Setubandhasana: For balancing of the third Chakra

The first two chakras combine to bring consciousness to new level called third chakra. In Sanskrit, this chakra is called Manipur chakra. This literally means ‘lustrous gem,’ because it shines bright like the Sun with a radiant glowing center. Its symbol is lotus with ten petals, and meditating on this lotus is said to create and destroy the world.

The third chakra helps to overcome inertia and rules over metabolism. It is also responsible for the regulation and distribution of metabolic energy throughout the body. This is done through combustion of matter (food) into energy (action and heat). The problems of digestive system such as diabetes and stomach ulcers relates to this third chakra.

In order to make this chakra function properly in order to enjoy the power and a strong digestion system, one yogic tool called ‘Setubandhasana’ should be used.

Setubandhasana brings a wonderful stretch to the abdomen, opening up the manipur chakra area. It contract the kidney and the spleen. The  psychic channel of bladder is also activated helping one to feel more confident.


  • Lie on the back and then bend knees, placing the feet and the hip width apart
  • Now, while inhaling raise the hips off the ground tucking the chin into the chest
  • Breath normally
  • Hold for 5-10 seconds, and then come back while exhaling
  • Repeat three times


  • Opens up Manipur Chakra and makes it function properly
  • Works effectively on kidney and the bladder
  • Improves digestion
  • Balances hormone system
  • Releases emotions



Atul Vyas likes to be called a “Yoga Scientist”. He is a celebrity yoga trainer and has trained several top Hollywood and Bollywood stars. He has trained for years under many eminent yoga gurus including his illustrious mother Daya Vyas, the first lady yoga guru of India.


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