MANIPURA CHAKRA: The Sun Centre
This is the chakra
associated with the navel – the point of connection with the mother and the act of physical creation, and also more
commonly with the Solar Plexus – the great nerve centre between the back of the stomach and the inside of the spine. It is into this centre that we focus as we practise yoga abdominal breathing. The ancients gave it this name meaning `City of Jewels` demonstrating its importance.
Traditionally the chakra
is described as having 10 grey petals although yellow – the colour of the sun – is often associated with this
chakra. Inside the circle of petals is a downward facing triangle regarded as
the fire region of the chakra, and the bija mantra is `ram`, the syllable of fire. The
animal is the horned ram; a male animal, and the deity is Rudra – the fearsome aspect of Shiva.
This chakra is also
intimately associated with breathing through its connection and nearness to the diaphragm.
Breath is life, and the physical body is there to manifest the attributes of life – action, movement etc. As the connecting region between the lower and upper regions of the body it also highlights
the aspect of balance in us. For perfect balance the mind and body must be working
together with full concentration, awareness and physical adjustment.
The aspects of this
chakra relate to the positive, `masculine` qualities such as competetiveness,
physical energy and power. The yogi who has control of this chakra is said to
gain perfect health from disease and to conquer death. If control is lost the
energy is wasted in anger and aggression.
Manipura chakra represents
the highest evolution of the physical body. For this reason Manipura chakra is
very important in the practise of asanas, the physical exercises. From here successive
chakras become more concerned with the psycho-spiritual aspects of our being.