Manipura Chakra is the center of energy in the body and concentrates the power of will, the sense of control, and coordination. It is located between the navel and the mouth of the stomach, it’s called the Solar Plexus. This energetic wheel is represented by the yellow color, its element is fire, the mantra syllable is RAM, and the musical note MI.
The colors in yoga symbolize the energy of the subtle body, Manipura Chakra is symbolized by the yellow tones, being related to the ability to understand things well, inspiring the force that drives us to act. It enhances the development of knowledge and the left cerebral hemisphere. To strengthen it, it is recommended to use gym leggings (which you can find here) that highlight the yellow color which in turn helps to invigorate the nervous system that controls the digestive processes by purifying it through the eliminative action of the liver and intestines. Capris for women are also a good option to exercise.
There are certain exercises or asanas to strengthen the center and nourish the third Manipura Chakra:
Dhanurasana or Bow Pose:
Lying face down with your forehead pressed to the floor, bend your knees and hold your ankles with your hands, tensing the muscles of your legs and buttocks, at the same time lifting your head, chest, and thighs as much as possible until you achieve the shape of an arch with the back keeping the weight on the abdomen. The gym leggings must adapt to your body, favoring circulation in every movement.
This posture provides benefits such as massage of the abdominal muscles and organs and the lower back. Prevents disorders of the liver, pancreas, and intestines. It improves kidney function. It makes flexible movements and strengthens the spine and regulates menstruation. Remember that the use of gym leggings is excellent because it allows greater flexibility in the realization of this posture.
Ustrasana or Camel Pose:
On your knees on the mat, stretch your arms out to your sides, slowly curving your spine backward, your head falls gently, opening your chest, separating the shoulders of your ears, and your hands resting on your hips while your pelvis is pushed forward. Exercise is comfortable for you to try, so touch the soles of your feet with your hands. The gym leggings allow you to perform the posture more easily and comfortably.
This position favors the stretching of the muscles of the quadriceps, the hip, chest, and neck, strengthens the pelvis and abdomen, correcting the sagging shoulders, progressively improving the overall body posture.
Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose
To perform this position lie on your stomach with your forehead on the floor, your feet, your knees are held together, your insteps extended and your hands rest under your firm shoulders on the mat with your elbows glued to your body. The gym leggings will allow you freedom of movement in this position. Using only the muscles of the back, seek to elevate the head and the upper torso of the body by extending the arms, until only the belly and the outstretched legs touch the floor. The gym leggings facilitate flexibility when executing the posture.
With the strengthening of the center, you will be allowed to perform asanas of greater demand in the constant practice of yoga. Reciting the mantra of this energetic wheel and wearing yellow garments will stimulate the energetic sources of the body, the mind and the spirit will generate stability and balance in the movements and even provide strength in the personality.