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Your solar plexus chakra is the energy centre that is associated with your drive and will. It represents your initiative, confidence, power and self-esteem, as well as your ability to manage your fire and focus on your vision.

Katie was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia and was the director of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney (formerly Samadhi Yoga) for many years. She completed training as a doula (birthing companion) in 2009. Katie is a writer for various publications and has had three books published ‘Spiritual Survival and the City’, ‘Yoga Off the Mat’ and ‘The Yoga of Birth’.

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Animals and children can teach us so much about strengthening our Solar Plexus and confidence with their non-verbal cues.

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How a connection to mysticism and an affinity with India shaped Katie’s iron will to decide to reject a scholarship to Cambridge.

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When the decision to move country and decide to open a new yoga studio changes your life in more ways than you ever imagined.

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The evolution of self-identity – from yoga teacher to business owner to mother. It’s all about the people you surround yourself with.

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Do parents project their own fears onto us, which in turn impacts our confidence, will and drive? Does this affect our ability to ‘fail’?

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Does the need to compare ourselves with others on social media impact our ability to believe in ourselves?

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How staying in sync with nature’s cycles and rhythms helps our Solar Plexus Chakra to regenerate its energy.

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A daily meditation practice can refuel a mum of 3 (+1 on the way) quicker than physical yoga as it’s more adaptable to different environments.

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‘I Love Chakra’ was founded in 2006 by Katie Manekshaw. She and her growing team are often found to be travelling around the world, doing crystal energy work at yoga and spiritual events like Wanderlust and Mind Body Spirit Festivals.  The amazing team of chakra girls and guys all add their own personal gifts of spirituality and healing to the brand and touch many lives along the way.

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Katie Manekshaw’s interest in the mystical side of life was ignited by her Indian heritage, which included being taught yoga from the age of 4 by a friend of the family. The temperature and culture of India was a stark contrast to the grim Northern England climate and cold.

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The magic of India influenced Katie on a subconscious level, as she saw the vast arrays of colours and textures, which ultimately lead to her art studies in the future. Katie’s love of art lead her to the world of design and advertising, and amongst her different careers, would always go back and forth to college in order to continue mastering her craft.

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The lack of ethics in the advertising industry lead Katie to question her own values and spirituality. Is it possible to do what you love in the art world, be successful AND make a lot of money? The success of ‘I love chakra’ proves that it is.

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Katie wasn’t able to get a working visa to New Zealand, so thought that Australia would be the next best place to stop and visit. 20 years later, her beach side apartment is still one of the places she is based from where she has watched as her self identity has grown, along with her business.

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We embody so many different persona’s or archetypes. I the solar plexus, we can oscillate from being the peaceful warrior to the servant or the workaholic. Just because we are in a service industry, doesn’t mean we have to be the servant.

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Do you befriend your shadow? Katie thinks of her shadow as her evil twin who she calls Shantelle – the part of her personality that likes to drink and can be overly sensitive emotionally. But when we accept our shadow without judging that part of ourselves, it has less power over our old wounds and triggers

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Well known astrologer Jonathan Cainer would often get asked the same question once people knew what he did for a living. And it was never “will I be rich?” or “will I find my soulmate?” It was “can I change my destiny?” And his response was – “Your destiny is much like a good book – it will only ever be a ood read, so long as it’s had a good edit.”

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Your daily practice should be something that resonates with your soul, and doesn’t go against the grain of your natural personality – otherwise it just becomes another thing to do that potentially stresses you, instead of regenerating you.

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