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Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura

The third chakra is located in the solar plexus, which is your navel area that is related to your abdominal organs. This chakra is known as the power chakra. It encompasses karma, bad company, selfless service, and sorrow. It governs power, accomplishments, will, vital energies, control and the freedom to express yourself. As the name suggests, this chakra means the sun, and reflects pure radiance when it is balanced. As well as being a warm natured person with a healthy intuition and the ability to express yourself well.

When your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you feel in control of yourself and in the decisions and challenges that you have to face on a daily basis. Your mind would become balanced and you would treat everyone as an equal.

If this chakra becomes too domineering, then you can become a workaholic. Struggling with feelings of power and conflict and battling over every minor event would occur, which can lead to violent behaviour. Having a weak solar plexus chakra can create feelings of insecurity, guilt and make you unable to stand up for yourself. These individuals can be easily manipulated and are constantly worried what other people think of them and need constant reassurance.

The solar plexus chakra is located in the centre of the body, involving your decision making skills and intellect. For improving the health of this chakra, it is important to make your own choices, rather than having others deciding for you. This chakra can weaken if you feel powerlessness in your life. This is quite common in adults if in their childhood had no say in anything. The development age of this chakra is 8 to 12. This is the puberty stage of life where teenagers often want to explore and make their own decisions.

Ways to balance the Solar Plexus Chakra

There are some yoga postures that can stimulate this chakra by engaging your abdominal muscles. Boat Pose, or Navasana in Sanskrit strengthens your abdominals and back muscles an improves your balance and focus. Downward Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana helps develop strength and is great for your lower back. Your abdominal muscles have to be engaged (kept tight) in order to gain the most benefit. Spinal Twists massage your internal organs, such as your stomach, kidneys and spleen and also detoxify the body by clearing away unwanted toxins.

Sun Salutation
Sun salutations is a series of postures that help the body to gain flexibility. It regulates the breath and focuses the mind. It also increases blood flow to the organs and is detoxifying.
Chakra Meditation Video
Here is a chakra meditation exercise to bring awareness to your higher energy centres. This meditation is most helpful when you reinforce it with a regular yoga asana practice, self-analysis and positive activities throughout the day.

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