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Seed Sound: RAM
Manipura Chakra is found at the navel, at the area of the solar plexus. Representing the fire element, this energetic center controls agni. Agni is our digestive fire. It is the process in the body that transforms food into our physical body and experiences into knowledge.
There are 10 petals typically depicted with this chakra. And it’s basic function is power and energy.
Manipura Chakra is Associated with :
In Ayurveda, Agni is our digestive fire. With Manipura Chakra located right in our prime area of digestion, this represents our ability to transform food into our body. Not only is this fire responsible for food digestion and assimilation, but also for transforming information into knowledge. Located in our intestines, Agni is single-handedly the most important concept in Ayurvedic Health.
Agni is important because the food that we ingest is what becomes the substance of our physical bodies. Think about it, if you feed your body the most nutritious, whole, diverse food and it doesn’t digest it properly, then the product of that food may simply pass through, or the byproducts of the poor digestion can become Ama, which is an accumulated waste in the body that can have serious consequences.
Proper agni serves us as we can take nutritious food and turn it into our physical and subtle body. This is ultimate health.
In the classical Yoga tradition Tapas is a Niyama which also means fire or to burn. This means more of a spiritual offering or a practice. Tapas is a practice that helps to burn away past karma. I think of this as discipline. Our students like to think of tapas as “doing the thing when you don’t want to do the thing.” For instance, stepping on the yoga mat on a daily basis, or sitting in meditation when you’re just too tired.
It is in the daily discipline of yoga, pranayama, and meditation that we see true, positive changes in our lives and stress levels, so step into the fire and make it happen!
The Manipura chakra represents power. This is not power over other individuals, but maintaining our own power within ourselves. It is the power of our actions and reactions to the world around us.
We have complete autonomy over our choices. We may not be able to control the situations that present to us…as 2020 has clearly taught us. However, we have full power on how we approach the ups and downs of life.
Through strengthening this chakra we have faith that we are strong in our choices and we are resilient in the face of adversity.
Manipura chakra is our power-house of energy. Through the transformation of food into our physical body we build up our natural energy to complete our life’s work. With the right balance of digestion, we build up our radiance. Radiance is the ability approach your dharma with the right amount of energy and grace. Radiance is the soft glow of energy that allows us to spread joy as we support those that we care for. Radiant energy gives us the strength to stand firm in our truth and accomplish the work we were born to do.
The beautiful reality about being human is that we can recognize our need to grow, develop, and transform. Then we can make it happen.
Change uses external influences to modify actions, but transformation modifies beliefs so actions become natural and thereby achieve the desired result. Transformation is the ability to step forward on a cellular level to achieve the growth that we need on our journey.
Manipura chakra governs this innate desire to evolve to higher levels of understanding and action. Assisted by the power of the sun that resides in this area we have the confidence and energy to make necessary changes to advance our personality and to step into the truest expression of our Dharma, our life’s purpose.
Our self-esteem begins to form in the Manipura chakra. Along with our innate power and radiance, we establish our confidence to live in the world with ease, and we are able to stand up for ourselves when we are called to do so.
We recognize and appreciate our unique gifts and understand how to use them to benefit our communities. We understand that we are perfectly imperfect, and our mistakes are opportunities for learning and development.
Each one of us plays a part in the beautiful web of life and when we have the power to step into our roles, we all support the growth of those around us. We learn together, we evolve together and we can all support each other in this journey.
Folks with a strong Manipura Chakra demonstrate security in personal power, discipline, commitment, and stamina. They manifest good judgment and are confident in their decisions.
Weaker Manipura chakra problems present as personal power issues. People can experience a lack of confidence, inferiority complex, depression, suicidal tendencies, IBS or digestive tract disorders.
When Manipura chakra is malfunctioning, a person can experience low self-esteem, stubbornness, greed, lust for power, or being too controlling. Physically this may manifest as ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, or other digestive disorders.
To Strengthen Manipura Chakra:
Exercise. Get up and get moving. Activities that strengthen Manipura Chakra include jogging and core strengthening.
Modalities such as massage and bodywork can improve the functioning of the solar plexus.
Laughter is truly the best medicine for all chakra health. Spend time with a fun friend, read a funny book or relax into a funny movie, and allow the laughter to move into your belly, and just let loose!
Take a vacation and allow yourself to relax in your favorite activities. Give yourself permission to not be productive for a significant amount of time.
You can use positive affirmations to increase your strength in this energetic center. Affirmations are highly personal, but some suggestions include: “I control my actions.” or “I embrace my radiance and strength.”
Meditating on the Bija sound RAM, the sun, or a flame can help to bring balance to this area of fire.
Herbs that may benefit the Manipura Chakra include: Chamomile, Mint, Aloe leaf, Dill, Cumin, Fennel, Anise, Ginger, Chilies, or Asafoetida. Herbs are excellent because they benefit the physical and subtle body. Connect with your Ayurvedic Practitioner to see if these herbs are appropriate for you!
If you like Aromatherapy, this blend from Plant Therapy is uh-mazing. It’s a yummy blend of Black Pepper, Cardamom, Davana and Pink Grapefruit.
Journaling questions for Manipura Chakra
1. Do you feel like your life has a purpose? If so, what is it and how does it drive your decisions?
2. Write about something that is a “have to.” Why do you feel this way and what will happen if you don’t do it?
3. Write about a time where you rebelled against a rule of a situation in your life? How did you grow as a result of this?
Manipura chakra is the seat of our power. It is the space where fire burns to develop our self-esteem and will to live a full and purposeful life. With a strong and vibrant Manipura Chakra we embody our strength and radience.