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Podcast Ep. 78: Yoga for Your Activist Muscle

After a brief break to get my post-COVID life somewhat figured out, I am recommitting to weekly episodes for you and all the emerging advocates, activists, inspirational leaders, and co-creating changemakers out there. These podcast episodes are always inspirited by an Animal Spirit, and the appearance of Owl Spirit today was aligned with that commitment, which became especially clear when I linked Owl to the solar plexus energy center. The core-focused practice is yoga for your physical and energetic activist muscle.

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Animal Spirits – totems for solar plexus chakra work

Exploring the Chakra system side-by-side with shamanic journey work reveals animal helping spirits for each of the energy centers. The third Chakra, Manipura, which means “lustrous gem,” is your personal power and transformation center. In your solar plexus, located between your naval and your sternum, the fire element lights up your sense of self-worth. The animal spirits that visit to help you work with this Chakra are confident, unflappable, and at the top of the food chain.

 

Tiger roaring

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Tiger always comes to mind when I think of the third Chakra. The big cats embody the energy of this Chakra as they stalk their prey, never doubting the power they are projecting and their ability to take action. Action is the theme of solar plexus Chakra work. No transformation will happen in your life unless you are ready to pounce. Call on the spirit of tiger to show you how to move assuredly.

 

The radiant yellow sun is a symbol of the third Chakra, and lion’s mane reminds me of the sun’s rays. Like tiger, lions are dominant, confident hunters, especially the females. Unlike solitary tigers, lions form prides and hunt cooperatively, so lion is an excellent totem to work with when exploring power dynamics and your role within teams or communities.

 

Orange corn snake

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A snake’s shed invokes the transformative power of Manipura. When its outgrown skin no longer serves, snake leaves it behind. Thus snake has become a symbol of death and rebirth as part of a spiralling cycle of transformation. Surviving the bite of a venomous snake – being able to transmute the toxin in the body – was an initiation into shamanism in some indigenous cultures in the Americas. In dreams and journeys, a snake bite might be nudging you to let go of an old way of being so you can be reborn.

 

If you have ever witnessed a duel between rams, butting heads until one is dominant, you can understand why the Hindus chose ram to symbolize the third Chakra. Rams represent great force and power. Consider “battering rams” used to break down doors and castle gates. If the spirit of ram comes to help you with your solar plexus Chakra work, consider your own power struggles and where you might need to stand up for yourself. Rams also trust their ability to land safely as they leap from one tiny foothold to another. Do you trust yourself enough to take a risky leap? Ask the spirit of ram to show you how.

Me Tarzan. Me get it done.

Look out Jane, the ape-man has got a huge third Chakra…

It’s time to look at the third Chakra’s fiery energy. The Sanskrit name for this Chakra is Manipura, which means “lustrous gem”. Just like a well-cut diamond seems to sparkle with its own light, Manipura’s energy generates our internal flame.

Moving up the spine, you can find your third Chakra in your solar plexus, just above your navel. It glows bright yellow with the energy of self-esteem, self-worth, proactivity and power. Our third Chakra gives us the right to act and to be an individual. This is the energy center where all our ideas and our dreams get transformed into something real. It is our will power that gives us the strength to act on our ideas.

Think of some powerful people you know. No one doubts these people will do what they say they are going to do. They stand tall, shoulders back, chest lifted and belly forward, and they project confidence.

People with strong third Chakras make good warriors. Every society has its warriors. The soldiers are obvious, but there are also warriors in law enforcement, fire departments, child protective services and environmental protection. Sports, both amateur and professional, are full of warriors. Anyone with the desire to be the best person they can be and the confidence to achieve it has the third Chakra’s warrior power.

Even the apes had a warrior in Tarzan. Hey guys, that confidence is really sexy, too. Especially to women named Jane.

Not everyone has that internal glow. When the third Chakra is blocked, our self-esteem gets blocked as well. Some people have lots of great ideas, but they never get past thinking about them. Some don’t think they deserve success. Others are just afraid to take action.

Many of us could use more energy flowing through Manipura. We can light the fire in our bellies on the yoga mat with heat-building Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) and Kashtha Takshanasana (woodchopper). We can strengthen our core muscles and our will with poses like Navasana (upward boat). We can fuel the fire with pranayama (breathing exercises) like Kapalabhati.

We can also look for confidence-building activities off the mat. Activities that involve some risk-taking – rock climbing, white-water rafting, going to a foreign country by yourself – draw energy into the third Chakra. The martial arts, which teach us to develop and control our core power, are very third-Chakra oriented. Just getting up the nerve to talk to someone you find frightening can light Manipura’s flame.

Swinging by vines from tree to tree might fire up some third Chakra energy too.

When I was working on Manipura, what really made me think of Tarzan was his big yell. Your ape friends won’t hear you on the other side of the jungle unless your cry comes from your belly. The energy behind that yell comes from – you guessed it – the third Chakra.

Is there a fire in your belly?

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