The third chakra
A series about the 8 chakras of Kundalini Yoga - Navel Chakra
The journey of the chakras continues …
… with the third chakra, also known as the navel or solar plexus chakra. The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Manipura. Manipura translates as “city of jewels."
The third chakra can be located in the area of the navel point to just above the solar plexus, also known as the “sun network”. On a physical level several organs are assigned to this chakra: liver, gall bladder, spleen, digestive organs, pancreas, adrenal glands and solar plexus. In terms of color, we are now at the color yellow. Together with the first and second chakra, the lower triangle is completed by the navel chakra. Central issues within this chakra are action as well as balance, thought patterns and beliefs, personality, power, willpower and control.
More specifically, the third chakra is the center of energy and willpower, which comes together with a sense of coordination and control. The basic energetic balance is massively influenced by the third chakra. The mentioned topics are linked to the self-conception you have as a human being and your personal power and strength. This is your driving force, which ultimately brings you into action - also to realize your own ideas. Ideally, the topic of power expresses itself through self-confidence, integrity and the ability to act. 💪🏽
A central concept here is also personality. Within this chakra your experiences and complex emotions are digested and translated into a mental structure. This is also where the relationship to the digestive organs becomes visible. Your own mental concepts emerge, which in turn are fundamental for the processing of conscious and unconscious experiences. A mental structure of thoughts and beliefs is formed, which then develops into the self-perception of your own personality. Thus, in addition to all life experiences, your own identity or a collection of different identities is formed. Through the solar plexus chakra you can get access to these identities - in the form of fears and deep-seated unconscious thought and behavior patterns. Furthermore, your own personality is THE possibility to let the light of your soul radiate into the world. ✨
The third chakra is also identified as the gateway to the fourth chakra, where the space of the unconscious is left. This unconscious is concentrated in the entire lower triangle. The heart centre in the fourth chakra marks the starting point for the consciousness. In the solar plexus chakra the subconscious as well as the gut feeling is processed.
Navel center & it’s power
Let’s take a closer look at the navel centre, which can also be seen as a symbol for the beginning. The navel point is the first point through which a person is nourished, i.e. supplied with energy. After birth, this navel point, which still exists, serves to absorb cosmic energy.
It is also interesting to note the positive effect that the alternate movement of arms and legs has on our system, such as when we go for a walk. This is because energy is accumulated at the navel point, which is accordingly available to us. The third chakra therefore also houses the energy reserve of the body. In addition, from the navel point the Kundalini energy is set in motion and sent on its journey upwards. With this power we can penetrate into the higher levels of consciousness, which lie above the navel chakra. On this basis it also makes sense that it is important to stimulate, strengthen and finally distribute the energy at the navel point. This can be done, for example, through the Kundalini Yoga Asana “Stretching Pose”, which can be performed for a few minutes directly in the morning to stimulate the energy. It is also related to the feeling for the presence of sufficient energy to support your own actions. This energy can then be projected with willpower to encourage action.
Totally in balance 💛
This third chakra also represents the need and the drive to realize your own ideas and wishes, to master challenges and to test yourself. It gives you strength for change, discipline and self-transformation - besides the need for control.
When you have mastered the third chakra, you have gained the knowledge of how to initiate and end an action. You are able to recognize your own mission and create enough energy to act so that this mission can be accomplished. Furthermore, you are connected to your higher consciousness and use your fearlessness to act with integrity, regardless of the conditions.
With a well-functioning, open navel chakra, your own life as well as the quality of life is dependent on your own actions. Often you can find so-called “doers” or “action people” who are seldom calm, because they do a lot and are in action. Even weak intentions generate actions. The actions from this chakra are focused and characterized by tactical intelligence. Thus, goals can be achieved despite possible obstacles and emerging challenges do not become a barrier.
It is the ability to direct, shape and develop what happens in life, which ultimately leads to deep trust and a feeling of security. This can also explain why these people are often perceived by others as being at peace with themselves and having strong nerves. A dominance in the third chakra also ensures exuberance and expression. There is a relationship to your own feelings, which are also used to achieve your goals. The own feelings can be reflected in an enriching way and stressful situations can be approached in a concentrated and peaceful way. In addition, the ideas about your own abilities are very realistic and also your opinion is lived out in a healthy way. People take responsibility and cannot be manipulated. They have found their place in life and are about to fulfil their mission. They also possess a high degree of integrity and decision-making ability and can set themselves apart from the environment in a healthy way. Their own strengths and weaknesses are known by themselves. Their self-esteem is healthy and they have the ability for self-reflection and discipline. Basically you can meet here adult, mature personalities who have integrated their “inner child”.
Not enough energy…
If there is too little energy in the navel chakra or if it is disturbed, this can have various effects on the individual life.
This feeling of lack of energy leads to a recourse to other energy sources (for example through drugs or food), through which new energy can be accumulated. It should be obvious that this kind of energy supply is rather of an unhealthy nature. An urge to compensate is also being exerted through this.
Additionally, although there are good ideas and intentions, they are not put into practice. This is due to the lack of energy, which prevents the action from taking place. Also the emotional-mental processing of experiences can be blocked, which leads to an overwhelming of experiences and feelings. This in turn leads to a suppression of emotional expressions with the attempt of control and rationalisation. Often an undersupply or disturbance of this chakra also leads to being overwhelmed by the challenges of life, desperation, anger, fear and weakness of will. The world is then perceived much more through a filter of powerlessness and worthlessness. This results in a pronounced emotional instability. A movement between the extremes of control mania on the one hand and letting oneself go on the other can be experienced. In addition, these people may see themselves more as victims and feel neglected, in dependencies, envious and embittered. The self-image is shaped by negative convictions and eventually leads to a loss of self-worth and in extreme cases even to self-hatred. This chakra can also become (over)active when another chakra is overloaded.
The element fire 🔥
This chakra is associated with the element fire. This symbolises the willingness to set things in motion. Very well known in Kundalini Yoga is the breath of fire, which supplies your third chakra with energy and also has a detoxifying function.
Can you see it?
The sense associated with the navel chakra is seeing. This power of seeing is linked to the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Vision is also about visualizing personal goals and creating concrete images. In this way a sense of focus and will can be created. It also stands for looking out into the world and then enables a comparison with the self-concept. Finally, vision then also creates a feeling of control. 👁️
What I consider particularly exciting here is spiritual vision. It enables you to perceive the emotional-mental field that surrounds you and to feel the energies of the people around you in an intuitive way. Fascinating! 🌟
Main characteristics of the navel chakra
- Sanskrit: Manipura
- Position: Area of the navel center, solar plexus
- Color: Yellow
- Element: Water
- Psychological function: Self-definition
- Challenge: Shame
- Ego Identity
- “I do.” / “I have the right to act.”
Kundalini Yoga & Manipura
Manipura can also be activated, balanced and reconnected to the other equally important chakras through certain asanas from Kundalini Yoga. Here you find again a list of exercises that are especially interesting for the Manipura:
- Stretch Pose
- Sat Kriya
- Peacock position
- Archer Pose
- Fish Pose
- Uddiyana Bandh (Diaphragm lock)
- Breath of Fire
- all exercises that train the abdominal muscles
In general I would like to point out, as every time, that this list is not a “panacea” and you have to look for yourself what works and what doesn’t, where your individual possibilities and limits lie! It can serve as a help, which you are welcome to try out if you feel like working on your third chakra.
Within a Kundalini Yoga session usually different chakras are touched and activated, often with a focus. If you would like to know more about this or if you would like to book a Kundalini Yoga session with me on a specific chakra or topic, please feel free to send me an email as usual. ✉️