IManipura or Manipuraka Chakra is the third chakra among the seven, according to the Hindu tradition. The Sanskrit word Manipura is made of two separate Sanskrit words, Mani and Pura where Mani means jewel and Pura means city. Together they stand for ‘jewel city’. This chakra is also called as navel or solar plexus chakra by many.
Kshetram: After passing through the two primary chakras, Muladhara and Swadishthana, the human consciousness reaches its next or third step, Manipura Chakra. The consciousness will reach this level i.e. Manipura Chakra only when it has triumphed over the negativities of Svadhishthana Chakra. The Kshetram or location of this chakra is at the navel level, just above the celiac plexus or solar plexus right on the spinal column.
Symbol: The Manipura Chakra is represented by an inverted red triangle within a yellow circle having 10 dark petals. The red triangle symbolizes the tattva or principle of fire.
Associated Endocrine Gland: Manipura chakra is associated with the endocrine gland, pancreas as well as the adrenal cortex as these glands convert food into powerful energy for the entire body just as the chakra sends out prana throughout the body.
Seed Mantra or Bija Mantra: The bija or seed mantra of Manipura Chakra is ‘ram’ or rang that sounds more like ‘rom’. This is a fire seed mantra of shining red colour. Chanting of this mantra results in accepting yourself, your abilities and being confident about who you are.
Qualities of a Manipura Chakra: This is the chakra of willpower, of human consciousness. Being the meeting point of Prana and Apana, Manipura chakra controls how proper nourishment shall be distributed in the body. While this chakra is considered to work as the source of a warrior energy working towards the power to transform inertia into activeness, it also balances digestion and body metabolism.
Features of an Unbalanced Manipura Chakra: Human beings with an inadequate third chakra showcase signs of eating disorders, low self-esteem, dis-empowered or even self-victimization. They take very little interest in being in control of their lives as they let it flow as it pleases. Whereas people with excessively active Manipura chakra may experience anger, status, recognition, hatred, perfectionism often resulting in sudden emotional outbursts as well as prolonged mental stresses.
Features of a Balanced Manipura Chakra: Features of a balanced Manipura chakra are self-confidence, power, self-awareness, the power to take decisions. The power to choose is the core keyword of a balanced third chakra. It means reactiveness. People with a balanced third chakra will never be afraid of risk-taking; rather, they will be eager to calculate their risks before making a choice. And, being aware of themselves, they will eventually make great decisions all throughout their life.
Suggested Poses: Sun salutation or Surya Namaskar, Boat Pose or Navasana, Half Boat Pose or Ardha Navasana, Leg Lifts (Urdhva Prasarita Padasana), Warrior Poses, Bellows Breath or Breath of Fire (Bhastrika Pranayama) and Twists are some of the recommended poses to attain a balanced third chakra.
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