Aromatherapy and Yoga: Essential Oils for the Third Chakra
“Manipura” is the Sanskrit name for the 3rd chakra. This word means “lustrous gem.” The 3rd chakra is located in the area of the solar plexus, navel and digestive system. It is associated with power, self-esteem and vitality; and is the seat of the intellect as well. The element for the 3rd chakra is fire. When there is too much heat in this part of the body, there can be digestive problems. All of the “itis” diseases begin in this chakra when the fire gets out of control. The colors for the 3rd chakra are yellow and gold.
The emotion for the 3rd chakra is anger.
The sense for the 3rd chakra is sight. The intellect lies here (insight). It is the place where you make lists. It is the center of personal power. The third chakra is the seat of the Pure Mind. The Pure mind is very detailed….creating the details of what will make you happy, as well as details of memory. Inner Wisdom is in the third chakra. Trust and act upon your instincts.
When the 3rd chakra is excessive, anger, hatred, too much attention to power, status and recognition can be present. In yoga, passive backbends are good for calming an excessive 3rd chakra.
When it is deficient, one can have digestive problems, eating disorders, low self-esteem and a feeling of powerlessness. Weight gain in women is from a deficient 3rd chakra. In yoga, do Sun Salutations, half boat pose, warrior and twists to energize the 3rd chakra.
MEDITATION — WORKING ON THE THIRD CHAKRA
(Infinity & Me, p. 63)
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.
Breath: Breath will come naturally.
Mantra: HAR, HAR, HAR. Strike the tongue against the upper palate each time you chant the word.
Part 1: Extend your arms straight out in front of you and roll your arms inward at the shoulders, to bring the backs of the hands together. The arms extend straight out from the shoulder, parallel to the floor, with the backs of the hands touching.
Look at the tip of the nose. Hold this position for 1 ½ minutes and then begin Breath of Fire, powerfully pumping your navel point. Breathe from the navel, not from the nose. Hammer the navel in rhythm to Tantric Har by Simran Kaur Khalsa. Continue for 4 ½ minutes.
Part 2: Stretch the arms out to the sides. Right palm faces upward to the heavens. Left palm faces downward to the earth. Keep the arms stretched out straight with no bend in the elbows and begin bouncing the arms up and down just a little (approximately a four-inch total range of movement). Chant Har with Tantric Har, chanting from the navel and bouncing the arms in rhythm with the chanting. Make sure that you vigorously pump the navel to produce the mantra. The arm movement and the navel pumping must balance. 4 ½ minutes. This part of the exercise will uplift you and make you strong.
Part 3: Bring the hands into Prayer Pose at the center of the chest. Calm yourself and slow down your breathing. Inhale as slowly as you can. Hold the breath as long as you can. Exhale as slowly as you can. Let the energy circulate. Meditatively listen to Nirinjan Kaur’s recording of Every Heartbeat. 7 ½ minutes.
End: Inhale, hold your breath for 25 seconds and press your palms together with 25 pounds of pressure. Tighten the whole body so that the energy can play through every rhythm of the nerves, muscles and tissues. Exhale like cannon fire. Inhale again, hold the breath 20 seconds and again press the palms together with the utmost pressure so that you can feel your chest expanding. Cannon fire out your exhale. Last time, inhale, hold your breath for 15 seconds, pressurize your body. Exhale and relax.
The first chakra resonates to group tribal power, the second to the flow of power between self and others, the third to our personal power in relation to the external world.
Please refer to the essential oils that are beneficial to digestion, from my earlier post. In addition to those, essential oils of lemon, chamomile and bergamot are beneficial (yellow oils for the 3rd chakra!).
A third chakra blend could include essential oils of ginger, patchouli, petitgrain and vetiver.
If you are interested in having me make you a custom blend, please contact me at the e-mail at the end of the post.