Alex Turner Yoga The Manipura | CITY OF JEWELS

"Yoga is a light which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame." B K S Iyengar

🔥 The Fire Element - Agni - represents the energy of transformation or change 🔥

This element is associated with the third chakra, the manipura, our solar plexus. It is located between the navel and the solar plexus and is represented by the colour yellow.

The Manipura Chakra contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of...

  • clarity
  • self-confidence
  • bliss
  • self-assurance
  • knowledge
  • wisdom
  • the ability to make correct decisions.

Blockages in this centre can cause many health problems such as digestive disorders, circulatory disease, diabetes and fluctuations in blood pressure.

A strong and active Manipura Chakra greatly supports good health and assists us in overcoming illness and disease. When the energy of this Chakra flows freely, the effect is like that of a power source, constantly supplying vitality - bestowing balance and strength.

The Manipura is also associated with the digestive system and in particular, the liver, pancreas, stomach, lung, adrenal gland, and large intestine.

Urdvha Padmasana

NOW........

WARNING: Here comes some Yoga Philosophy.

Yoga Sutra 3.41

Samana Jayaj Jvalanam … One who embraces the refining fire blazes.

Samana what now? OK.... We are talking about the fire element, which is necessary in order for us to get through life - all the transformation and change, for us to deal with our shit - literally digestion and elimination - as well as dealing with everything that happens in real life.

By mastering samana vayu, the body of the yogi blazes through strong recognition of the fire element. Since the samana vayu is so strongly tied to the fire element, once the yogi achieves mastery in this way, the outer aura of the yogi is said to shine.

So we are talking about the breath here.... Pranayama techniques are said to create the necessary heat to master such a flow of energy within the body. If we can hold onto, and be held by, the refining fire that we find within ourselves, Patanjali says that we will shine, or blaze (jvalanam) with that fire. A great pranayama technique for this is Kapalabhati (Kah-bah-lah-bah-tee) 🔥

The Vagus Nerve is associated with fire and plays a huge role in regulating digestion. Try this YIN YOGA sequence for stimulating, stoking and rebalancing our inner fire.

The Shoulder stand sequence is also great for digestion as it is comprised of many inversions (inverting from the normal up right position to the upside down).

Inversions are extremely beneficial for the heart, lungs, endocrine system, and the brain. These postures invert the effect of gravity on the body. This way, circulation is improved, so absorption of nutrients is improved, the digestion and elimination processes are strengthened.... All contributing to healthy digestive fire and strong healthy bodies 🔥🔥🔥

Halasana

I do love my yoga, but all this talk of fire in the belly is making me hungry..... Are you like me? Got a sweet tooth but want to keep it healthy?

Try out this gorgeous recipe for delicious Chai Spiced Sunflower Truffles. These vegan friendly bad boys kept me going throughout my Elimination Diet when I needed a little energy boost.... And they taste insanely good.

Mmmmmmmm...... So I hope you've enjoyed this look at the element of Fire and the City of Jewels, the Manipura chakra and some supporting practices to help us feeling topped up and healthy.

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Namaste for now,

Alex x

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