Do you feel a sense of calm strength emanating from deep within? Are you confident and able to express your feelings appropriately? If so, you are potentially well balanced in your solar plexus Chakra – Manipura. Located just above the navel and below the base of your ribcage, Manipura is our center of personal power, energy, self-mastery and will. The color is yellow, the element is fire and one stone that represents this energy is Amber. An essential oil that supports balance in this center is Lavender. If you are unbalanced in this area you may feel timid and unsure on one end of the spectrum or domineering and judgmental at the other extreme. Nurture yourself through yoga or the Vajra Mudra. You may enjoy the book “Mudras for Healing and Transformation” by Joseph and Lilian Le Page for more information on using mudras, or you can attend class at Yoga Adobe any time this week for a chance to experience the energy of this mantra with me. You might use a mantra such as this choice taken from “Chakra Workout” by Mary Horsley: “I am loving and appropriately powerful”. We’ll continue our focus on Manipura through April 21st. See you on the mat!