Located in the upper abdomen two inches above the navel, the solar plexus chakra or manipura is the third of your seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “shining gem,” a fitting name for this chakra. This chakra is the core of your personality and identity. When balanced, this chakra allows your authentic self to shine brightly.
The energy of the solar plexus chakra starts from above the navel and extends to the sternum. This forms your deepest connections with willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra embodies your unlimited potential to transform thought or inertia into action.
The solar plexus chakra is the source of your personal power and confidence. This enables you to discover who you truly are and let your authenticity flourish. The chakra gives you the ability to overcome fear, master your thoughts, and make conscious choices.
The solar plexus chakra helps grow your confidence and vitality. This empowers you to follow your true path and create the life you want. When balanced, the solar plexus chakra allows you to seize your personal power, develop your authentic self, and take responsibility for your life.
Key Characteristics of the Solar Plexus Chakra
Identity — As the core of your personality and identity, this chakra allows you to bloom into your authentic self and discover who you truly are.
Personal Power — The solar plexus chakra is the source of your personal power. This empowers you to take control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Willpower— Working with your personal power, your solar plexus chakra gives you the willpower and self-discipline to get things done.
Confidence — The solar plexus chakra is responsible for your self-esteem and how you view yourself. It also gives you the confidence to make decisions and feel self-assured.
Intention & Action — This chakra gives you the power to transform your thought into action.
Solar Plexus Chakra Imbalance
The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout your subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in your chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause your mind, body, and spirit to suffer.
When the solar plexus chakra is imbalanced, it can bring a lack of control in your life as well as a loss of identity. If you are working towards becoming a leader, improving your self-esteem, or trying to discover your authentic self, it is important that you open and balance your solar plexus chakra.
Underactive Solar Plexus Chakra — When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy. When your solar plexus chakra is underactive, it can affect your overall well being.
When your solar plexus chakra is underactive, you may be experiencing a sense of lack of control and purpose in life. When the solar plexus chakra becomes blocked, it often leads to emotional problems, ranging from feeling powerless to self-doubting.
Signs of an underactive solar plexus chakra
Lack of Confidence
Lack of Purpose
Overactive Solar Plexus Chakra —When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra. When your solar chakra is overactive, it affects your overall well being.
Too much of anything is never good for you. When your solar plexus chakra is overactive, you may be experiencing issues such as desiring control over others and judging too harshly. When the solar plexus chakra is overwhelmed with energy, it can overstimulate your system. You may feel especially critical and stubborn.
Signs of an overactive solar plexus chakra
Desire for control
Anger and Aggression
How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
Chakra balancing is the process of restoring the harmonious and balanced flow of prana or energy throughout the body. Your chakras are in constant fluctuation. Practicing chakra balancing and aligning is a regular and sometimes daily activity to explore. But how do you balance your solar plexus chakra?
There are many different ways to restore balance to your chakras. What works for you might not work for another. Make sure you find a way that works for you. Listen to your body and find the way that makes you comfortable.
New Experiences — The solar plexus chakra is responsible for helping you discover your authentic self and find your true purpose in life. Getting outside of your comfort zone and experiencing new hobbies, cultures, and ideas can help open and bring balance to your third chakra.
Get Outside — The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by the element of fire. Getting outside on sunny days can help open and restore balance to your third chakra. Taking a walk, meditating, or simply sunbathing can allow your solar plexus energy to flow.
Physical Activity — Physical activity can be stimulating for your solar plexus chakra; yoga can particularly helpful in bringing balance to your solar plexus chakra. Yoga positions that focus on core strength are ideal for the solar plexus chakra. Below are yoga positions and movements that will help connect you to the energy of the solar plexus chakra.
Full Boat Pose | Paripurna Navasana
Firefly Pose | Tittibhasana
Bharadvaja’s Twist | Bharadvajasana I
Sun Salutations | Surya Namaskar
Bow Pose | Dhanurasana
Mediation — Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to help aid in balancing your solar plexus chakra.
Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Focus your attention on the location of your solar plexus chakra: your abdomen, a few inches above the navel.
Since the solar plexus chakra is tied to the color of yellow, imagine a yellow glow above your navel, slowly expanding to the bottom of your rib cage and making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes. You may follow with positive affirmations.
Affirmations — Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in your subtle body. When balancing your solar plexus chakra, practice saying these phrases to yourself:
I love and accept my house
I am authentic
I feel my own powers
I am free to choose in any situation
I direct my own life
Aromatherapy and Herbs — Aromatherapy and natural Herbs can be a powerful and simple tool for opening and balancing your sacral chakra. Use essential oils and natural herbs with balancing aromas that promote feelings of confidence, courage, and motivation. Our Herbal Smokes is designed to aid in balancing and opening your solar plexus chakra.
Crystal Healing — Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by tiger’s eye. When balancing your solar plexus chakra, meditate with tiger’s eye or carry the stone with you to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra.