Governed by fire, the 3rd chakra fuels the flames of will, empowerment, and purpose, allowing your best self to shine through! But what exactly is the Solar Plexus Chakra? How can you tell if it is blocked or out of balance? Keep reading to discover the ins & outs as well as Solar Plexus Chakra stones, affirmations, essential oils, and more that can help you live your best life!
An Intro to the Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra can be found in the upper abdomen, near the diaphragm, below the ribcage. Also known as the Manipura in Sanskrit, derived from resplendent gem or city of jewels. Its frequency is yellow, like the sun.
A nourished solar plexus chakra supports a healthy, holistic, stable sense of identity, self-worth, ability, and purpose. When the solar plexus chakra is balanced, we are confident in who we are, our ability to accomplish our goals, and make unique, important contributions to the world. The 3rd chakra fosters empowerment, belief in our aptitudes, and conviction in our freedom to choose.
Signs of a Blocked or Imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
If your Manipura is blocked, you may experience issues with the digestive system like heartburn, acid reflux, IBS, and metabolic imbalances like hypoglycemia. Emotionally and mentally, you might experience low self-esteem, fear of making decisions, lack of motivation, feelings of helplessness, and hopelessness. You may also struggle with jealousy, possessiveness, and anger. These concerns are often due to an unstable sense of self, low self-worth, disconnection to life purpose, and a lack of individuality and personal freedom.
How to Heal, Activate & Align the Solar Plexus Chakra
Yoga for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Most stretches or poses that create warmth or movement in the abdominal area are beneficial for the solar plexus. Some gentle positions include Knees to Chest Pose, Leg Up Pose (try this one against a wall to start), and Reclined Supine Twists.
Food for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Keeping the digestive tract healthy and moving keeps the solar plexus chakra energized and balanced. Complex carbohydrates and whole grains are high in fiber, nourishing the 3rd chakra and promoting gut health; consider salads made with mango and black beans seasoned with lemongrass or brown rice and corn seasoned with turmeric.
Solar Plexus Chakra Essential Oils & Herbs
Herbs that soothe and warm the belly like mint, ginger, and lemongrass open and activate the Manipura. While essential oils that uplift mood, boost energy, and promote optimism, such as calendula, juniper, and lemon, balance and align the 3rd chakra.
Solar Plexus Stones & Crystals
When you need to brighten up the solar plexus, yellow crystals like citrine, honey calcite, and golden healer quartz can help your soul shine! However, there are a variety of energizing stones like fire opal, malachite, carnelian that can give your 3rd chakra a much-needed boost.
Mental & Emotional
Healing Activities & Hobbies for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Activities that affirm your sense of self-worth, empowerment, and accomplishment greatly strengthen and support the solar plexus chakra. Consider learning a new skill or craft, building something that you can display as a testament to your dedication and handiness, or taking an exercise or dance class to fuel your inner fire and show off your best moves!
Journal Prompts for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Reflecting on issues of self-image, self-worth, purpose, and accomplishment can foster a stronger connection to the solar plexus chakra. Consider using the following journal prompts to get you started.
- List 3 or more things I LOVE about myself and why
- What have I done recently to make someone smile?
- In what unique ways do I contribute to the world?
- List 3 or more goals I am proud to have accomplished
- List 3 or more goals I look forward to accomplishing
Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations
The 3rd chakra thrives on affirmations! Make the most of your practice by reciting the words in the mirror or while visualizing your best self. As you repeat your affirmations, envision a radiant sun filling your belly.
- I can achieve anything I set my mind to
- I am enough. I am worthy
- I have an irreplaceable impact on the world
- I love myself, inside and out
- I am capable, I am motivated, I am successful
Next time we will explore the depths and breadth of the heart chakra, the seat of humanity, love, compassion, and unity. In the meantime, remember, “there are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Shine bright!