Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located in the solar plexus or naval area, is given the color yellow and is the element fire. This chakra represents personal power and confidence. The ability to stand by our convictions and carry out what we have set forth is dependent on the energy of this chakra.
A person with a balanced solar plexus chakra has the ability to know who they are and their place in the universe. This is why this chakra is characterized by self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, strong will and empowerment. They also enjoy good health with fully functioning organs.
If this chakra is out of balance a person will suffer from low self esteem, depression and an inability to adapt. Relationships may suffer because this person would tend to perceive others not as they truly are but as they perceive them to be. Physical symptoms would include poor digestion, intestinal disorders, diabetes, hypoglycemia, bulimia, liver problems and gallstones.
An excess of energy in this chakra will manifest itself as perfectionism, hatred and an emphasis on power and status.
The seat of this chakra is Agni or digestive fire; digestion of both physically food and also sensation and experiences.
Foods that balance the solar plexus chakra are granola, grains, pastas, breads, cereal, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds; dairy foods like milk, cheese, yogurt; spices like ginger, mints, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, and fennel. Balancing essential oils include lavender and bergamot. Balancing gemstones are amber, topaz and citrine.
Asanas that help balance this chakra include any twisting postures, since they help with digestion and back bends such as Bhujangasana (cobra), Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and Matsyasana (fish). Next time you perform these postures, connect with your solar plexus chakra by breathing deeply through your nose and igniting the fire in your belly and focusing on the color yellow.
Positive affirmations to help balance the solar plexus chakra are:
I willingly release all struggles and fear associated with power and control.
I safely step into my power now. I lovingly and graciously accept this power to be used in pure love and light.
Kate is a mom of 2 beautiful & rambunctious little boys and a Certified Yoga Teacher at RealFit.tv.