“Love handles” – the oblique abdominal muscles.

The sides or oblique abdominal muscles are governed by the second chakra: Svadhisthana.

This area is mainly associated with ideas, creative thoughts, and interpersonal relationships. All our ideas and concepts gather in this part of the body. However, it is essential not to confuse them with intentions and serious aspirations. Thoughts that arise in this area come from our mind and are fleeting. Intentions, on the other hand, have a more enduring nature and are linked to another part of the body.

To give an example – someone may have an idea for their own business, like opening a bakery. This is a long-term plan, and the energy that drives it also works in the long run. On the other hand, we can have various ideas about the color of the walls in that bakery, which are more transient and sometimes appear only for a moment.

Another source of accumulated energy in this area is interpersonal relationships. When our interactions with others do not align with our desires and self-image, this energy gathers in the oblique abdominal muscles. Thoughts that we suppress while in a relationship also accumulate in this region. When a person cannot express themselves fully in a relationship, this energy seeks to manifest and express itself in the body. Not without reason, the excess fat in the sides and waist area in English is called “love handles.”

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