Proud Mary

proud mary
Can you believe half the year has passed us by?  The summer solstice has passed and we are now moving into the second half of 2015. So, as we look to the start of the second half of the year, we bring our intention to the third chakra – manipura, meaning the jewelled city.
This chakra is located in the solar plexus and navel area, and is associated with self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.  It represents warrior energy and the power of transformation.  A healthy, third chakra supports us in overcoming inertia and jump-starts our “get-up-and-go” attitude.  It connects you with your personal identity and gets us to assume responsibility for our life.
When the navel chakra is out of alignment, digestive issues can arise. This can show up as improper processing of nutrients, constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome. Imbalances in this energy center are also associated with eating disorders, ulcers, diabetes, issues with pancreas, liver, and colon.  Feeling like a victim, or experiences of low self-esteem can also indicate a deficient third chakra.
As you work with this chakra, cultivate a willingness to gain insight into your understanding of power, individuality, and identification. Are there areas of your life where you feel powerless? How does this manifest? A misaligned naval chakra can manifest as aggressive, overly rigid, or controlling behaviour, perfectionism, anger, hatred, and too much emphasis on power, status, and recognition. It can breed a victim mentality, neediness, and lack of direction or self-esteem to stand up and take positive action.  In addition, taking in more of anything than you can assimilate and use also indicates excessiveness.
When the navel chakra is healthy alignment, you will be comfortable with your own inherent power and become empowered. You will have a sense of who you are and why you are here. When you connect with your purpose you gain a deeper understanding of how you as an individual can contribute to the collective in a beneficial way. You will let go of the things that you depend on to define who you are. Those things may have value but over-valuing anything that subject to change is a quick road to suffering. You have inherent value, take the time through practice to investigate it and you will be less dependent on external sources of happiness.
So what can we include in our yoga practice this month to focus on the chakra?  Create heat in your practice as heat is a powerful transformer.  Use core work, twists, and pranayama.  Observe how you use all of your sense to digest everything, including food.  You can sieve what you absorb from the world around you;  you don’t have to process everything that comes your way.
Let me know how you get on.
Till next time …
Be safe and be well xx

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