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Presents and Presence | Manipura Chakra

Your Presence of Being

We all get caught up in life and can get on auto-pilot especially at this time of year, but remember the presence of being is so important to our-selves firstly and then to others.

Our YOGA practice always invites us into the present moment and witnessing the present moment is the presence of being. And if we can be present in the moment with connection, then the feeling to those around us is the GIFT.

Take the time to roll out your mat and get on it, to remember the practice of being in the moment and being present.

It’s the gift.

“Be the presence not the person. Presence is infinite -unbound by anything. It is open, spacious, silent, empty, and forever aware; focussed on nothing and yet intrinsically in tune with the totality of it’s environment.”
– Zen Thinking

Celebrate this time of year with presence. With joy in our own heart’s and with peace and kindness for ourselves and for others. Remember to take and make time for ourself so that we can be gracious. So we can give time to others, especially when they need us.


Located behind the navel centre and is our fire centre.

Mani = Jewel or Lustrous Gem
Pura = City
Manipura = City of Shining Jewels

“I honour the power within me. I let my feelings run freely. I trust my spontaneous decisions. I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly, I use my inner strength to make the world a better place. The fire within me burns through all blocks and fears. I offer up my negative qualities to the fire of transformation. I can do whatever I will to do. I can reach any goal through the power of my will. My enthusiasm empowers me to achieve great things. I claim my own power and accept responsibility for every part of my life. I am strong and courageous. I stand up for myself. I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect. I am authentic. I direct my own life. I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.” – yogateachercentral.com

This fire centre or gem city, can be translated as your own glow, your own fire and your own strength, determination and will-power to create and move and shift. Fire is the quickest and most transformative element so when things burn they change immediately. Burn away the impurities from our agni – our digestive fire – and what keeps the fires burning – air – so make sure we’re breathing slow and steady through our practice keeping the fire burning in our bellies.

Move to create heat and warmth and it might make us sweat. Breathe into the endurance, strength and energy you are creating with a flow and warming practice and know you’re burning away impurities from the body.

“Heat, Power, Strength, Passion, Transformation, Digestion
The [fire] element and [third] chakra are associated with heat, power, strength, passion, transformation, and digestion. When fire is not in balance you can become depressed, lazy, and withdrawn (low fire) or irritable, angry, and aggressive (high fire). An imbalance of fire can also cause inflammation or indigestion.”
– Melissa Eisler, The Chopra Center, 7 Yoga Poses and a Meditation to Connect You to the Fire Element

Ram (pronounced more as “Rum”) -the beeja mantra is Ram – through the practice silently repeat the mantra Ram to yourself as a tool to stabilise the mind and body. Seated on Ram – endurance!

Element: Fire
Colour – yellow.

Mudra: Surya Mudra – press the ring finger into the mound of the thumb, the thumb holding the finger in place.



Let’s burn away the impurities as much as we can this week and build our inner strength and presence of being in the moment. Being connected and then being able to offer ourselves with full attention to our loved ones at this time of year.

Namaste Lou xo

Your presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being.


Marshall B Rosenberg

Good morning Lou, I just wanted to say thank you for such a beautiful class last night.  I’m practicing to go with the flow and not project any expectations.  I was in it and embracing the breath.  I feel so good today. Thank you.

Mel Oct 12

Louise Eddy

Louise Eddy

Yoga Teacher & Owner

Louise is passionate about her practice and her understanding of yoga. Her journey in life has led her to study and practice yoga for the past 20+yrs. In the past 5+ years she has also focussed on Mental health and well-being and has actively been involved teaching classes in community and special needs areas with this focus.

She gives thanks for the knowledge that has been passed along from the teachers and students before that have paved the way for the journey of yoga as it is in the west. She teaches from her heart with gratitude and love. ​Om Shanti.

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