The Third Chakra: Power

Manipura, "lustrous gem," the third chakra

Manipura, meaning “lustrous gem,” is the third chakra and is located at the solar plexus (between belly button and bottom of rib cage). It is symbolized by the color yellow and a triangle within a lotus with ten petals. Its issues are personal power, self esteem, willfulness and energy, and it is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. A healthy balance in the Manipura Chakra would be shown as having motivation, purpose, and confidence.

Affirmation:

May I be able to honor myself, be who I am in the world, and express that power without fear.

Yoga Poses to Activate this Chakra:

Bow
Seated forward bend
Upward boat
Inclined plane
Warrior I
Warrior II
Half circle

Yoga Practices to Activate this Chakra:

Mudra: Surya
Mantra: Ram
Yoga Path: Karma

 

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