Manipura the Navel Chakra
Manipura, the Third Chakra
Among the seven primary chakras, the Manipura Chakra is the third. Mani stands for gem and pura stands for city, meaning the manipura or city of jewels. In order to find this chakra, stand sideways in front of a mirror. Place one finger of one hand on your navel and one finger from the other hand, directly behind the spine. While sitting firmly press the finger on the spine for a minute and then remove the finger. Concentrate on the area a bit deeper in as the sensation of pressure continues. This is the point of the Manipura Chakra. A downward pointing red triangle within a circle encircled by 10 petals the color of heavy laden rain clouds the color of the blue lotus and with the letters Da to Pha represents this chakra. The element of fire is represented by the downward pointing triangle. This is the chakra of life force it is situated in the seat of the fire within the body. Its movement is upwards as the consuming flames of life. Since this chakra is located at the navel it is also known as the nabhi chakra. An individual is ruled by the Manipura Chakra between the ages of 14 and 21. This motivates an individual to develop their identity in the world and their ego. The domination of the third chakra results in striving to achieve personal recognition and power, even to the disadvantage of family and friends.
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Characteristics of the Manipura Chakra
This chakra relates to belonging, when it is open a person will feel that they belong to all things. It directly relates to the emotional life. With an open navel chakra there is a deeply fulfilling emotional life that is not overwhelming. Blocked feelings are a sign of this charka being closed. It may cause one to be unfeeling with no understanding of deeper emotional meanings. This chakra plays an essential role in relationships dealing with others, places, things, the world and the individual. The energy of the third chakra corresponds with our abilities to belong, connect and make long term intimate relationships. It relates to the home, family, country and so on. This chakra regulates the feelings of trust and contentment. The mantra seed for this chakra is RAM, the repetition of the bija mantra increases longevity and absorption as well as the senses of sight and the organs of the eyes. It rules our sense of willpower, personal power and autonomy and the metabolism. With a healthy navel chakra we are full of energy, efficiency and spontaneity without being dominating. The fire element relates to thirst, hunger, digestion, sleep and weariness. Achievement and supremacy is the desire. A balanced third chakra provides intelligence, determination, energy, confidence and a good mental focus, digestion and the ability to reproduce. The Manipura Chakra rules the upper abdomen, adrenals, muscles, liver, gall bladder, kidney, middle spine, stomach, small intestine, digestive system and the pancreas. The emotional and psychological issues and physical dysfunctions that result from an imbalanced navel chakra may include:
Fear of rejection
Lack of self esteem
Low blood pressure
Issues with self image
Inability to make decisions
Although there are no restrictions of diet when practicing the tantra, if the manipura is awakened when the diet is not pure the results can be less than desired. When the Manipura Chakra is to be awakened, the diet should be pure and then at various stages it may be necessary to fast.
Close your eyes and begin breathing deeply through your nose for both inhaling and exhaling. Be aware of your body while paying attention to the way you are breathing for around five minutes. Focus on the Manipura Chakra and begin breathing from it. As your energy grows stronger visualize it as a ball of yellow golden energy. For about 2 or 3 minutes, visualize the experience of it growing brighter. Allow your consciousness to move downwards and becoming centered in the yellow energy ball. You will feel yourself melting as you radiate and then a feeling of becoming fluid like water. You will experience a profound feeling of empathy as your consciousness radiates from that center. Empathy is a product of contentment and trust and allows you to experience the compassion for others who suffer with pain as well as your own feelings. Allow these feeling to flow through you as your surrender to them. This part of the meditation takes about ten minutes.
Balancing the Manipura Chakra
The yoga poses that build heat such as suryanamaskar the sun salutation and virabhadraasana the warrior work wonderfully for balancing the third chakra.
- Dhanurasana the Bow Begin by lying flat on your belly while resting your chin on the ground. Bend your knees while allowing your feet to come close to your buttocks. You will reach back and hold your ankles while squeezing your buttocks and pressing your pubic bone downwards. Lift your chest and head and press your feet back into your hands. This helps you lift the front of the body. You may lift your chest higher as your thighs lift up off the ground, you may rock back and forth and feel a pulsating of the belly area. Hold this pose for 30 to 60 seconds while you continue to breathe.
- Pawanmuktasana Put your legs together with your hands at your side. Bend you left leg and hold it with both hands. Press your thigh against your abdomen with interlaced fingers. For 5 breaths, breathe deeply. Come back to Shavasana. Repeat this process with the opposite side. Press both legs against your thighs hard and press against your abdomen. For 5 breaths, breathe deeply. Return, straighten your legs and relax.
- Chakrasana Lying on your back you will bend your knees holding them near your hips. Place your palms by the sides of your head while bending the elbows and fingers towards the body. Inhale, while slowly raising your body upward, resting the feet and the palms thereby causing the spine to curve. Hold this pose for a few seconds while breathing normally. Gradually increase your duration.
- Marjariasana Sitting in the position of buttocks inside the cupped soles of the feet or Vajrasana you will come to your knees while placing them the distance between the shoulders. Bend forward while placing your cupped palms against the ground below the shoulders. Stand on four legs while looking forward. Inhale slightly and raise your head and neck while stretching your backbone. Look up as high as possible. After stretching bend your backbone upwards, bringing your head between your hands. Forcefully exhale through your mouth and then close it. Slowly inhale. Come to the pose of backbone stretching again.
- Paschimottasana Sitting on the floor with your legs straight in front you will lower your arms to the thighs. Bend your body slowly forward. Try to grab the big toes with your fingers and thumbs. If you cannot, then hold onto the heels, ankles or legs. Keep the legs straight without using your back muscles. Using only your arms, pull the trunk lower, towards the legs. Without straining, try to touch your forehead to your knees. Remain in this position for as long as is comfortable while trying to relax your body and then return slowly to the starting position. Do not bend the knees. After practicing regularly for a few weeks or months you will be able to touch your knees with your forehead and maybe even your chin.
- Ustraasana While kneeling on the floor, place your knees apart at hip width and set your hips over your knees. Rotate your thighs internally to better isolate the hip flexor stretch. Then gently contract the lower abdomen to pelvic tilt with your tailbone down. This will draw your hips upwards towards the bottom of your front ribs. Place your hands on the back of your pelvis, the base of the palms will cross the tops of the buttocks causing the fingers to point downwards. Lengthen your lower back as the tailbone moves towards the pelvic tilt as if drawing it towards the pubis. Arching the back, inhale and roll your shoulders back by pressing your shoulder blades back and against the back of the ribs. When you feel comfortable and strong continue by twisting slightly to one side to place one hand on the back of one heel. Center the spine and place the other hand on the other heel. Press the thighs gently forward of being perpendicular if you need too. Position the hands with palms on the heels and fingers pointing over the bottom of the feet. The herbs that correspond to this chakra are cinnamon, carnation and marigold. Starchy foods are preferred by this chakra. The gemstones that associate with this chakra are amber, jasper, citrine, yellow tourmaline and golden topaz. The essential oils include chamomile, bergamot, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and golden yarrow.