The 3rd Chakra
As I mentioned previously, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:
**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.**
*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*
(Photo from www.chakra-anatomy.com)
The Third Chakra is also called the Solar Plexus Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Manipura, which means *Lustrous Gem”. It is located at the navel center. This chakra gathers the energy from the lower triangle of first three chakras to the upper chakras, which we will be learning about in future columns.
The color of this chakra is yellow, it’s element is Fire and it is considered a “masculine” chakra.
The Third Chakra is responsible for your ability to act, accomplish and achieve.
It is your source of energy, helps to turn negatives into positives and ignites your power, both internal and external.
When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel competent, confident and balanced. You are sure of your sense of self, who you are. You will feel connected, open to opinions. You will have good digestion, feeling healthy, energetic, powerful and in complete control of your life.
(Photo found at pinterest.com)
Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will feel a sense of powerlessness. You will feel angry and full of rage. You are withdrawn, cold and indecisive. You feel judgmental toward others with a sense of moral superiority and a need to control and manipulate others.
Some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your solar plexus chakra are spinal twists and alternate leg lifts. I would also suggest Camel Pose and Stretch Pose.
Camel Pose – Photo from yogasphere.net
Stretch Pose – Photo from libraryofteachings.com
For this chakra, you can do the following breath meditation:
**Sit in easy pose (or comfortably in a straight chair, feet on floor), Focus your eyes on the tip of your nose. Focus on your breath, feel it going in and out, nice and easy. Quiet your mind. As you inhale, visualize a bright yellow light entering your solar plexus area, filling you up and nourishing you with it’s radiant golden healing energy, infusing your entire body, mind and spirit. As you exhale, feel its’ warmth surrounding you.**
After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Until next month, when we continue with the Fourth Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.