self Confidence and Power

September 18, 2018

The Best Yoga Practice for Self Confidence and Power

Cultivating a regular practice which balances your solar plexus chakra will help you to stoke your inner fire and feel like you can take on the world with more determination.

The solar plexus chakra is located above the navel area. It is associated with the element of fire. This chakra represents self-confidence and personal power. When this chakra is blocked you will experience low-self esteem and self-doubt.

Keeping the chakras balanced is a continual process which, when attended to, results in vitality in our body, mind, and spirit.

Your inner fire is like a lightbulb that is always burning. It never goes out but it can certainly feel like it does at times. This disconnection from your light happens as a result of the stress of life, self-doubt, and anything that takes you out of the present moment.

When you lose your grounding in the present moment, it is easy to become distracted by stress and anxiety. Giving into this distraction is like taking a blanket and placing it over your lightbulb. Over time, if not careful, more and more blankets get piled on top.

Remember, that lightbulb is still burning even if it is hidden well. The beauty of this news is that you can remove those blankets at any time to once again let that fire burn bright.

How do you peel away the layers and stoke your inner fire?

One of our favorite ways to balance the solar plexus and stoke this inner fire is through strong yoga postures paired with a mantra that will remind you of your power.

Think of this practice as a way to remove those blankets and reconnect to your personal power.  

Using A Mantra For Personal Power

Incorporating a mantra can add extra intention to your yoga practice.

You can memorize this mantra or write it on a piece of paper and place it at the top of your yoga mat.

Repeat it to yourself three times in each pose.

I passionately live my truth and courageously stand in my power.

A Yoga Practice To Stoke Your Inner Fire

This sequence includes full body poses to remind you of your strength, core engaging movements to wake up that inner fire (remember the solar plexus chakra is near the navel), and heart-opening restorative poses to help you stay open to your own light.

We suggesting warming up with a few sun salutations before moving into this energizing sequence.  

1. Downward Dog

Come onto your hands and knees.

Bring your hands forward of your shoulders a few inches.

Spread your fingers wide and press your palms and knuckles into the ground.

Tuck your toes and lift your sitting bones towards the sky.

Keep your knees slightly bent as you allow your body to come into the posture.

When you are ready, and if it is accessible, you can work your heels towards the ground.

Find 5-10 breaths here.  

2. High Plank

From your downward dog pose, shift your shoulders forward so that they are stacked over your wrists.

Your hips come to shoulder height.

Draw your navel to your spine to engage your core.

To modify, your knees can come to the ground.

Stay here for 5-10 breaths.  

3. High Plank with Knee In

In your high plank position, hover your right foot a few inches of the ground while keeping that leg engaged.

On an exhale, hug your right knee towards your right elbow.

On an inhale, extend that right leg back out to a hover.

Continue to move with the breath for 5-10 rounds before switching sides.  

4. Warrior II

Come to standing with your arms stretched out alongside you like a “T.”

Step your feet wide away from each other so that your ankles are stacked under your wrists.

Turn your right foot so your toes are pointing in the same direction as your right fingers.

Bend into your right knee until that knee is stacked over your ankle.

Ground both feet while keeping your back leg strong and straight.

Gaze over your right fingertips.

Stay here for 5-10 breaths before switching sides.  

5. Goddess

Come to standing with your arms stretched out alongside you like a “T.”

Step your feet wide away from each other so that your ankles are stacked under your wrists.

Bring your hands to your hips.

Turn your feet away from one another so the toes are pointed out in opposite directions.

Bend your knees until your knees are stack over your ankles.

Pull your navel towards your spine to engage your core.

Keep your shoulders stacked over your hips to prevent from leaning forward or back.

Stay here for 5-10 breaths.

6. Boat Pose

Come to seated with your legs extended in front of you.

Bring your hands or fingers to the ground behind your sit bones.

Lift your heart up and pull your navel into your spine.

Lean back slightly keeping the lift through your heart and spine.

Bend your knees and let your feet lift off the ground.

Bring your shins parallel to the ground if possible.

Hands can stay where they are, or your arms can reach forward with your palms facing each other.

Stay here for 5-10 breaths.

7. Bow Pose

Begin on your belly with your hands alongside your body and your palms facing up.

Bend your knees and bring your heels towards your butt.

Reach with your hands to grab the outside of your ankles.

Flex your feet. Kick your feet into your hands.

Energetically pull your thighs towards one another as you lift.

Pull your shoulder blades together to create space across your heart.

Draw your shoulders away from your ears and lift your gaze towards the sky.

Stay here for 5-10 breaths.  

8. Restorative Fish Pose

For this modified fish pose, you will need two blocks. If you do not have blocks, you can also use blankets rolled up.

Place one block on its narrow, long edge between your shoulder blades.

Place the second block beneath your head on the medium or tallest setting.

Let your legs stretch out long with your feet falling away from one another.

Your arms will rest alongside you with your palms facing up.

Relax as much as possible.

Stay here for 1-2 minutes.  

9. Corpse Pose

Savasana is resting posture which allows you to relax deeply.

Take this time to focus on your breath and let your body to soften.

Come to your back.

Stretch your legs out long.

Arms are alongside you with your palms facing up.

Close your eyes and relax your body as much as possible.

Stay here for 5-10 minutes while breathing deeply into your belly.  


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