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The solar plexus, located below your sternum but above your navel, is your power center: It’s the “fire in the belly” that fuels your will to act. Gifts that strengthen manipura transform the grounded creativity of the lower chakras into positive, confident action.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura):
pleasure • willpower • digestion • structure • vitality • harmony
1. The Citizenry Mercado Storage Basket
Form and function get to work in this elegant vehicle for containment. A large hand-braided palm basket, made in a Mexican fair-trade cooperative, it will help your clutter-averse friends keep their sight lines clean and focus intact (from $95, the-citizenry.com).
2. Moon Juice Power Dust
For friends suffering from burnout, a touch of edible energy may be just the thing. Power Dust utilizes Ayurvedic herbs and cordyceps, the latest it mushroom, to form an adaptogenic supplement that promises to combat physical and psychic fatigue and alchemize creativity into action ($38, moonjuice.com).
3. Vancouver Island Salt Co. Limited-Edition Canadian Sea Salt Collection
Stoke digestive fires with Canada’s first indigenous collection of sustainable, unrefined sea salts. Prized by nutritionists for its abundant trace elements and alkalizing effects, sea salt makes a welcome gift for aspiring gourmands and committed health junkies ($40, visaltco.com).
4. Skylar Arrow Candle
Candles are a beautiful way to mirror the churn and burn of the fiery will held in our power center. Your loved ones will relish this clean-burning version, with warm, spicy notes of midnight jasmine and vanilla ($38, skylar.com).
5. Farmtrue Ghee-Nut Butter in Cacao Chai
In Ayurveda, ghee resides at the epicenter of healthy digestion. Foodies will love the easy spreadability of this brilliant ghee-and-nut-butter combo, which adds a spicy richness to anything it tops (from $7, farmtrue.com).
6. 31 Bits Carved Teak Cheese Board
The solar plexus represents harmony and vitality—both on ample display in this teak serving board, which provides an eye-catching base for a variety of nourishing hors d’oeuvres. 31 Bits gives artisans in Uganda and Indonesia access to a global market and better compensation for their skills, all of which relates to this chakra’s self-actualization superpower ($78, 31bits.com).
See also Yoga Poses for the Chakra System
About the Author
Elizabeth Marglin is a yogi and writer in Lyons, Colorado.