Embrace your Power with Manipura

So your assessment showed a Solar Plexus Chakra imbalance….

If you answered yes to four or more solar plexus questions on our Chakra Assessment, your solar plexus chakra may need some attention. Let’s take a look at two examples of an imbalance…

Meet Rick…

Rick often feels weak, both physically and emotionally. He is extremely timid – often finding it difficult to express himself and give his opinions or make decisions. Instead, he prefers to keep quiet; fearing rejection. He also lacks the self-discipline and will power to make his many goals a reality – instead he spends a lot of time wandering aimlessly from one thing to the next. He is extremely sensitive to criticism and to what other people think of him, so he often ends up going above and beyond to please others and allows them to treat him in ways they shouldn’t.

Meet Jenna…

Jenna is your typical type A personality, a high achiever, she pushes herself to the point beyond exhaustion. Feeling like she has to do everything herself, Jenna is often frustrated by other people and feels the constant urge to control them. She also struggles to control her own outbursts of anger. She’s a corporate high flier with an incessant desire for more – more power, more status, more money and more recognition. Her perfectionist tendencies maker her an over achiever at work and in the many sports she plays. Unfortunately, her competitiveness often puts her in bad stead with her co-workers and teammates. She regularly suffers heart burn and high blood pressure. Her friends know it’s because she refuses to slow down and lives in a constant state of stress, speed and strain. Jenna also has issues with eczema, insomnia and has had more than her fair share of stomach ulcers.

 

Do either of these stories feel familiar? Was there something you really related to? If so, your solar plexus chakra may be either deficient or excessive.

Your Solar Plexus is your third chakra, also known as Manipura, meaning lustrous gem! It’s your source of personal power, vitality, drive and energy. It’s where your will power and gut feelings arise. Manipura is ruled by the colour yellow and element fire.

UntitledManipura Balancing Practices

Wear or carry yellow crystals and gemstones

Surround yourself with the colour yellow; wear it and visualise it

Eat yellow foods such as citrus fruits, corn and squash

Step out of your comfort zone and face your fears

Set small, realistic goals. Make a point to learn something new.

Try hula hooping or belly dancing or other strong core exercises

Learn to say no and practice speaking up for yourself

 

Yoga and Meditation for the Solar Plexus

Choose core strengthening poses like…

  • Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank pose)
  • Vasisthasana (Side plank pose)
  • Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Try our core and Solar Plexus strengthening sequence filmed at the funky, urban Yoga Everyday Studio in Stafford, Qld.

Meditation & Mantra …

  • Repeat the bija mantra RAM
  • Listen to the musical note E
  • Visualise the colour yellow or a bright beautiful sun or field of sun flowers
  • Try kapalabhati (under the guidance of a teacher if you are not experienced with this kind of breath work)
  • Do strong core work and core and heat building yoga practices

Aromatherapy and the Sacral Chakra

Use essential oils that help build confidence…These include

You can also use Perfect Potion’s Harmony chakra blend. Harmony chakra blend is a synergy of vetiver, juniper berry, lemon, frankincense, Roman chamomile and aniseed pure essential oils. Try burning it during your workouts or while setting goals for an extra boost of inspiration, drive and determination.

Affirmations for Manipura

• I am strong and courageous  • I express myself with ease • I am proud of who I am • I honour my strengths  • I am at peace with myself  • I step into my power  • I am worthy. I accomplish all I wish to easily and effortlessly  •

A Balanced Solar Plexus

When your solar plexus is in balance you will experience a strong sense of self, have confidence in your life choices and have the ability to follow through and take action.

  • I am self-assured and decisive.
  • I stand firmly in my true power.
  • I live authentically with ease and grace.

If you agree with the above statements, move onto the Heart Chakra… (released next week!)
If you missed the foundations, go back to the Base and Sacral Chakras…