The third chakra, which is the Manipura Chakra, is also known as the Solar Plexus. Its location is just above the naval in the solar plexus and it governs the liver, pancreas, intestines, gallbladder and stomach. The color of the third chakra is yellow.
The element associated with the solar chakra is fire. It is through the third chakra that we hold on to emotions dealing with family, friends and coworkers. Think of our ancestors, gathered with the tribe around the community fire. This is where discussion takes place, we share nourishing food, stay warm through the dark night.
Imbalances in the third chakra include acid reflux, constipation, imbalance in metabolism, blood sugar imbalance, gallstones, anger, low self-esteem, low energy, lupus and other autoimmune disorders.
To bring balance into the solar chakra, we should come through our truth in all we do, practice forgiveness and compassion, eat a healthy diet, and bring deep laughter into our days.
Exercises that are good to keep third chakra balance are Ti Chi and Qi Gong. There are many resources for both. If you don’t wish to take instruction at a class, you can find excellent dvd’s and YouTube videos to help.
The incense and oils resonating to this chakra are juniper, lemon, cinnamon, bergamot, and grapefruit. Try burning some incense, or mixing a few drops into lotion and applying.
The sacral chakra resonates with the color yellow. Since it is also associated with fire, and with digestion, yellow makes a great color for kitchens, even in small doses such as curtains and towels. If you want to bring peace into a family, friend or coworker discussion, try wearing yellow or placing yellow flowers in the room.
The stones for the third chakra include yellow citrine, topaz, amber. Wearing these stones, or carrying a small one in your pocket can help to keep balance.
Music that relates to the third chakra is marches. Think big band songs, with an upbeat sound that lifts the energy, stokes the flames, and gets things moving.
Animals associated with this chakra are lion and ram. Both show strength, endurance and dignity.
Foods that feed this chakra are complex carbs such as whole grains, blueberries, kiwi, lentils, soybeans, black beans, broccoli, onions, and sweet potatoes. You can find a complete list online.
This chakra’s positive archetype is the Spiritual Warrior.
Its negative archetype is the Slave.
One of the easier yoga poses to do for the Solar Plexus Chakra is the Sphinx pose:
The Sphinx pose will cool down an overactive Manipura Chakra, at the same time it tones the spine and stimulates the sacral-lumbar arch. To do this pose, lay down on your stomach, feet hip-width apart, and bring the elbows under the shoulders. If the pressure on your lower back feels too strong, bring your elbows a bit forward. If you want a deeper bend, you can place a block under the elbows. Hold the pose for 2-3 minutes and come out by first lowering your upper body onto the floor. Relax on the floor for at least 3-4 breaths, and once you feel ready, come to a child pose for 2-3 breaths.
* Please check with your healthcare provider if you are new to yoga. Remember to never force any position. I recommend seeking a trained yoga instructor for beginners.