Sanskrit Name for the Solar Plexus is Manipura
Solar Plexus Chakra Color is Yellow
The Solar Plexus is the center of vitality. It controls the entire energy balance in the body, strengthening and consolidating your overall health. This chakra is the core of your personality and identity.
Allowing you to bloom into your authentic self, you will discover who you truly are. It is the source of your power — your warrior energy. It forms your deepest connections with willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. You will feel self-assured and easily make decisions and take action readily. The solar plexus chakra embodies your unlimited potential to transform thought or inertia into action.
The solar plexus chakra starts at the diaphragm which is the upper part of the belly, all the down to to the navel.
How an Unbalanced Solar Plexus Manifests in the Body
It can cause fatigue, overeating, excessive weight around the stomach, digestive, intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, and indigestion. It can cause food allergies, eating disorders, poor metabolism, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and obesity. It also affects eczema, acne, and other stress-related skin conditions.
Signs of an Overactive Solar Plexus Chakra
It can cause a person to be controlling, overly critical, stubborn, angry, aggressive, and judgemental.
Signs of an Underactive Solar Plexus Chakra
A person can feel a lack of purpose in life, feeling powerless, self-doubting, low self-esteem, and indecisive.
How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
Balance this chakra by sitting in a quiet place or while doing the yoga poses below. Take in a few deep breaths. Chant “I intend” as you call forth the yellow energy of intention. Alternate “I intend” with the Bija Mantra below.
This is the energy center of your personal power and can be very strong and influence everything around you. Martial arts calls on this energy center to increase the strength and energy of the martial arts poses. In yoga, while intention is certainly needed, it must be applied in a balanced manner, consistent with the broader teachings of yoga, non-harming and co-existing, so as not to be overbearing.
Bija Mantra Meditation
‘Ram’ – Pronounced ‘Raaahm’