Manipura, The Solar Plexus Chakra

The core of our personality, our identity, our ego is what is found in the solar plexus chakra. It’s the perception of who we are, our willpower, self discipline.

It’s colour is yellow and it’s element is fire, located just above your navel (belly button). It translates as “city of gems”… which at first made no sense, however I’ve since embraced that simply as “something very precious”. And Manipura is the one chakra that will have the biggest impact and directly benefit from a healthy diet because it involved the digestive organs.

When Manipura is strong and balanced, you will move forward in life with confidence. You can build plans into reality, be assertive and have effortless relationships with those around you. If it unbalanced or blocked, you may misuse your power to manipulate or to control others. And there may also be a feeling of helplessness, lack of direction or formulating ideas but having no idea how to put them in to action. To build your third chakra, you need to have self love and self confidence and doing the following poses should help too…

1. high plank. Push the ground away to draw your shoulder blades up to the sky. Engage your core and don’t let your hips weigh down. Keep the body in a long line from your heels to the crown of your head.

Plank Pose

Plank Pose

2. Dhanurasana. This pose is quite specific to open up the third chakra. Bend your knees to take hold of the pinky edge of your feet. Kick your feet into the hands and this will lift the chest off the floor. If you want deepen the pose, push your feet harder into the hands and point the toes to the sky. Visualise the colour yellow as you soften your gaze forwards.

Dhanurasana, Bow Pose

Dhanurasana, Bow Pose

3. Virabhadrasana 3. Warrior three is a balancing pose which engages the abdominals. Shift balance into one foot and bring the other out behind you. Flex this foot, pointing the toes to the floor and slowing lift it as you also lower your torso toward the ground, finding an equilibrium. Keep the spine long, creating a long line from the heel to the crown of your head. Vary your arms by bringing them down by the sides or reaching forward to fire up the core even more, or use this variation in the photo below.

Virabhadrasana III, Warrior Three

Virabhadrasana III, Warrior Three

4. Any twist will engage and bring energy to the solar plexus. A seated twist or a twist lying down is perfect. Twists wake up your digestive system and encourage a healthy gut.

Seated twist

Seated twist

Use these poses to fire up the solar plexus chakra, open it up and gain some abdominal strength. Join me in classes this week to delve in to Manipura chakra, building heat whilst it snows outside!

Contact me on kiri@littlehealthbunny.com to ask any questions about yoga or book here if you’d like to join me in a yoga class in Tunbridge Wells.

Kiri - Little Health Bunny x