A balanced solar plexus means being connected to our true purpose of life
Living a life from the power emanating within renews our sense of joy for being alive and having purpose.
Reclined leg rest is a great yoga pose for the solar plexus chakra.
This pose allows muscle contraction to release and utilizes gravity to bring the pelvis back into a neutral alignment. The clients I see in my private West Hartford-area yoga studio more often than not come to me suffering from low back pain. They all see tremendous benefit from this pose.
In this restful state, the muscles in the abdomen—including the psoas—are able to rest. In addition, the connection of the psoas to the lumber spine is in a relaxed state, allowing tension to melt away.
While practicing this position, the solar plexus chakra (the third chakra) energies are encouraged to open.
The following energies are boosted:
- The right to act as your true self
- Connection to self-confidence
- Personal power
- Balanced self-esteem
- Ego strength
- Lie flat on the back and use a support under the head.
- Hug both knees into the chest for a few deep breaths. Lengthen the tailbone and press the low back into the earth.
- On an exhale, release the knees, keeping the knees bent and bringing the feet flat on the earth.
- Walk the feet out wider than hips width and rest the knees together.
- Hands can rest on the belly or by the sides. Feel free to cover up with a blanket, place a blanket on the belly for weight or use an eye pillow.
- Close the eyes and connect to the image of the thighbones settling into the hip sockets. Imagine the muscles give up their hold as the weight of the legs melts down.
- Breathe deeply into the belly, hips and low back for 5-10 minutes.
- To release: open the knees up and hug the knees into the chest. Briefly circle the knees in the same direction, releasing any tension in the low back. Pause and switch directions.
- Roll to one side and pause here for a few deep breaths.