The Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra : 8 Powerful Practices to Unleash Your Inner Fire
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If you’ve ever had that ” I can feel it in my gut” feeling, then you know what it’s like when your solar plexus chakra is trying to tell you something is wrong.
Known in Sanskrit as the Manipura chakra, the solar plexus chakra is the 3rd chakra and has an inherent power of letting us know when we’ve stopped living our lives in accordance with our true being.
The Manipura chakra is represented by the color yellow, resonating at 528Hz and emits a golden yellow aura when in optimum balance.
What Is the Manipura Chakra Responsible For
In sankrit, ‘Manipura’ translates to “City of jewels.” This refers to the level of consciousness we attain when this chakra is activated.
It is the chakra of personal power and intention. It gives us the motivation and drive to meet our desires and achieve our goals.
When the flow of energy to the solar plexus chakra is balanced and healthy, we feel confident sharing our emotions and expressing our true selves.
Manipura Chakra Location
The solar plexus chakra is located above the sacral chakras, about 2 inches up from the belly button. Each of the seven chakras corresponds to parts of the human central nervous system within the physical body where nerves converge at ‘plexuses’.
The Manipura chakra sits in the same place as the celiac plexus, which stimulates the digestive system. This is why a well balanced solar plexus chakra helps heal digestive issues and problems with metabolic functions
What Blocks the Manipura Chakra
A blockage in the Manipura chakra is directly related to control issues within our lives. When we feel like we lack direction and control, it can manifest as agitation, anger, frustration, and similar negative energies.
This can happen when we have to function in our jobs and careers in a way that violates our core values and ambitions. When a blockage arises, the urge to change is felt.
These issues can manifest themselves in physical signs like stomach pain, muscular imbalance, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation or bloating.
How to Activate Manipura Chakra
Luckily the path for bringing alignment to our chakra’s is well-trodden, and there’s plenty of instruction from guru’s, yoga teachers and experienced meditators on how to do this.
Don’t worry if you’ve never tried power yoga or are still not sure what you should be doing when you meditate. This list has an option for people at all levels as well other, everyday options you can try to unblock your Manipura.
Manipura Chakra Meditation
Breath of Fire
If you practice Kundalini Yoga, you may be familiar with the breath of fire breathing technique. This practice directly involves breathing energy into your navel and Manipura chakra and is one of many powerful tools perfect for igniting that inner fire.
You can practice this breathing technique in any position, but you’ll get more out of it if you are either standing or sitting with a straight spine.
Step 1. Exhale! Push the air out of your lungs by swiftly pulling your navel towards your spine.
Step 2. Inhale. To inhale, just release your navel outwardly, and your lungs should fill automatically.
Step 3. Focus. With your hands on your navel, focus your attention on where you can feel the power of your breath.
Step 4. Continue breathing. Continue with this practice trying to complete one breath every two seconds. Once you become more confident with it, work up one or two breaths per second.
Manipura Chakra Mantra
Manipura Chakra Mudra
When meditating, some people like to adopt a mudra, a symbolic position of the hands which give focus and representation to a mantra.
To activate your Manipur chakra, you can try the Rudra mudra. To do this, touch the tips of your forefinger and ringer to your thumb and keep your pinkie and middle finger extended.
Manipura Chakra Yoga Poses
Another traditional way of activating this chakra is with Yoga. For example, if you attend a yoga class you could ask your yoga teacher to incorporate some Manipura Power Yoga into your session or if you have your own yoga mat at home, you can try to incorporate these poses into your practice.
Revolved Triangle Pose
Tiger’s eye is the solar plexus chakra stone.
It’s thought to develop self-confidence and self-esteem and can also be used to achieve personal goals.
The tiger spirit animal is a symbol of courage. It imbues the solar plexus chakra with sharpened instincts and bravery when facing adversity.
Manipura Chakra Affirmation
Personal affirmations are the way to help to shift your energies around. When you repeat positive affirmations daily, your brain will begin to change the way it thinks, and you’ll be able to make better choices in life.
If you’re finding it difficult to make decisions because of indecision about certain situations in life, then use these affirmations as a tool to help you make the right choices for yourself and your future.
I feel confident expressing my emotions and ideas without fear of judgment or criticism.
I trust in my personal power. Iam brave, strong and wise.
I am able to live freely, without inhibitions, anger or jealous
Manipura Chakra Healing Exercises
One of the best ways to activate this chakra is to make healthy choices with food, lifestyle and activities.
- Visit somewhere creative such as a gallery, art center or theatre.
- Treat yourself to some body treatments like a facial, body massage or spa day.
- Eat healthy yellow foods such as banana’s, pineapples, lemons and turmeric.
These are just a few of the powerful practices for healing your Manipura chakra. Practice these, and you will see the benefits manifesting in your life.
MindEasy founder & meditation teacher