Welcome to 2012! Did you make a New Year resolution? I like to make resolutions, however I prefer to keep them manageable. With that being said, there have been many years I have given up on my resolutions mid-year. Change is difficult even scary. Change is also a good thing! This week I decided to focus my yoga workouts on the Manipura chakra (energy vortex) - aka - naval center.
The Manipura chakra is located at the spine directly behind the naval center while its superficial activation point is located directly on the naval. It is associated with the attributes of will power and strength of character. The element associated with this chakra is fire and many of the practices we do to boost the energy at this center are heating. When this chakra is deficient, we can lack confidence. Maintaining a steady flame requires constant care and attention. It is well worth the effort if you're trying to maintain those resolutions! It gives a whole new meaning to "feel the burn"! Of course, developing washboard abs in the process doesn't harm either!
Check out Yoga Journal for core poses.
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." ~ Edmund Hillary