Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra

 

The chakra governing our power and will, located above the navel is the solar plexus chakra.  It controls our self-esteem and intuition or gut-instincts. The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Manipura, which means Lustrous Gem.

Maipura Chakra 
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Symbol

Circle

Color

Yellow

Sense

Sight

Musical Note

A-O-M (ahh-ooo-mm)

Tone

E

Mantra

“Ram” or “Aum”

Petals

10

Mode

Power and will

State

Action

Action

I act

Element

Fire

Glands/organs

Upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach, adrenals, skin, duodenum, pancreas

Information Stored

Personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing

 

 

A balanced manipura chakra brings with it strong personal power and self-motivation. A person with a clear solar plexus chakra realizes that her reality is for her to create and deal with. As a result there is very little conflict with self and others. Such a person has a strong will power and can make decisions easily. A good self image that comes with this balanced chakra helps a person balance thoughts and emotions, will power and surrendering to the soul and also intellect and intuition. Such a person is outgoing, expressive, spontaneous and skilful.

 

An over active manipura chakra would not only make a person workaholic, but also a perfectionist. Such a person is incapable of showing warmth and is judgmental. A person with excessive solar plexus chakra energy may need to take drugs to relax and would have low sexual energy.

 

A weak manipura chakra can harbor depression and confusion. A person with an unclear manipura chakra lacks confidence and needs constant reassurance. Such a person would also be distrustful, but still be afraid of being alone and give too much value to others’ opinions. She would often be depressed, full of guilt and obsessed with worries.

 

Issues associated with a weak or unclear Solar Plexus Chakra are:

 

Physical Issues

1.      Digestive problems

2.      Gas

3.      Food allergies

4.      Liver problems

5.      Diabetes

6.      Gall-stones

7.      Muscle cramps

8.      Spasm

9.      Asthma

10.  Stomach ulcers

11.  Intestinal tumors

12.  Pancreatitis

13.  Anorexia/bulimia

14.  Cirrhosis

15.  Adrenal imbalances

16.  Arthritis

17.  Hepatitis

18.  Colon diseases

19.  Jaundice

20.  Hypoglycemia

 

Emotional Issues

1.      Depression

2.      Excessive worrying

3.      Hypochondriac pain

4.      Irritability

5.      Procrastination

 

How to balance the Solar Plexus Chakra

There are various ways in which you can balance your solar plexus chakra to prevent or heal the ailments associated with it.

 

Exercises –

1.      Dance - Twist, hoola hooping, and belly dancing

 

 

Yoga –

1.      Bow poses

2.      Bhujangasana or The Cobra pose

3.      Vajroli Mudra or Abs strengthener

4.      Crocodile exercises

 

 

Food –

  1. Granola and Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc.
  2. Dairy: milk, cheeses, yogurt
  3. Spices: ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel

 

Meditation –

Place your hands in front of your stomach a little below the solar plexus. Join the fingers of both the hands at the top such that the fingers are facing away from you. Keep the fingers straight and thumbs crossed. Concentrate on the chakra locate at the spine just above the navel level and chant the mantra “Ram”.

 

Affirmations –

Say the following whenever you can

1.      I deeply love and approve of who I am

2.      I am worthy of my own-self-love

3.      I love and respect myself at all times

4.      I trust in love

5.      I trust my worthiness

6.      I am worth my weight in gold

7.      There are no failures. I learn from everything I do.

8.      I believe that everything is for my highest good and greatest joy

9.      I love life

10.  I listen to and trust my deepest insights

11.  I am worthy of the very best in life

12.  I release judgment and let my life flow

 

Gemstones/Minerals, Flower Essences and Scents -
Various minerals, gemstones, flower essences and scents help to stimulate, energize and cleanse the solar plexus chakra

 

Gemstones and Minerals: Citrine, gold topaz, amber, tiger eye, gold calcite, gold, citrine topaz, peridot, yellow tourmaline, Laguna agate, Labradorite, howlite, jasper, chalcedony, Morganite, heliodor, yellow sapphire

Flower Essences and Scents: Aspen, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle

 



Aromatherapy –

Juniper, lavender, bergamot, rosemary

 

Essential Oils –

            Peppermint, bougainvillea, frangipani, ylang-ylang, cedar, clove


Others –

1.      Rub your belly

2.      Imagine sunshine radiating from your solar plexus

3.      Breathe using your diaphragm