I always find it interesting when doing these chakra journeys how much my life at the time seems to parallel the chakra that we’re working on. This week we move to the third/solar plexus chakra or Manipura in Sanskrit. The element for Manipura is fire, so it is a very dynamic centre. It is about forward momentum and doing the things you need to do and taking the steps you need to take in order to get to where you want to go. The element for this chakra is fire. This month, but particularly this week for me has been about constant movement, one thing after the other . . . . go, go, go!! I love what I do, and I enjoy being busy, but I am finding that I am starting to feel a bit off balance.
“Energy and persistence conquer all things” is a quote by Benjamin Franklin that I have been using in class to illustrate the fact that there is a cycle within this chakra - something that I didn’t recognize in my past work in this area. Previously, I associated the solar plexus (where our personal power is stored) as an energy that is constantly moving and dynamic. But, I’ve realized that this just isn’t realistic. Everything that starts has an ending. Everything that moves needs to stop at some point to refuel. There is a cycle to everything and this is no different with this energy centre. Persistence and movement stokes our fire so we can move forward. But, staying still to rest, rejuvenate and build up our energy is just as important to keep the fire blazing and strong. Energy and persistence - movement and rest – is a constant cycle that needs to be balanced if we want to stay strong and progressive.
Phalakasana (plank pose) to support and open the Solar Plexus Chakra
Tejas Mandala Pranayama for the Solar Plexus Chakra
*** this breath technique uses a breath retention, so should not be practiced by those with hypertension, heart disease, asthma, ulcers or when pregnant. If you are new to a pranayama practice, breath retentions can be intense so please STOP if you feel any strain, irritation or cramping
This technique involves a three-part breath:
- inhale for a count of 6
- hold the breath (with the lungs full) for a count of 6
- exhale for a count of 6
Below is an audio recording of this technique that you can follow along to that includes a visualization for this energy centre.