The Hara Center is a part of the esoteric anatomy of the body more commonly associated with the martial arts, Zen Buddhism or Reiki than it is associated with yoga. Sometimes called a chakra itself, working with the Hara Center is a great way to really connect with your core and the power that you hold in your belly.
Located 2 inches below the navel, in the center of the belly, the Hara Center is where all your energy/prana comes together. We will talk about these energies next week’s Happy belly post. For this week, see if you can really experience the power of your Hara
Center in your yoga practice and notice how that experience changes your practice, your attitude, your being.
How to connect with and use your Hara Center in yoga:
Close your eyes and feel your Hara Center (2 inches below your belly button, halfway between your front and your back). Now, say HA! as strong, as forceful and with as much breath expulsion as you can. See if you can move the HA! out of your body by working from your Hara Center. Feel that power? Now, try the following flows… and see if you can activate your movement from your Hara Center. If you lose touch with it, introduce using HA! into your practice with every exhale. Using sound in your practice can help re-focus and hold your attention, thus your increasing your awareness and energy.
Now bring this awareness into your yoga practice for a Strong Belly or this practice for Happy Yoga Hips or this Moon Salutation. If you would like to explore on an even deeper level, try connecting your Hara Center to your Bhastrika Pranayama.
A happy belly is a powerful belly!