“If you do not know to balance the third chakra, you may have all the degrees, all the knowledge, all the money, all the beauty, but you shall be unhappy. ” Yogi Bhajan
The Navel Chakra is the centre of energy & willpower. It’s associated with the Navel Point, the Element of Fire, and with the adrenals, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, spleen, digestive organs, and pancreas. With a strong & open 3rd Chakra we know how to initiate and complete an action and there’s a deep confidence that we CAN shape and direct our lives, rather than having a victim mentality (why me? it’s not fair.. I have so much to do, I’ve got no choice, I don’t have enough money, I’m not good enough etc).
When this chakra dominates, we are exuberant and expressive. We confidently step into our personal power - our INNER WARRIOR. We are able to set clear boundaries and don't feel the need to say yes when we really want to say NO!
When our 3rd chakra is unbalanced we have to compensate - which can be expressed as anger, greed, shame, despair, seeing obstacles everywhere, conforming, denying your own wishes and emotions, and problems with any of the associated organs. We don't feel like we have enough energy to complete the task at hand so we reach for other sources of energy to like stimulants, drugs and food.
Yogi Bhajan taught that a strong Navel Chakra was key to raising Kundalini energy, and awakening to who we really are. The lower triangle of chakras are usually the ones we humans have trouble balancing, and working on the Navel generally works on this whole area all at the same time. The Navel is also the seat of the subconscious – so a chance to bring into the light some of our old outdated patterns of behaving and thinking and releasing them through yoga and meditation.
There’s a reason this is the first Kriya to be practiced in teacher training!