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What is the Solar Plexus Chakra? How to awaken & connect with your Manipura energy

Yoga for Chakras Series 3 - Manipura (Solar Plexus) Chakra

Location – Situated in the upper abdomen, in the stomach area

Association – Stomach and digestion

Colour – Yellow

Element – Fire

Meaning – Personality, confidence, self-esteem, and motivation

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The third of our seven primary chakras, the Manipura (or solar plexus) chakra is associated with our personality and identity, motivation, confidence and self-esteem.

If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘there’s a fire in your belly’ you’ll know about this chakra, and where it resides. Located above the navel, this chakra is linked with the stomach and digestion. When our Manipura energy is well balanced, we feel empowered, filled with purpose and free to live our most authentic selves.

Misalignment of this chakra can lead to feelings of insecurity or low self-esteem. An imbalance can cause some to take a victim mentality, or conversely have control issues. Physical symptoms may manifest through stomach and digestive complaints, including indigestion, heartburn, constipation or even diabetes.

To help ignite your inner energy, try using some of the following affirmations:

  • I love and accept myself

  • I honour my power within

  • Everything I need, I have within

  • I am strong and courageous

Visualise a yellow fire in the stomach, light yourself up and get your inner fire burning by incorporating a few of the below yoga poses into your practice. Awaken your Manipura chakra.

Yoga Poses

Navasana (Boat Pose)

From seated with your palms on the floor b