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Activate your Power Center – working with the Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow Chakra)

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Gemma Clarke

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Have you been feeling lost, unmotivated, and lacking the energy to get up off the couch and start working toward your goals? Activating the solar plexus chakra (yellow chakra) energy may be the key that you need to push yourself into action!

The solar plexus chakra, also known as Manipura Chakra in Sanksrit, is the powerhouse of the body. To ignite your inner fire and find your true strength and power, take a look at some of these firey ideas.

What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?

The yellow chakra is the third chakra of the seven primary chakras. It is located just above the belly button, above the sacral chakra, and is a spinning wheel of fierce yet loving energy. It is connected with the element of fire and when it is in balance, it reminds you how to stand in your power and put your best foot forward into this world.

How do I know if my Solar Plexus Chakra is in balance?

A balanced solar plexus chakra looks and feels like a healthy sense of self-confidence and self-esteem, appropriate boundaries with yourself and within your relationships, and a healthy digestive system.

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Here are some questions to consider to reflect on your yellow chakra:

  • Do I stay true to myself and uphold my boundaries when necessary?
  • Am I able to say yes or no when I truly mean it?
  • Do I digest life experiences with ease?
  • Do I digest my food with ease?
  • Do I have a motivational outlook on life and the willingness to work hard to achieve my goals?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, it is likely that your solar plexus chakra is in a place of good balance.

If your answer was mostly no, then it looks like you’ve got some work to do. Read on to find out what an imbalanced solar plexus chakra can look like.

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Physical Body Manifestations of the Solar Plexus Chakra

When the Manipura Chakra is out of balance, it commonly manifests in the body as digestive system disorders. This chakra is closely related to the stomach, the large intestine and the small intestine, the liver, the kidneys, and the spleen. This is why, when it is imbalanced it can lead to digestive issues such as stomach pain, indigestion, sluggish digestion, constipation, or diarrhea.

As it is also related to personal power and self-esteem, solar plexus chakra imbalance can also manifest as eating disorders or a lack of desire to nourish the body with food.

Energetic Manifestations of the Solar Plexus Chakra

On an energetic level, the solar plexus chakra is about finding your personal power.

When this particular chakra is out of balance, it can lead to low self-esteem, low self-worth, a victim mentality, or being overly rigid in the body and mind.

If solar plexus energy is low, it may lead you to feel insecure and unsure. If the solar plexus energy is too high it can cause you to have control issues.

To find a middle ground, you need to discover the true sense of inherent power that resides within you for this will lead to a deeper understanding of yourself and a healthy alignment with those around you. A balanced yellow chakra will make you feel motivated and have a healthy sense of self-control when you face challenges.

Solar Plexus Chakra Color

The solar plexus chakra is connected with the color yellow. Just like the sun, this yellow color shines brightly from within, stimulating this energy center. It is connected with the element of fire which enables this chakra to radiate the power of transformation and transmutation.

While yellow is a strong color, it can also be one that helps you to feel calm and is often associated with positivity. This is because the solar plexus chakra in balance is calm and controlled, positive and motivated.

Healing and Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra

Here are a number of ideas to heal the yellow chakra

Wearing Yellow for the Yellow Chakra

To bring balance into the yellow chakra, the easiest way to start is by wearing more of the color yellow. You can also eat more yellow foods, think bananas, pineapple, turmeric, ginger, and lemons. Not coincidentally, these foods also support the digestive system!

Repeat Positive Affirmations to Create Positive Change

You can also work to increase the positive energy in the solar plexus chakra by repeating affirmations. This repetition helps to reverse negative thought patterns and rewire the brain to support positive change. It may even help to open a blocked chakra. Try these:

  • I forgive myself for past mistakes as I step into the future.
  • I am willing and able to stand in my personal power.
  • I stand up for myself and my self-confidence manifests in all aspects of my life.
  • I return to emotional balance as I deepen my self-awareness.
  • I embrace new beginnings and I learn to accept self-love.

Yoga Poses for Solar Plexus Chakra Healing

Sun salutations are a great way of activating the Manipura Chakra energy. Here is a sequence you can follow to light your inner fire:

You can also try some of these individual poses:

Navasana (Boat Pose)

Boat pose really activates your core and gives your inner strength a workout.

Khumbakasana (Plank pose) or Chatarunga (Low Plank Pose)

These two are great for working the core and holding yourself in a place of powerful strength.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2)

Warrior energy is one of strength and courage, perfect for awakening the energy of the solar plexus. You can even invite in the yellow chakra color by visualizing the sun at the tips of your fingers as you gaze forward.

Using Crystals Solar Plexus Chakra Healing

There are a few lustrous gemstones that are great for the solar plexus. You can use these by placing them directly on the yellow chakra center, right above the belly button, or you can hold them in your hands during meditation. Try these yellow stones:

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  • Citrine
  • Goldstone
  • Amber
  • Yellow Calcite
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Pyrite
  • Clear Quartz
  • Petrified Wood

A Fire Ritual for the Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus is connected with the element of fire, so if you want to develop more solar plexus power, you can invite this playful element into your life.

Choose a candle, or if you have the space, you can even make an outdoor bonfire, and set aside some time to sit with yourself, some paper, and a pen.

Start by gazing at the fire and recognizing the power of transformation that dances within the flames.

Take a few deep breaths as you allow this fire into your body. With every breath, imagine that you are drawing the fire directly into your solar plexus.

Now, take your pen and paper and write down what you want to let go of. This could be limiting beliefs, thoughts, or actions that have been causing you emotional and physical distress, thoughts of low self-esteem, or anything else that you no longer want to hold onto.

As you write, just know that everyone is healing at different speeds, and it is natural to have difficult thoughts. Also know that you can let go of these thoughts for good, and you are about to!

Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, place your piece of paper in the fire (or burn it safely if you are using a candle at home). Watch the paper transform into ash, and as it does, feel the weight of the negative thought patterns melt away.

Now, take a new piece of paper and write some new thoughts about how you want to feel when you are in your power. Make sure these are constructive ones, thoughts that make you feel good.

Keep this new piece of paper nearby and remind yourself of what you let go of and what you are capable of as you move into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Yellow Chakra meaning?

The third chakra, the solar plexus is related to personal power, strength, self-esteem, and emotional balance. This chakra is one of the main chakras connected with the physical body, the digestive process, and the way you experience life.

How can I work with the third chakra?

To work with the solar plexus, you can start repeating affirmations that help to develop your self-esteem, courage, and personal power. You can also work with the color yellow in clothing or foods, focus on healing your digestive system or invite more fire into your life. You can also light a yellow candle, try sun gazing or exercise and move the body. Do something that makes you feel powerful!

About Gemma Clarke

Gemma Clarke is a certified and experienced yoga & meditation instructor. She has been practicing meditation since 2014 and teaching since 2018. Gemma specializes in yoga and mindfulness for emotional wellbeing, and she has taught in Thailand, Cambodia, and the UK. Gemma is passionate about sharing her expertise and experience with meditation to inspire others to live more mindfully, becoming happier, healthier, and calmer. Follow me: Instagram | LinkedIn

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