3rd Chakra: MANIPURA

Navel Chakra

MEANING: "city of jewels"(mani= jewel; pura = city)
LOCATION: behind navel
KSHETRAM: navel
COLOR: yellow
TATTWA (ELEMENT): fire (agni)
TANMATRA (SENSE): sight
JNANENDRIYA (SENSE ORGAN): eyes
KARMENDRIYA (WORK ORGAN): feet
PRANA VAYU: samana
KOSHA: pranamaya
NO OF PETALS: 10
YANTRA: red inverted triangle
ANIMAL: ram
DEVI: Lakshmi or Lakini
DEVA: Rudra
BEEJA MANTRA: RAM
NADA (INNER SOUND): sound of a harp
VOWEL SOUND: ah as in father
PHYSIOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: upper abdomen, digestive system (stomach, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, adrenals, small intestine), the sympathetic nervous system
DHATU (TISSUE): flesh
NEUROLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: solar plexus
ENDOCRINOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: adrenal glands/ pancreas
PSYCOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: personal power, will, vitality and stamina, mental understanding of emotions, self-image, self-esteem, energy, responsibility, thought, success, ego, issues of control
RIGHTS: to act
HUMAN TALENT: commitment
DEMON: anger, greed
SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE: lessons related to the ego and self-esteem
DEFICIENT: low energy, weak will, poor self-esteem, timidity, issues with self image and fear of rejection, inability to make decisions, poor self-discipline, victim mentality, emotional and physical coldness; arthritis, low blood pressure, hepatitis, hypoglycemia, obesity, poor digestion; addiction to stimulating substances
EXCESSIVE: aggressiveness, anger, hatred, rage, need to be in control, too much emphasis on power, status, and recognition, excessive competitiveness, perfectionism, inability to slow down, stubbornness, judgmental, critical; high blood pressure, fevers, inflammation, eczema, gallstones, gastritis, stomach ulcers, hyperglycemia, insomnia, anxiety caused by too much energy not directed by will, craving for sedative substances, “bully belly” - excessive weight around the middle
OTHER PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTIONS: chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, problems with stomach and liver, colon and intestinal problems, diabetes (pancreas –usually excessive, sometimes deficient), pancreatitis, adrenal imbalances, skin conditions connected to the liver.
BALANCED: feeling of tranquility and inner harmony, self-acceptance, confidence, respect for the nature and emotions of others, feeling of unity with the rest of humanity, spontaneity, sense of humour, good digestion, mental focus, ability to meet challenges, sufficient energy and confidence, intelligence decisiveness, responsibility
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: 18 months to 4 years
LIFE PERIODS: 15-21 y.old, 65-71 y.old, as well as 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 38, 45 y.old
PLANET: Sun, Mars
GEMSTONES: citrine, jasper, golden topaz, yellow tourmaline, tiger's eye, peridot
ESSENTIAL OILS: black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, coriander, hyssop, juniper, lime, marjoram
FOODS: pastas, breads, cereal, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds; dairy products; ginger, mints, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel; any hot food; smoked, sun-dried, hot and spicy

HEALING STRATEGY

• HATHA YOGA PRACTICE: To activate deficient Manipura practice vinyasas like Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) and heat building poses like Warriors (Virabhadrasana), backbends like Bow (Dhanurasana), abdominal strengtheners like Boat (Navasana) and any spinal/abdominal twists. Restorative, passive backbends and sheetali pranayama help to cool off the belly fire.

• Asserting your power and will – make a list of goals and purposes for the week/ next 5 years/ lifetime (overall goals)
• Self-discipline and self-esteem – you formulated your will, now take action
• Taking Risk – pushing the edge of physical limitation/ emotional confrontations
• Breaking Inertia - do something very active once a day if you are sluggish; be still if you are hyperactive
• Resistance – if straining with effort – stop, ask “why?” (ask your inner child), compensate by responding to the need in a healthier way
• Breaking Attachments - if after reasonable effort, something is not manifesting, let it go
• Learning – knowledge is power: increasing and storing information + developing focus and attention
• Releasing Blocked Anger – towel squeeze, punching bag (avoid if prone to rage)
• Laugh and Play - laugh at a situation to get power over it; allow the playful child to come out in you
• Liver cleanse

• Sankalpa (choose one or formulate your own):
I am powerful, capable and strong.
I claim my personal power and accept responsibility for all areas of my life.
I welcome opportunities to fulfill my highest potential.
I receive the power of the Universe and use it for my higher good and the higher good of all.
I am self-assertive in all my dealings with others, whether in conflict or accord.
I step into my authentic power and enjoy being who I truly am.
I accomplish whatever I wish to do easily and effortlessly.

 

 

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Asanas

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Pranayama

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