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Manipura: Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra is called the Solar Plexus Chakra and is located between the navel and the solar plexus and is related to the digestive system.

The color of this chakra is yellow or gold and it’s element is fire. This chakra is representative of our power or sense of self. When this chakra is in balance we have a strong sense of identity and self esteem, also healthy digestion and metabolic fire. When this chakra is blocked we experience anger and control issues, low self esteem and have difficulty making decisions.

There are various ways the cleanse this chakra or focus attention on your Solar plexus area; chanting or singing this chakras sacred sound “Ram”, saying the mantra “I Will”, wearing the color yellow, eating yellow foods, or spending time outside on a sunny day. You can practice asanas or poses that help cleanse your Solar plexus chakra such as Boat or Bow pose. Also incorporating twists to help aid your digestive fire.

You can use pranayama practices such as Skull Shining breath (Kaphalabhati) to access your Solar plexus chakra. In a comfortable seated position inhale through your nose, normally, then exhale quickly through your nose while bringing your belly button towards the back of your spine. This type of breathing aids with digestion. Ask your yoga instructor if you have any questions regarding this breathing practice.

Maintain or reclaim your personal power through your Solar Plexus Chakra. Allow yourself to be You.

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