Located in the upper abdomen in the stomach area, the manipura chakra gives people the ability to be confident and have control. It is associated with self-esteem and can aid in motivation. Physically, the manipura chakra is involved with the adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the liver. It is associated with the digestive system and one's metabolism. Emotionally, it is where the emotions live and is associated with one's intellectual thoughts. If in balance, it is where one feels warmth, ease, laughter and bravery. If this chakra is deficient, it can lead to eating disorders, digestive issues, and feeling like a victim. If there is too much of this chakra, one may feel anger, hatred, be a perfectionist and hunger for status, power and recognition.
Other characteristics of the manipura, also known as the solar plexus or navel, chakra:
- Color: Yellow
- Element: Fire
- Mantra: Ram
- Petals on the lotus flower: 10
- God: Rudra
- Goddess: Lakini
Poses to find balance in the manipura chakra can either re-energize the body or allow one to relax. The element of this chakra is fire, so if feeling too hyped up or angry and frustrated, try some relaxed backbends to release some of this fiery energy. For example, bridge with a block underneath the lower back/sacrum area or make it even more restorative with a bolster underneath the lower back. If feeling insecure, tired, and have a lack of energy, do poses that will allow the manipura chakra to get fired up. Examples would be navasana (boat pose), twists to help stimulate the digestive system or any other poses that will work the core.
Tomorrow: The Anahata Chakra