THIRD CHAKRA - MANIPURA (NAVEL)

Color: Yellow

Sound: Ram

Element: Fire (agni tattva)

This chakra is the centre of inner power, self-esteem, warrior energy, ambitious drive and assertiveness. It also governs digestion and metabolism.

A healthy, spirited third chakra helps us to take risks, assert our will and assume responsibility for our life. This chakra is also the place of our deep belly laughter, warmth, ease and the vitality that we receive from doing selfless service. People with a fully functioning manipura chakra stand tall and move forward through life with grace, knowing what they want and taking steps toward achieving their goals.

Digestive problems, eating disorders, feeling like a victim or low self-esteem could be indications of a deficient third chakra. This kind of people while they know what they want, they never take steps to attain their goals.

Perfectionism, overly competitive personality, anger, hatred and too much emphasis on power, status, and recognition reveal an excessive third chakra. This kind of people constantly need to prove themselves.

Yoga poses to balance the manipura chakra: For deficiency in third chakra practice Surya Namaskar(Sun Salutation), Navasana (Boat Pose), UrdhvaPrasarita Padasana (Leg Lifts), Warrior poses, twists and Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath or Breath of Fire). For an excessive third chakra practice restorative, passive backbends that cool off the belly's fire act.

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