Demystifying Manipura (The Solar Plexus Chakra)
Here we are, already at week three! This week we rise into the power center of our being, the radiating gem of Manipura. If you’re just joining us, welcome! I encourage you to start at the beginning of this rainbow bridge with my articles on the first and second chakras (Muladhara and Svahisthana).
Manipura (translates to ‘lustrous gem’)
Located between the navel and the bottom of the sternum, Manipura is intriguing and powerful. This is where we digest emotions, feelings, life experiences, and where we plant our seeds of intentions. This is the seat of our power. We know who we are, why we’re here, and are not afraid of our power. We embrace it. Welcome it. Ignite it. Manipura is associated with our personal identity, self-esteem, metabolism, and digestion. If Manipura is blocked we experience effects ranging from digestive issues to aggression and issues with control.
Color is Yellow
Element is Fire
Bija Mantra is RAM
Musical Note is E
Governs the bodies sense of DIGESTION
Within the spine, seventh and eighth thoracic vertabrae
Physiological system-digestive system and metabolism
Balancing Manipura allows us to access the power of our being to manifest our intentions and desires. We’re comfortable in our skin, know our worth, and how to express ourselves. As with all the chakras, there are signs and symptoms when Manipura is blocked. You may experience one, a couple, or all! Sit quietly, bringing your awareness to your solar plexus and just observe the energy while asking yourself if you experience any of the signs of imbalance listed below.
I am strong. I am powerful. I am enough.~Manipura
Signs of imbalance in Manipura
- Controlling behavior
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of self-worth
- Feelings of powerlessness
- Digestive issues
- Issues with blood sugar imbalance
Now let’s take a look at some foods and Yoga poses that help to open and balance Manipura.
- Yellow and orange foods in color (lemons, bananas, oranges, etc)
- Complex carbohydrates
- Pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes
- Fermented foods/drink
- Navasana (Boat Pose)
- Matsyandrasana(seated spinal twist)
- Dhanurasana (bow pose)
- Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath)—click here for easy instructions on performing Bhastrika Breath from Chopra Center.
There are many more foods and poses to help balance Manipura than what I’ve listed here. Also, things like crystals, essential oils, sound therapy, meditation, etc. specific to each chakra. Again, try several modalities and do what works for you! But spend some time each day, bringing your awareness to these power centers. One at a time, starting at the root, envision their respective color, chant their Bija Mantra, and incorporate a few of the other elements to open and balance. Just as Yoga and Meditation, it’s a practice. But with practice and dedication comes miraculous change and healing.
Next time, we rise even higher to one that resonates with me on a profound level—Anahata, the seat of our soul.