Manipura ChakraThe Manipura Chakra is the third chakra and is located at the spine, directly behind the navel, or solar plexus. Manipura is considered the center of dynamism, energy, willpower and achievement, which radiates prana throughout the entire body. It’s associated with fire, digestion, the sense of sight, movement & the color yellow. Manipura is the center of intuition, a vague sense of knowing – hence the phrase ‘gut feeling’. As its associated with sight & movement, it is also associated with eyes and feet. In terms of the endocrine system, Manipura is associated with the pancreas & outer adrenal glands. These glands create important hormones involved in digestion, converting food into energy for the body, in the same way that Manipura radiates prana throughout the body. different practices for arousing and balancing the energies of Manipura include various asanas which work on that part of the body, pranayama, Uddiyana bandha.
Uddiyana Bandhaoo-dee-YAH-nah BAHN-dah uddiyana = upward (cf. ud = “up, upwards”) bandha = lock Anatomical Focus: Abdomen & Thorax Therapeutic Applications: Constipation & Ingestion Benefits: a) Strengthens the abdominal muscles and diaphragm b) Massages abdominal viscera, solar plexus and the heart & lungs c) Increases gastric fire, improves digestion, assimilation, elimination and purifies the digestive tract of toxins d) Stimulates blood circulation in the abdomen and blood flow to the brain e) Removes fatigue f) Gives lightness to movement g) Preliminary to cleansing -> Nauli Kriya (massaging all internal organs) h) Stimulates and lifts energy of the lower belly (apana vayu), to unite it with the energies localized in the navel (samana vayu) and heart (prana vayu). Contraindications and Cautions: 1. Stomach or intestinal ulcers 2. Hernia 3. High blood pressure 4. Heart disease 5. Glaucoma 6. Menstruation 7. Pregnancy If you’re interested, give me a call! See you later! ~*~