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How Yoga Helps You Find Yourself By Focusing Your Practice On A Single Chakra

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How Yoga Helps You Find Yourself By Focusing Your Practice On A Single Chakra
By Georgina Berbaria day ago

Yoga is an incredibly strong mental, physical, and spiritual practice that contains many layers. The physical poses in yoga are simply the surface of the practice, as “yoga” literally translates to the word “union” (of the mind, body, and soul, specifically). When you consistently practice both on and off the mat, yoga can help you find yourself in so many ways — especially when you start to learn about the energy that courses through your body, and how to bring everything into perfect harmony.

When you venture past the physical aspect of yoga and begin focusing on internal energy, you’ll likely stumble upon the Sanskrit word “chakras.” A chakra is defined as a center of energy, and there are seven chakras in total, all of which are located in different places throughout the human body, kind of like pressure points.

While each of the seven chakras serve their own individual purpose for regulating your mental, physical, and spiritual energy, the solar plexus chakra — or manipura chakra, in Sanskrit — is said to be responsible for governing your personal power, beliefs, and self-worth. The manipura chakra is located above your belly button and just below your sternum, and you can activate and balance this chakra through certain yoga poses and breathing techniques.

But how will you know when your solar plexus chakra is doing its job? Well, maybe you’ll suddenly feel compelled to speak up for yourself one day in the midst of a tricky situation, or perhaps you’ll find yourself gathering the courage to do something that scares the absolute sh*t out of you.

With a healthy and balanced solar plexus chakra, you’ll have a stronger sense of self overall, like you’re wrapped in a blanket of self-assurance and confidence. Try these six yoga poses to activate your manipura chakra, and allow this newfound energy to help you find yourself as you unveil your personal power.

Breath Of Fire (Kapalabhati Pranayama)
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Practicing breath of fire gets the heat circulating within your energetic channels and ignites the fire that awakens your manipura chakra.

After you’ve gone through a few rounds of kapalabhati pranayama, try repeating a positive affirmation to yourself to instill a deep sense of confidence and help balance your solar plexus chakra. “My happiness depends on no external source” is a personal favorite of mine, if you want to try that one.

Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
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Since your solar plexus is located between your navel and your sternum, plank pose, and the heat it builds in your core, is great for activating and awakening this particular chakra.

Breathe through the heat and fire of kumbhakasana, maintaining a calm disposition throughout this difficult pose. Mind over matter is key in this dynamic asana.

Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)
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Virabhadrasana III is an incredible pose for tapping into your solar plexus chakra because it helps you build self-confidence by instilling a sense of powerful inner strength — and outer strength, because let’s be real, balancing on one leg is way harder than it looks.

There’s nothing like trying to ~find yourself~ while you’re standing on one leg and trying your best to stay upright. Remember, balance is key in all areas of life, my friend.

Revolved Triangle (Parvritta Trikonasana)
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You might want to use a block for this pose because the twist is rather deep, but once you comfortably get into this asana, you’ll love the feeling that the revolved sensation brings to your solar plexus chakra.

Parvritta trikonasana requires both flexibility and core strength. And while that obviously refers to physical strength in this context, try to use the teachings of this asana to channel that same flexibility and strength when it comes to staying true to yourself IRL, no matter what the circumstance.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
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According to DoYouYoga, your solar plexus chakra partially influences your liver, a part of the body that’s key in regulating digestion, and is also said to be associated with subconscious feelings of anger and worry, the yoga outlet explains.

Adding bow pose to your practice will encourage blood flow and energy to rush directly toward your liver, bringing everything back to equilibrium and balance, and allowing you to focus on what really matters.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)
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A soothing balasana works wonders on an imbalanced solar plexus chakra, massaging the area between your navel and sternum and sending a blissful aura down your energetic channels.

Breathe deeply and fully, sending sweet and expansive inhales toward your manipura chakra. On your exhales, allow any feelings of self-doubt to dissolve and exit your body. Leave those worries behind as you conclude your practice and roll up your mat.

Mnuchin: Boeing’s Sales Licenses to Iran Will Be Revoked


Mnuchin: Boeing’s Sales Licenses to Iran Will Be Revoked
The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal means Boeing’s licenses to sell billions of dollars in commercial jetliners to Iran will be revoked, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.

Mnuchin said that the existing licenses held by Chicago-based Boeing Co. and its European competitor, Airbus Group, would be invalidated by President Donald Trump’s decision.

“The existing licenses will be revoked,” Mnuchin told reporters.

Boeing said it would consult with the government on what comes next. “As we have throughout this process, we’ll continue to follow the U.S. government’s lead,” the company said.

Airbus didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new sanctions against Iran will allow for certain exemptions and waivers to be negotiated, but Mnuchin wouldn’t discuss what products or countries might qualify for waivers.

The Treasury secretary said that the sanctions will also sharply curtail sales of oil by Iran, which is currently the world’s fifth-largest oil producer. In the case of oil sales, there will be a 180-day period for countries to wrap-up existing contracts and achieve “significant reductions” in their purchases of crude from Iran.

Mnuchin declined to spell out what the administration would consider as a “significant reduction” in purchases of Iranian oil. U.S. law gives the Treasury secretary the power to administer sanctions imposed by the president.

He said he did not expect oil prices to rise sharply because he sees other countries boosting production.

The administration’s goal is to impose tough sanctions that will prompt Iran to re-negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, he said.

“These sanctions do impact all the major industries (in Iran). They are very strong sanctions,” Mnuchin said. “They worked last time. That is why Iran came to the table.”

Mnuchin said that the new sanctions would allow countries doing business with Iran to wind down those activities in either 90 or 180 days, depending on the type of products being sanctioned. He said companies doing business in Iran would not be able to generate new business but would be able to wrap up existing contracts.

“I don’t expect we will need more time to deal with these issues,” Mnuchin told reporters.

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Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag in Parliament


Iranian lawmakers burn a paper U.S. flag and a copy of the nuclear deal document as they chant slugans againts U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  (AP)Wednesday, 09 May 2018 7:22 AMRead Newsmax: Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag in Parliament Urgent: Do you approve of Pres. Trump’s job performance? Vote Here Now!

Iranian lawmakers burn a paper U.S. flag and a copy of the nuclear deal document as they chant slugans againts U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP) Wednesday, 09 May 2018 7:22 AM

Iranian lawmakers burn a paper U.S. flag and a copy of the nuclear deal document as they chant slugans againts U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP)
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 7:22 AM

Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag in Parliament

Iranian lawmakers burn a paper U.S. flag and a copy of the nuclear deal document as they chant slugans againts U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP)
Iranian lawmakers burned an American flag and cried “Death to America” in parliament on Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the multi-party nuclear deal.

Images shown on various Iranian media showed an MP brandishing the paper flag and burning it in the center of the parliament chamber.

A conservative lawmaker, Mojtaba Zolnour, joined him and burned a copy of the nuclear agreement.

Several dozen deputies joined them in shouting “Death to America”, a favoured slogan of Iranian conservatives.

“Be careful not to burn down the parliament,” speaker Ali Larijani said from the podium.

Iranian officials have condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 deal, which had lifted sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear program.

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