Yoga Practice Activates the Seven Chakras (Part 3)
"To be a brave man is to learn to be sincere in every moment of life."
Solar plexus chakra
After the first chakra enters your body and the second chakra puts your core in place between heaven and earth, the next step is to activate your energy body and guide the energy correctly. This is the top priority. We will introduce them in detail from all aspects of their history, function, appearance, and connection to the body.
Now, in the third chakra, we add the third point to the two points and lines we discussed in Chakra II, define an area with the third point, find more space in your inner temple, and Kundalini starts to dance and build energy.
The first chakra is about getting your car on and learning how to operate it. The second chakra is about getting your car moving. You can push the car down the mountain. As long as there are no obstacles and the road goes down, it will go down all the way. But to succeed to a destination, you need a way to drive the vehicle and have an engine to keep its energy so that it can go uphill or accelerate if necessary. This is the task located in the solar plexus, commonly known as the energy chakra.
Let's look at it from another perspective: the first chakra gives you the foundation, gives you land that takes root to reach the stars. Without a solid state of matter, you have no edge or critical point of control, no way to build energy, and nothing to push up.
In the second chakra, you let matter move your body, joints, breathing, emotions, and life energy.
The faster you move, the more heat you generate. This heat is caused by friction: matter moves relative to matter.
So matter and movement combine to produce the element of the third chakra, which is fire.
In Vedic mythology, Agni is the god of fire. His name is the first word in the oldest text, Rigveda. He is the kindling of the most primitive fire, from whom we get the Samadhi true fire. He gets the sacrifice, he is forever young, and the flame of life constantly renews his energy. His carrier is with the third chakra, Ram. Summon Agni as you begin your third chakra practice to enlighten you with the energy of fire.
Having a strong inner fire will give you inspiration for anything in your life. In yoga, the inner fire is called tapas and is a fire generated through practice, discipline, asceticism, concentration, focused activities, and personal will. Once generated, tapas become a spiritual fire that burns our obstacles. As one of the principles of yoga, tapas is often combined with Svadhyaya, Isvara, and Pranidhana.
The seed spell RAM corresponds to the third round.
Located above the navel and in the solar plexus, Manipura is translated from Sanskrit as "City of Jewels" and "Brilliant Gems." Manipura is usually associated with the color yellow, blue in the classical secret law, and red in the guardian tradition.
Manipura is closely related to fire and the power of change. It is the home of fire and strong winds and dark clouds, controlling digestion and metabolism. Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu (energies flowing inward and outward) converge in a balanced system.
Manipura is the location of the celiac plexus, which governs most of the digestive system. In this regard, based on the work of the wheel, medicine practitioners promote healthy digestion and eliminate pancreatic-kidney and adrenal function. The weak Agni (fire) in the celiac plexus can cause incomplete digestion of food, thoughts, and emotions and is the source of ama (poison).
The umbilical wheel icon has a downward red triangle, marking the truth fire, inside a bright yellow circle, with 10 dark blue or black petals like heavy loading rain clouds.
The area of fire (Vahni) represents flashing red, with four arms holding rosary beads and spears. Vahni makes gestures to show gifts or favors and eliminate fear. He sits on the ram representing Manipura. Later, Hindu Agni was quoted over time and changed. So, the spell to wake up the third chakra is Ram. It's really amazing. When you practice asana, you can sing ram silently to stimulate the fire element.
The ten petals of Manipura are dark blue or black, like dark clouds, with syllables a, ha, a, ta, tha, da, DHA, na, pa, and pha; they are dark blue. These petals correspond to Vrittis's spiritual ignorance of thirst, jealousy, betrayal, shame, fear, disgust, illusion, ignorance, and sadness.
The petals represent the ten Pranas (life energy) regulated by Manipura Chakra. The five Prana Vayus are life energy (narrow sense) Prana, downward gas Apana, upward gas Udana, parallel gas Samana and pervasive gas Vyana.
There are also five secondary upaprānas or upavāyus, namely nāga, kārma, kara, Devadatta, and Dhananjay. Nāga eliminates pressure on the abdomen by belching; kārma controls eyelid activity and prevents foreign bodies from entering the eyes. It also controls the pupil size and prevents strong light from irritating the eyeball; kara prevents foreign bodies from entering the throat along the nasal passages by sneezing and coughing; Devadatta causes yawning and induces sleep; Dhananjay makes mucus and nourishes the body. Even after death, it stays in the body, sometimes causing the body to swell.
Manipura is considered central vitality, energy, willpower, and achievement, delivering life energy to the entire human body. It is related to the power of fire and digestion, as well as visual and motor movements. Through meditation Manipura, people gain the power to save, change or destroy the world.
Connection with the body
The location of the Manipura is said to be located behind the navel or solar plexus. Sometimes, when it is located at the navel, the second chakra is located in the solar plexus, called the Surya (Sun) chakra, whose role is to absorb and absorb the Prana in the sun. Related to vision, related to eyes, related to movement, related to feet.
Manipura is thought to be associated with the pancreas and the extra-adrenal glands (adrenal cortex) in the endocrine system. These glands produce important hormones that participate in digestion, converting food into energy for the body, just as Manipura radiates life energy throughout the body.
In kundalini and classical Hada Yoga, the different practices used to stimulate and balance the energy of Manipura include a variety of asanas. These include Uddiyana Bandha, Agnisara Kriya (retracting and releasing the abdomen in a throat lock state), Naur force. Other prana and handprints stimulate prana and Apana, where the ascending qi is combined with the descending qi. The asanas have warrior sequences with variants, including triangles, side corners, half-moon, flat plates. Side flat plates, boat style, anti-table style, locusts, bow style, etc.
Cultivate the fire in the body
We now try to rub the open palm vigorously for about 30 seconds. Notice how this generates heat. It requires the right combination of resistance and freedom to generate heat. If you move too little when rubbing your hands, or the palm is not pressed hard enough, you will not generate too much heat. Too much movement and energy are dispersed. Too much containment and energy cannot be started. This combination of substance and movement is the combined nature of Chakra One and Chakra Two. Together they create the fire of the third chakra.
Move your body quickly, and you will warm up. Things start to get easier, which is why a good yoga class always starts with a warm-up. Your joints lubricate, your cells metabolize, and you may even sweat. Energy is generated and released, and the rest of the exercise involves channeling energy into different parts of the body. This is the third chakra in action.
The subtle body where the chakra is located is often called the energy body because it consists of subtle energy or life energy. Chakras deal with life energy, just like the capacitors and resistors of electronic devices. Chakras either increase energy or slow down energy. Chakras are not a source of energy, but they are organizers and managers. Energy is inside you, but, like a furnace, it needs to be ignited and channeled properly.
Activating your energy body means igniting the life energy within you and distributing it wherever you want to go - guided by your will. This awakens your will as an inner guide, directing your energy up or down the spine, moving it into your core, or extending it to your limbs. Energy is the fuel for action and the flame of the third chakra. Without energy, there is no power in the will. The intention is not fulfilled, and the power of the will is weakened.
Generating energy in your practice is to find the right combination of resistance and freedom, mastery and release, persistence, and abandonment. This is the art of yoga. Its goal is to master: to master yourself and your life. All it takes is awareness, effort, and years of practice.
Energy and control
Humans are the only animals that control fire. Only we have the ability to make complex acts of will. Only we can transcend our instincts and choose to evolve and change our world. As humans evolve, we are now in a place where individuals have more power than at any time in history. With this power, we can save or destroy our world. What do we do with this power? While the answers to this question are varied, yoga practitioners develop their power for mastery. If activating the energy body is the task of the third chakra, mastery is its ultimate goal. This is achieved through the precise combination of will and abandonment, purpose, and practice - honed and nurtured over time. Mastery is the transformation of intention into reality, living with ease, and establishing your life goals. More importantly, mastery can easily achieve your will.
If a portrait painter captures a portrait of a child's face and draws a few strokes quickly, you would say that he is a master painter. A good singer or piano player can be completely immersed in the music because the collaborative work of singing or playing no longer requires full effort or concentration. The real master is created effortlessly. The yoga master shows the asana gracefully to make it look easy. But, achieving this goal requires diligent practice.
In Yoga practice, mastery occurs when years of effort and practice reach a point of ease. "In Yoga Sutra 2.47, Patanjali says:" When the completion of an asana becomes effortless, the asana reaches perfection, and the practitioner will reach the infinite existence within. "In Yoga terminology, this is a combination of effort and detachment. We practice with focused awareness but also do not cling to a certain goal.
Practice requires a high degree of effort and self-discipline. It requires a strong will to take you to an effortless point after months or years of hard work. Over time, it becomes easier; there is more appreciation for the subtleties of what you are doing. There is more elegance and enjoyment in the process, and therefore, there is more reward. Yoga is integrated into your flesh and blood, and then, if there are days when you do not practice, you are especially eager for that feeling of practice.
Will is the engine of the third chakra. Will overcomes the inertia of things, so you can move in the direction you want. Since the third chakra is higher than the second chakra, when the ace of will wants to move in the other direction, it will overcome the desire of the second chakra. We may wish to lie in bed in the morning, but willpower gets us up and active, and soon we will no longer feel sleepy. But you must train well to become stronger than the desire of the second chakra. Will uses the energy generated by matter and movement from the two chakras at the bottom.
But will also requires will, which originates in awareness and descends to the third chakra to meet the ascending energy. You set a will to meditate, keep an asana for a while, or get to class on time, but it takes energy to fulfill that will. When your will can successfully convert your energy into your will, you have the real power? Cultivate your energy and make it work for you. Set a will and let your energy flow into it. Develop your will by aligning with your goals, choosing goals, and achieving them. Strengthen your strength by using your muscles - including the muscles of your body and the muscles of your will. Be the guide of your life, and you will also be the creator of it.
The original three virtues (natural attributes)
In the second chakra, we use polarity to find inner consistency. In the third chakra, you move from using polarity to exploring the basic elements of matter, energy, and consciousness, the Trinity. These basic elements are called the Three Virtues or Characters in yoga terms, and they are tamas, rajas, sattva.
Just like the three-stranded braid, matter, energy, and consciousness always exist in different combinations. For example, in meditation, pleasure is the most important because when physical behavior calms down, consciousness is elevated.
In an active yoga practice or any strenuous exercise, the agitation is more active when you move and consume energy, but you may not think too much. When looking at physical levels of physical resistance, even bones, and muscles, you are facing inertia. Eating and sleeping are typical inertia attributes. All three attributes exist in every present moment, every experience, every posture. There is always a level of consciousness, there is always the flow of energy, and our skins are always affected by gravity.
In addition, the chakra itself is related to these three virtues because the two chakras below are more inert, the three chakras in the middle are more intense, and the two chakras above are more pleasing. To maintain a good balance, you should respect these aspects in your practice-from the meditation you started to your peak asana to the final spreading corpse style.
Traditionally, the three attributes are not equal in importance, and inertia is often regarded as an obstacle to spiritual growth. I'm afraid I personally have to disagree with this view; I believe that the root and tolerance of the physical and material worlds are equally important and even necessary to support the other two attributes. However, if inertia is the master, we feel a lack of vitality and dullness and lack the energy needed to ignite the will.