Build strength and stability in your asana practice by focusing on the “city of jewels,” or the third chakra.
The manipura chakra, located in the lumbar spine and the navel center, is the physical and metaphoric connection between the heart and the pelvis.
The third chakra, manipura, translates as "city of hidden gems" - representing an inner illumination. Dominated by the fire element, this chakra is the entry point to working with the physical body and initiating spiritual practice.
If you want to transform the energies of the first chakra, work at the third chakra—the navel center. It is easier to access, and it gives us the strength and enthusiasm needed to tackle the first-chakra currents that tend to toss us around.