The Third Chakra, Manipura is at the Solar Plexus in centre of the body just above the navel. Energetically is represents personal power and identity. Symbolically, its element is fire and its colour is yellow.
The Solar Plexus chakra governs issues around focus, commitment, discipline, authority, co-operation, integrity, choice, decisions, courage, faith, intention, willingness, peace and autonomy.
In yoga we aim to balance all the chakras and to tune the body into a harmonious whole. Heat is a powerful transformer, so we can work with Manipura to transform obstacles into assets. Physically, Imbalances in this chakra often show up in our digestive fire and energy levels.
When your Solar Plexus chakra is in balance:
🔥You feel serene and have a gentle attitude towards others.
🔥You are able to stand up for your beliefs and fight for your rights.
🔥You are not afraid of others therefore don’t feel the need to be defensive or harsh.
🔥You have the stamina and motivation to stay on your course no matter what’s going on around you.
🔥You are accountable and you don’t shirk away from responsibility.
🔥You are able to find personal fulfilment.
🔥You are able to take time to do what is needed to process and understand your emotions.
When your Solar Plexus chakra is out of balance (excessive or deficient):
🔥You may be a bully who feels they have to push their weight around to feel empowered.
🔥You may prioritise pleasing others before yourself.
🔥You may feel disempowered and threatened easily.
🔥You may suffer from panic or fear and have a sense of preparing for the worst.
🔥You may feel unable to live your truth and be who you really are.
🔥You may have a need to control others
🔥You may suffer from low self-esteem.
🔥You may worry a lot about all sorts of things with no ideas for resolution.
Keeping a balanced Manipura is key to having healthy self-confidence, energy, wisdom and having the ability to get things done.