Updated: Jan 1
The Summer Solstice shines a light literally into our days, the days are longer, the energy is brighter and more energetic. Have you noticed the boost in your mindset and mood when the sun is shining? I don't you about you but I am a complete sun worshipper! Anything I can be doing in the sunshine (and heat) I am there! I feel like it literally powers my body and mind.
If you feel the sunshine brings you into a place of clarity and motivation this may be the element of fire influencing your energy. The sun is fire, your inner power and drive is connected to fire, your Solar Plexus (core) energy is fire. Fire gives us that burning drive to get stuff done, to be proactive and productive, we suddenly feel that passion for life and all the things we CAN achieve.
As with all of the energy centres within the body, TO MUCH fire within our bodies can be expressed as anger, frustration, mental rigidity and over controlling behaviours. You can visualise how powerful and unruly a wild fire in nature can be. But the good thing is, with more awareness we can balance our bodies and minds and use this knowledge in a positive way.
So how do we boost our motivation for life and move beyond habitual comfort zones? It sounds easier than it is, we have to make the choice to move beyond our comfort zones.
The Solar Plexus Chakra - The burning fire is what projects us forward in life. If our fire is dwindling, slow burning or possibly just smouldering embers, our motivation will lack, we withdraw, we are tired, we are fatigued and sometimes feel over worked by just that small extra task. By strengthening our core physically we not only strengthen the WHOLE body, but it stimulates the brain, it releases the happy hormone, it boosts our metabolism and we start to ignite that journey of progress and confidence.
When we feel our body is strong, we feel better put together, or posture is more refined, our heads are held high and an inner confidence and authenticity shine through. We can make decisions easier, we create healthy boundaries, we feel more comfortable with stepping out of our comfort zone, we have a bigger drive to get things done.
Tips for boosting your motivation:
+ Belly Breathing.
+ Wearing the colour yellow.
+ Saying YES to things instead of talking yourself out of it.
+ Put your name on a list to do something you have always wanted to do.
+ Eat foods that agree with your digestive system!
+ Belly massage.
+ Core strength within your exercise regime.
+ When you are working on something... it may just be a conversation with someone, give them/it your FULL attention instead of doing to many things at once.
+ Give yourself 10 minutes a day to check in with your emotions.
+ Write and organise your day, week ahead.
+ Be selfless, kind, compliment someone, help someone without wanting anything in return.
+ Trust your gut instinct with things, it's never normally wrong.
+ Don't be afraid to express your values, morals and virtues in life.
+ Manage your time efficiently.
Yoga poses for core stimulation:
Explore poses that ignite your inner sunshine, play with challenging poses, balances and heat building postures. As well as strengthening the core we can manipulate our centre with twists, compression and full body movements. Even passive Yin postures like Sphinx Pose, Reclined Twist and Seated Side bend.
+ Boat pose
+ Reclined twist
+ Wind reliving pose (hugging the knees to the chest).
+ Internal and external twists.
+ Standing poses like Warrior 1, 2, 3 held for longer than 10 breaths - 1 minute.
+ Bow pose
+ Locust pose
+ Childs pose
+ Table top twist
+ Plank, Supported plank on the knees.
+ Breath of fire
+ Cobra Pose
+ Seated Forward Fold.