Last week, I wrote about finding your voice through a focus on the Throat Chakra or Vishuddhi. Today, we’ll look at the third chakra, Manipura.
Manipura is located in the space around the navel and solar plexus. It governs our power centre. When we utilize power from a place of love, intention and respect, our movements in life and on our mat become much more controlled and focused. When we tune in to this space of power, we can become much more grounded and secure in our relationships and in our true self.
When we are more connected to our true self, it can help us better tune into and vocalize our hopes, dreams and fears in productive and beneficial ways. Thus, I contend that while all chakras are connected, there is a special connection that exists between Vishuddhi and Manipura. When we are aware of and can use our inner power effectively, our voice becomes clearer and we are better able to understand ourselves and others.
All this being said, the word “power” carries a complex nature about it. It suggests that someone has control over another person, thing or situation, thus creating a dynamic where there is someone or something weaker. We fight for power and the powerful in our cultures hold a particular status. In addition, we have many examples where power has been abused. Thus, it is especially important to take care when cultivating this space.
For those with deficiencies in the third chakra, you might find eating disorders, martyrdom or trouble expressing emotions in healthy ways. For those with an excessive third chakra, you might see anger and overemphasis on control and power over others.
For those with deficiencies, particular asanas can help, including Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), Virabhandrasana I, II and III (Warrior Poses I, II and III), and Navasana (Boat Pose). For those with excessive Manipura, restorative supported backbends can be helpful. One can also focus and meditate on the colour yellow (Manipura is also called “the lustrous gem” and is associated with the colour yellow).
Finding balance in the third chakra can only benefit us as we continue our journeys to the truth of who we really are.
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