Written by Stasa Misic

How to get rid of the feeling of inferiority, strengthen the will and take the initiative?

Focus on MANIPURA – the solar plexus.

Manipura represents who we are, the center of personal power, self-confidence and identity.

How do we know that our third chakra is out of balance?

The blockage of this chakra is expressed through fear, anxiety, selfishness, manipulation, feelings of inferiority, shame.

Physical indicators of disorders in this energy center are: stomach problems, liver, spleen and gallbladder diseases, digestive problems, back pain, nerve damage, diabetes, obesity, anorexia, bulimia and arthritis.We feel paralyzed and have no sense of self-worth. Prone to stress because there is no strength to deal with daily challenges.

If this chakra is in balance, it gives us the will of a spiritual soldier, we become fearless, strong, self-confident, able to face any situation. We are well connected to our higher self and know that we always have support from above and, thus, move forward boldly in pursuit of our goals.

This center is most exposed to external influences because it is in charge of receiving energy and information from the environment and processing them. As a result, this center is contaminated and blocked in most people because we are constantly exposed to environmental pressures that we do not have time to deal with properly. This especially applies to people who experienced traumas and unpleasant experiences in childhood which they have not coped with.This manifests as accumulated energy blockages that can cause stomach problems later.

As our level of consciousness grows, so does the energy of the solar plexus, and blockages are released and better flow occurs in this center.

When this center is in balance we shine from within like the sun and we spread that light around us. We feel the power from within and have no need to compare and compete with others. Instead, we discuss and cooperate with other people, which is a clear sign that we are confident in ourselves and our choices.

Some yogic positions that can help us release the flow of energy in our third chakra, boost our confidence and self-respect, increase our will power and improve the functioning of the digestive system, stomach, bile, liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, small intestine, muscles are:      

1. Adhomukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog

Benefits on physical level:It strengthens arms and legs, stretches hamstrings and shoulders, and energizes the body.

2. Ardhamatsyendrasana – Half Sage Matsyendra Posture

Benefits on physical level:It helps the spine, shoulder and neck become more flexible. It massages the abdominal organs, removes belly fat, improves digestion and increases blood circulation in the pelvic region.

3. Virabhadrasana – 1 – Warrior Posture

Benefits on physical level:It helps in expansion of the chest region. It strengthens the arms, neck, shoulders and knees.

4. Trikoṇasana Parivrtti – Triangle PostureTwist

Benefits on physical level:It helps in strengthening the abdominal muscles and organs and improves the digestive system.

5. Naukasana: Boat Posture

Benefits on physical level:It works on all the organs in the abdominal area to function effectively. It stimulates the digestive and nervous system.

Note: If you have any health issues, consult your doctor and yoga instructor before workouts.

Staša is Mohanji Acharya and a certified yoga teacher of Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga.

She lives and works in Novi Sad, Serbia.

If you want to book online classes with Staša, please contact: smishic@yahoo.com

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