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Suffering from Lethargy, low self-esteem, lack of self-importance, fear of rejection? Understand and Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra.

Namaste, I hope that the last three articles helped you understand the Chakra anatomy and the first two major chakras, in this article we will try to understand the third chakra among the seven. The third chakra is called Manipura, which means “lustrous gem. Manipura is a Sanskrit word where ‘Mani’ means jewels and ‘Pura’ means place or city. Located in the upper abdomen two inches above the navel, the solar plexus chakra or Manipura is the third of the seven chakras. The solar plexus chakra is located above the navel and extends up to the sternum. This forms our deepest connections with willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra helps us grow confidence and vitality. This empowers us to follow our true path and create the life we want. Manipura chakra embodies our unlimited potential to transform thought or inertia into action. The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who we are. When our consciousness has reached the Manipura Chakra we have overcome the negative aspects of Svadhishthana. The Manipura Chakra contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to make correct decisions.

Solar Plexus Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: In the abdomen above the belly button up to the breastbone
  • Color: Yellow
  • Element: Fire
  • Mythological Animal: Ram
  • Seed Mantra: Ram 
  • Yoga Mudra: Hakini Mudra
  • Symbol: A circle with ten petals/A downward-pointing triangle

The Manipura, solar plexus chakra, is our epicenter and the magnetic core of our personality and our ego. It relates to the energy of the sun and is our very own personal, fiery furnace. This chakra is all about honoring ourselves, taking care of ourselves, and forming an intuitive voice from within “the Self,” which then becomes our natural source of guidance. Self-acceptance and how we feel about ourselves determines our quality of life, how we are treated in relationships, in business, and beyond. The Manipura relates to personal growth and activating that independent strength. This is usually the most challenging spiritual endeavor that we will face during our life journey – essentially learning to truly and fully love ourselves. If we do not like or love ourselves, we are unable to make healthy decisions or find the willpower to move forward fearlessly. This makes us vulnerable to control and manipulation by others. People with weak Manipura have low self-esteem and therefore attract relationships and occupational environments that reinforce or reflect this weakness. Every time we judge or criticize ourselves, we deplete this chakra and weaken our willpower. Self-love, self-acceptance, and acknowledgment of our worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.

Just like any other Chakra Manipura chakra can also get blocked and result in various conditions. Individuals who suffer from an imbalanced Manipura struggle with digestive issues because of stagnant negative energy residing in the stomach. These individuals even crave sugars like chocolate as a substitute for love because the Manipura directs its energy to the pancreas which is the organ that balances blood sugar levels. Illnesses that originate from this chakra are manifested by low self-esteem, lack of self-importance, fear of rejection, sensitivity to criticism, and inability to stand up for what we believe in. When our Solar Plexus is imbalanced we experience both physical and emotional problems. Because this chakra is located near the abdomen, it affects many internal organs such as the kidneys, intestines, and pancreas. Stomach ulcers and possible weight problems can also be attributed to an unbalanced Solar Plexus. In addition, we may suffer from back problems, lethargy and because this chakra is connected to our sense of sight, we may experience blurriness with our vision.

How to heal or Balance Manipura Chakra: 

  • The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by the element of fire. Getting outside on sunny days can help open and restore balance to your third chakra. Taking a walk, meditating, or simply sunbathing can allow your solar plexus energy to flow. The solar plexus chakra is responsible for helping you discover your authentic self and find your true purpose in life. Getting outside of your comfort zone and experiencing new hobbies, cultures, and ideas can help open and bring balance to your solar plexus chakra.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to help aid in balancing your solar plexus chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in (Hakini Mudra) relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your solar plexus chakra: your abdomen, a few inches above the navel.

Since the solar plexus chakra is tied to the color of yellow, imagine a yellow glow above your navel, slowly expanding to the bottom of your rib cage and making the whole area warm and relaxed.

When you are ready, start chanting  “RAM”  (the seed mantra) or you can even play the sound in the background while meditating. Seeds mantra sounds are available online.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. Since the color of this chakra is yellow or gold, any gem corresponding to these colors will help to open the solar plexus area and bring energy to the spleen, liver, pancreas, and stomach. Yellow topaz, golden yellow labradorite, and tiger-eye stones are all great gems to enhance your sense of personal power and can help with chakra healing if you are feeling a sense of low self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by the tiger’s eye. When balancing your solar plexus chakra, meditate with the tiger’s eye or carry the stone with you to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra. 
  • Just as our diet influences our general health, so too does it impact on the seven major energy centers in our body. Consequently, one of the easiest ways to make a difference to chakra alignment is to tweak our diet so that it nurtures (rather than blocks) the chakras. Yellow is the color of Manipura chakra so the best thing would be adding up vegetables or fruits in Yellow color such as yellow peppers, mangoes, lemons etc. Brown rice, brown bread, and wholegrain cereal are good sources of energy that give us a sustained supply of energy instead of just a spike in blood sugar.  Another bright, optimistic yellow food, corn can nourish the solar plexus chakra and give your well-being an extra boost. It is often the first solar plexus food mentioned in a beginner’s guide to chakras. While not strictly a food, Chamomile tea has always been recommended to help treat a solar plexus chakra blockage. It can also settle an unsettled stomach.
  • Physical activity can be stimulating for your solar plexus chakra, yoga can particularly help in bringing balance to your solar plexus chakra. Yoga positions that focus on core strength are ideal for the solar plexus chakra. Below are yoga positions and movements that will help connect you to the energy of the solar plexus chakra.
      • Paripurna Navasana | Full Boat Pose  
      • Tittibhasana | Firefly Pose 
      • Bharadvajasana | Bharadvaja’s Twist 
      • Surya Namaskar | Sun Salutation 
      • Dhanurasana | Bow Pose 
  • Aromatherapy can be a powerful and simple tool for opening and balancing your solar plexus chakra. Use essential oils with balancing aromas that promote feelings of confidence, courage, and motivation. To open the solar plexus, burn fiery incense and essential oils like saffron, musk, sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon. Chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, rosemary are amongst the most popular soothing oils we can use 
  • Many of our past traumas become stored in the body and continue to affect thought patterns and behaviors. People who have experienced a strict upbringing, bullying, or authoritarian parents, or those who have suffered mental or physical abuse tend to have difficulty balancing the third chakra. Therapy, support from loved ones, and other healthy activities can help begin the path to healing from the past and restoring balance to the solar plexus chakra. You can always seek help from a Reiki practitioner as Reiki healing brings positive results in unblocking the Manipura chakra.
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones. To open the Manipura chakra, repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the Manipura chakra:
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I stand up for myself.
  • I am strong and courageous.
  • I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
  • I choose the best for myself.
  • I confidently express myself.
  • I am proud of my achievements.
  • I honor myself.
  • I choose healthy relationships.
  • I am authentic.
  • I direct my own life.
  • I appreciate my strengths.
  • I feel my power.
  • I am free to choose in any situation.
  • I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
  • I am at peace with myself.

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