Solar Plexus Chakra
Sanskrit name - Manipura
Location - Behind belly button
Colour - Yellow
Element - Fire
The third chakra is the solar plexus or sometimes the navel chakra. It’s the centre of our self-esteem, willpower and metabolism. It regulates energy associated with vitality, identity, intention and action. It helps keep the balance between confidence and conceit, bold and foolhardy and self-respect and narcissism.
A balanced solar plexus chakra
When your solar plexus chakra is perfectly balanced you will have unlimited energy and feel impulsive and outgoing. You will feel balanced, have lots of confidence and have great social skills. You feel comfortable in your own skin and have the understanding that you have the power of choice.
A unbalanced solar plexus chakra
Chakras can become unbalanced when they are either blocked (B) or too open (O). This can lead to unwanted feelings and even physical symptoms.
The emotional feelings of unbalanced solar plexus chakra include:
- Low Confidence (B)
- Low self-esteem (B)
The physical symptoms of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra are:
- Excessive weight around the stomach (pot belly)
- Frequent gas and constipation
- Gall bladder and liver problems
- Issues with the digestive track
- Overweight and obesity
How to balance the solar plexus chakra
Meditation helps the flow of energy and balances the chakras.
- Sit cross-legged on a mat or sit on a chair with both feet on the floor.
- Keep your back straight, arms relaxed and your eyes closed.
- Take two or three deep breaths.
- Now visualize a ball of yellow light coming from just above you naval chakra region. Imagine it radiating energy outwards through the whole body.
- Continue with the deep breathing and visualizations for as long as you are comfortable. 10 to 15 minutes is good to start with.
Try holding a crystal while you meditate or listen to some binaural beats for a stronger session.
Crystals have the power to absorb negative energies that cause chakras to be unbalanced.
Place the crystal over the solar plexus chakra for between 5-20 minutes. The longer you can do this for the more effective it will be. You can also carry, wear or meditate with them.
The following crystals are perfect to use for balancing the solar plexus chakra. Generally speaking, use yellow stones.
- Golden Beryl
- Tiger’s Eye
- Yellow Jade
- Yellow Tourmaline
Listening to the frequencies in binaural beats can stimulate the brainwaves to balance the solar plexus chakra. Binaural Beats are best listened to through headphones. Listening to the sounds while you fall asleep can encourage deep sleep and heal at the same time.
Binaural Beats can be listened to as often as you want. It could be daily during meditation practice when your solar plexus chakra feels out of balance.
NOTE: Do not listen to Binaural Beats whilst operating heavy machinery or driving.
Massage can relieve stress in the mind and body. It is a therapy that stimulates the energy flow and can help open the solar plexus chakra.
Massaging in a clockwise pattern over around the belly button area activates your solar plexus chakra. Use essential oils to enhance the massage.
Scents such as lemon, chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, white lotus and rosemary can cleanse the solar plexus chakra. We recommend this solar plexus chakra essential oil. Use oil in a diffuser, a spritzer or in an inhaler.
Yoga poses are a great way to cleanse and balance the chakras. The poses are designed to keep the body aligned which keeps the solar plexus energy flowing.
Food & Drink
Yellow foods are best for the solar plexus. Try eating bananas, mango and corn. Drink a herbal tea that contains solar plexus chakra cleansing herbs.
Activities that practice self-love is best for healing the solar plexus. Take some spa treatments or a nice warm bath. Going for walks and doing simple exercises everyday help release endorphins which is a hormone that gives us a feeling of pleasure. If you can do this outside. The solar plexus is a fire element and the sun is a perfect source for this. More vigorous exercise such as boxing, dancing, singing will help express any anger you have. Socialise with positive-minded people. Just smile.
These strong powerful statements can train your brain to think in a differnet way. Talk directly to the solar plexus chakra to create balance. Try the following affirmations.
- I love the person I am
- I am worthy of love and kindness
- I am strong and courageous
- I am confident
- I am not intimidated by what others think of me
- I am honest in my relationships with other people
- I take charge of my life