Stoke Your Vital Fire: Manipura (Chakras 101, Part 4 of 9)

Power + pain – oddly enough, these two strong feelings/states tend to go hand-in-hand.

You spend your life seeking the power + the inner confidence to push forward and be the awesome person you know you are (others just haven’t had a chance to see it yet). When you don’t have that willpower, you experience pain – mental, emotional, physical – from the lack of ability to be your genuine self 24/7.

Stoke Your Fire: Manipura (Chakras 101, Part 4 of 9) @ victoriaklein.net

Power is the focus of your third chakra, manipura. Located at your solar plexus (half way between your belly button and the bottom of your sternum), your willpower and self-understanding come from your inner fire – the element of your third chakra.

When you feel strong, focused, and driven, you stand up tall + strive forward. On the other hand, when you feel unsure, anxious, or timid, you probably feel a cold, heavy “weight” in your belly – that’s your manipura fire dying out.

Your inner fire needs to be stoked consistently to keep you focused + passionate about moving forward with your goals. The fire element also refers to your digestive fire, which keeps your entire body running efficiently + healthy (also vital for being able to put your dreams into action).

As with all of the 7 chakras, each chakra has a specific location along the back of your body, along with associated body parts, colors, natural elements, sounds, senses, asana poses, + key physical/mental symptoms to tell if that particular chakra is spinning efficiently (instead of slow or out-of-control).

Meet your Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura:

Location: Solar Plexus (half way between your belly button + the bottom of your sternum)

Associated Body Parts: Belly/core, digestive organs, mid-back (lumbar spine)

Color: Yellow

Element: Fire

Sound: RAM

Sense: Sight

Focus: Energy, willpower, self-definition, choosing an intention + making a plan

When Spinning Slowly, you may feel: Passive, lack of energy, lack of self-esteem, lack of discipline, poor digestion, submissive

When Spinning Too Quickly, you may feel: Dominating, ambitious, hyperactive, stubborn, controlling, competitive, addicted to sedatives

When Spinning Efficiently, you’ll feel: Responsible, reliable, disciplined, confident, warm, energetic, spontaneous, playful, humorous, willing to take risks, able to say no

Along with being a very important source of inner strength, your manipura chakra is also where you start to gain a deeper connection to not only your body, but also your mind + spirit. Your first two chakras are very primal + associated with your basic instincts. Your manpura chakra is where you begin to turn your instincts + natural passions into a positive direction for your life, acting from a place of personal purpose instead of a need to simply survive.

If you experience any of the symptoms of your manipura chakra spinning too slow or out-of-control (a.k.a. asshole ahoy!), there are a number of easy + delightful things you can do to help it return to spinning efficiently:

  • Live with Yellow: Have you ever wondered why sticky notes are yellow by default? Yellow is attention-grabbing + action-driven! When we’re kids, we often color the sun yellow because it’s full of happy, sunshine-fueled power. You get where I’m going with this: yellow stokes your inner fire + helps remind you to keep moving forward, so add a little more yellow to your life. Some ideas: a notebook by your computer, shoelaces in your favorite sneakers, your daily coffee/tea mug.
  • Let it Burn: Bring on the fire! When was the last time you sat by a burning flame? Candle, fireplace, outdoor pit; it doesn’t matter. The element of fire is often feared and rightfully so, because it can do some serious damage. On the other hand, fire is inspiring + passionate – two very important things for you to live a full life. Invite even the smallest of flames back into your life + see where the sparks take you.
  • Helpful Asana: As the chakra associated with digestion, the physical practices for your manipura chakra involve massaging, twisting, + creating space for your inner fire to keep burning strong + steady. Suggestions: Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation flow), Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow), Navasana (Boat), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes), Parighasana (Gate)

A fire can die just as quickly as it can be stoked back to life. Instead of playing the back + forth game with your manipura chakra, aim for a steady flame to bring your dreams to life.

Up nextAnahata a.k.a your Heart Chakra (stay tuned!)

Catching up? Read PART 1 + PART 2 + PART 3 in the Chakras 101 series.

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YOUR TURN!

When was the last time you sat by a FIRE (indoors or outdoors) + what did you most enjoy about it?

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6 comments… add one
  • Really enjoyed your post! Even though I’m familiar with this info, reading it today made me aware that my solar plexus chakra might be needing some attention right now so thank you!

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    • Thank you so much, Lyn! I’m delighted that you enjoyed my post – even though the info is familiar, being reminded is often refreshing. 🙂

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  • This is the area that I am the most aware of – it’s where I hold depression, stress, and I often have issues with digestion. Appreciate the tips!

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    • Thanks so much for your comment, Beth. Also, I can totally related to you – I have the same issues! I hope the tips help and if you need any extra insight, just ask 🙂

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  • Wow! This is fascinating, thank you, I’ve got to catch up on all the other chakras now 🙂

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    • You’re welcome, Elizabeth – thank you for visiting + commenting! I hope you enjoy my other posts about the previous chakras as well. There’s still 4 more chakras to go, as well as a great practice to link them all together 🙂

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