Manipura Chakra Seat of Fire / Vitality / Control

Manipura is the “lustrous gem”, your seat of fire. It is the 3rd chakra (from base of spine upwards) and is located around the solar plexus/ diaphragm area. It is our fire element, yellow in vibrancy, it controls our digestive fire (appetite/ digestion/ metabolism) and also our sense of self- ie self control/ will/ esteem/ vitality. How we control our temper and moods is indicative of the health of this chakra, likewise, the nature of our attitude towards eating and diet also highlights balance or imbalance in this area. To find out if your manipura chakra needs nurturing and stabilising, answer the following questions. Just a warning, these questions may get a little personal- and require you to be true to yourself.

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Swadistana: Your feelings / desires

Swadistana means “sweetness”. The element is water. It is fluid, governs movement, emotions, urges, sexuality. It is located between the navel and genitals. Accordingly, the glands and organs that correspond to this chakra are those that govern sex and reproduction. The colour red resonates with this chakra, as does the mantra Vam

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Chakra tests and analyses

Chakra means wheel or disc. In yogic physiology, chakra also refers to energy centres. Whilst there are various chakra points located all over the body, we normally refer to the 7 situated along the shushumna (energetic equivalent of the spinal cord). Each newsletter over the next year, i will discuss a different chakra- you can do the test to see if yours is aligned, or a bit out of kilter.

Mooladhara Chakra- your base chakra

Mooladhara means “root support”. Mooladhara chakra is your survival chakra and related to the earth element. Whilst the study of yoga is often seen as a spiritual pursuit, it also emphasizes the importance of being grounded, staying connected with not only the earth, but your community, your job, family. From this strong foundation, the more lofty ideals will flourish. To find out if your mooladhara chakra is healthy or needs more work… answer this mini-quiz:

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