Manipura: Solar Plexus Chakra
In July classes we will be working on bringing balance to Manipura in our practice of asana, breath work, hasta mudra (hand gestures), meditation and relaxation.
Manipura, the solar plexus chakra, is the third chakra and is located between the navel and the lower ribs. Manipura is associated with heat, vitality, ambition, power, courage and self-will. Responsible for storing and radiating prana (energy); like the sun radiating light, Manipura diffuses the prana around the body. Associated with the element of fire, often represented as a bright yellow lotus with 10 petals. The bija matra (sound vibration) is “Ram”.
When manipura is off balance, we may experience low self esteem or excess of ego. Physically, we may experience adrenal issues, intestinal disorders, arthritis or chronic fatigue. When manipura is balanced we feel energised, have a steady metabolism, good digestion, and strong will-power.
“Here, you summon the power to act. You know who you are, thanks to your first chakra. You know what you feel…thanks to the second. Now you know what to do. You take action (Pacheco, 2016).
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