Manipura: Finding Our Power

Finding our Power 

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Location Associated Nerve Bundle Element Purpose Color Identity
Near the stomach Solar Plexus Fire Transformation Yellow Ego Identity

Our third chakra speaks to our vitality and our ability to accomplish all that we set out to do.  Manipura means “illustrious gem” and reflects our third chakra’s fiery energy.  In balance this chakra helps us honor our instincts and ‘gut’ wisdom; it assists in decision making and holds the key to self-confidence and personal empowerment. We have healthy self-esteem and self-worth. Out of balance, we may have poor posture. We may also lack the ability to trust ourselves or others. A week third chakra may manifest as a lack of personal power and a feeling of intimidation. When this chakra is imbalanced, we may engage in negative self-talk. Questions we might consider: 

  • When in my life did I feel the strongest and most empowered?
  • What is a positive attribute or gift that others tend to notice about me 

Healing Practices for Balance 

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Yep, that’s me in a biplane.

  • When this chakra is deficient, consider taking risks. Each day do one new thing that you wouldn’t normally do.
  • If this chakra is spinning too intensely, take time for deep relaxation and stress control.
  • Vigorous walks.
  • Yoga (of course!) – Yoga Nidra will promote deep relaxation. A spirited vinyasa will encourage a deficient chakra to spin faster.

 

Affirmations

photo-1528351655744-27cc30462816Affirmations are positive statements that can reframe our thinking and help us to overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations are repeated in the same way that we might do repetitive exercises for our body. Below I’ve listed a few affirmations that may support our third chakra. You can, of course, create your own affirmation; one that feels resonant and right for you. 

  • I honor the power within me.
  • The fire within me burns through all blocks and fears.
  • I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly.

Mudra

A mudra is a hand gesture that increases our ability to focus and may also energize specific areas in the body. The Rudra Mudra may help to balance our Manipura chakra

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Place your palms face up on your thighs. Touch the tips of the thumbs, index and ring fingers together, straightening through the pinky and middle fingers.

Asana

The Golden Seed sequence may support the health and wellness of our stomach area/solar plexus/third chakra by building strength and flexibility.  To begin, gather any props you may need – your yoga mat, blocks, bolster and blanket. Some poses, depending on your strength and flexibility, may require a chair. If you don’t have props, improvise! A bath towel can be your mat, books can double as blocks, a rolled beach towel can double as a bolster and a blanket.

This sequence can be done standing or seated. We’ll practice both. golden_seed_yoga_sequence___yoga.png

By now you are gathering a nice range of postures to practice at home. You can begin to explore building your own sequence. Remember to work at your own pace and to the appropriate depth. A bit of asana each day coupled with a few minutes of mediation supports our healing, our health and our well-being. 

 

 

 

Creative Expression  

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Our third chakra speaks to our personal power, our gut instinct and self-esteem. The following creative activities and suggestions may support our journey toward balance.

    • Write a story. If you had super powers, what would they be and why?
    • Power posing. Practice the power poses from this link: https://www.inc.com/business-insider/amy-cuddy-the-poses-that-will-boost-your-confidence.html
    • Working in teams, today we’re going to create our imaginary super hero.
      • Choose a partner and gather a sheet of paper, pencils and markers.
      • Discuss what super powers your super hero needs to possess.
      • Are they male, female or maybe from the animal kingdom?
      • Does your superhero have powers that we need to move through the world (kindness, generosity, confidence) or are their powers supernatural (the ability to fly) or a combination of both?
      • Once these decisions are made, work together to bring your super hero to life on paper. 
      • The practice is to work as a team and to allow both team-member’s power to shine.

 

Resources

I think I need to make it completely clear that these class handouts are not pieces of original work. I need to really thank Andrea Olsen for her beautiful book, Anodea Judith for her wealth of knowledge and Robert Butera for his clear writing and research. And I wouldn’t know Golden Seed existed had I not studied with the incredible teacher Paul Grilley.

  • Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide by Andrea Olsen
  • Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith
  • The Pure Heart of Yoga by Robert Butera

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