Manipura or solar plexus chakra

Manipura or solar plexus chakra

Posted on Jan 22, 2023

Manipura or solar plexus chakra

A few fingers above the belly button, between the navel and the base of the sternum, is the location of the Manipura chakra, also known as the third or solar plexus chakra. You could imagine it more in the body's midsection than up front.

This chakra is known in Sanskrit as Manipura, which translates to "city of jewels." These three chakras form what is called the "lower triangle," along with the first (root) and second (sacral). These energies are the most transparent and straightforward ones to comprehend.


Elements that make up Manipura chakra


When balanced, the solar plexus chakra is in charge of your own personal fire energy. That which gives you power is your strength, vitality, ego, willpower, stamina, and inner power. It's at the very core of who you are and how you function in the world.

The Human Body:

The digestive system, gall bladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, and liver are all connected to the Manipura chakra.

Body of Feelings:

The Manipura chakra is concerned with one's capacity to deal with or "digest" life's experiences. How well do you defend yourself? Are you brave and strong? Do you deserve respect and love? Do you have a solid sense of physical and mental power? A symbol of movement and change, fire symbolises the dynamic nature of life. To allow yourself to develop and improve, you must do away with what is no longer serving you.

A symbol of movement and change, fire symbolises the dynamic nature of life. Developing into a more accomplished person necessitates letting go of habits and routines that no longer serve you.  

Having the confidence that comes from knowing you have control over your life and can take charge of any situation as you see fit. To have a plan for getting where you want to go and the ability to follow it. To realise you have what it takes to succeed.



Physical, mental, emotional, and energetic stress can all cause you to slack off, stop moving forward, or go into overdrive. It can be challenging to process life when it becomes too overwhelming and you've had several major experiences in quick succession. We need time to 'digest' what has happened, which could make us feel as though our fire is waning. Because of this, it may be challenging to go out and deal with everyday situations, as you may feel too full to do so.

Understanding your chakras and the different layers of your body can help you identify and address stagnation and imbalances.


Indicators for the Sacral Chakra

Have you reached a point in your life where you believe you can accomplish anything?

Is it simple for you to break down food? Or maybe you've got a case of indigestion and stomach trouble.

How consistent is your energy and do you find yourself looking forward to the start of each new day?

Are you lacking in any flavour? What gets you pumped up and motivated to get stuff done.

Do you worry that there are too many negative influences in your life?

Have you noticed that you're constantly exhausted?

Can you lose your cool quickly?

Do you ever feel like the world has it in for you?

The third chakra can be balanced in many ways, both on and off the mat.


Solar plexus chakra yoga positions:

Doing specific yoga poses is, in my experience, the most efficient way to realign your energy centres. The Manipura chakra is the focus of the following postures:


Dhanurasana (bow pose) (bow pose)

"Breath of Fire" (Kapalabhati Pranayama)

Anjali Mudra Applied to a Deep Twist in High Lunge (prayer pose)

Asana de Parvritta Trikonasa (revolved triangle pose)

Vajra Mudra

Bhujangasana (cobra pose) (cobra pose)


Suggestions for meditating:

The Third Chakra Mudra:

The Hakini Mudra. Get comfortable sitting cross-legged and maintain a good posture. Put your palms together at chest level. Join your fingertips and spread your palms apart. You should be holding your hands so that your thumbs are pointing toward your solar plexus and the other fingers are spreading out from there, with your middle finger pointing in a straight line.

When we are on fire, we take risks, follow our passions, and act in ways that are true to who we are.

Focus your thoughts on the passion that burns deep within you. Imagine a transformative fire that consumes everything that is no longer necessary. Fire is essential for anything that requires action on your part. Bowel movement, body movement, life movement: all are examples of the importance of movement. Our motivation is to keep our own fires burning brightly but not to the point of destruction. Fire is lit daily to convert food into energy for our bodies, to help us get from one day to the next, and to destroy what is no longer useful or essential to our identity. When we are on fire, we take risks, follow our passions, and act in ways that are true to who we are.

The mantra you recite to yourself, whether silently or aloud, may reflect your inner strength and self-assurance (or something that reflects a concept that you feel comfortable with).

Use yellow in your meditations and relaxations to stimulate the solar plexus chakra. Making your core shine like the sun is a nice and potent mental image.

Creating sound vibrations through singing mantras. The sacred mantra RAM is the vedic bija. RAM, when chanted like OM, only more so, produces the same vibrational effect.

Humee Hum Brahm Hum is a mantra from the Kundalini school that can be chanted or recited. It's a proclamation that says, "We are We." It's us, the gods. The lofty language is meant to lead us to the ultimate truth of non-duality. As a result, there is nothing physically separating us from God.