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The solar plexus chakra, known as the Manipura in sanskrit, helps invigorate healthy metabolism, while minimizing the stagnating effects of couch potato syndrome.
Location - Midway between navel and base of sternum
Sanskrit Name - Manipura
Color - Yellow
# of Petals - 10
Element - Fire
Mantra - Ram
Mind - Personal Power
Emotion - Expansiveness
Spirit - Growth
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YELLOW governs the SOLAR PLEXUS chakra, situated below the ribs.
WISDOM, CLARITY, SELF-ESTEEM
Related organs: liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.
Endocrine gland: pancreas
Associated problems: diabetes, pancreatitis, liver disease, peptic ulcer, Coeliac's disease, and gall stones.
Personality Traits: Good-humored, optimistic, confident, practical, and intellectual.
Yellow is a creative colour and relates to self worth. How we feel about ourselves and how we feel others perceive us. This is the area of the personality, the ego and the intellect. Gives us clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive and understand. The yellow energyconnects us to our mental self.
Feeling of Inferiority
Nutrition for the Solar-plexus: Bananas, granola, and grains such as bread, pasta, rice, flax, sunflower seeds. Dairy such as cheese and yogurt, and spices that include ginger, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cummin and fennel and mint.
Meaning : Home of gems Element :Fire Action : Recognition Mindset :Competitive Aspects: Ego / family Guna : Rajas Yoga : Karma
Yantra : Manipura is the next chakra with ten different nadis entering and visualized as a rotating vortex of energy with ten petals carrying energy from the digestive system, liver and gall bladder. The shape of the chakra is an inverted triangle, symbolizing a fire rising. The colour of this chakra is Yellow. The symbolic animal for this chakra is a Ram, the vehicle of Agni, the fire god. It depicts the nature of a third chakra person – strong and charges with the head. Its deity is Rudra – a primal form of Shiva seated on tiger skin (depicting the mind).
Mantra: The ten alphabets on the petals correspond to the vibratory frequency of the nadis coming in from the physical body. The Bija Mantra of the manipura chakra is “Ram". Uttering these mantras in a certain format while meditating on the navel and in a certain phonetic style, stimulates the chakra. When repeated in proper manner, the sound increases digestive power, powers of assimilation and absorption and brings longevity.
Practices : There are teachers and gurus who teach the correct techniques of stimulating the chakras using visualization, puja, havans and mantras, also called kriya kands. Different practices for arousing and balancing the energies of Manipura include various asanas which work on that part of the body, pranayama, Uddiyana bandha (exhaling and pulling back and up of the abdomen and diaphragm respectively) and agnisara kriya (practicing jalandhara bandha and moving the abdomen in and out), as well as the practice of Nauli (stomach churning), and a pranayama called the union of prana and apana, where the lower and higher winds are made to unite together.
Foods : Starch, carbohydrates, sugar, sweets, caffeine. In the endocrine system, Manipura is said to be associated with the pancreas, and the outer adrenal cortex. These glands create important hormones involved in digestion, converting food into energy for the body. Yellow food like lemon are good.
General : Some of the characteristics of people of this chakra are spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness. Manipura is considered the centre of dynamism, energy, willpower and achievement. It is associated with the power of fire, and digestion. It is also associated with the sense of sight, and the action of movement.
The proper functioning of the third chakra ensures the following psychological features: decisiveness, independent behavioral motivations, personal energy, strong will bright individuality. Imbalanced Manipura may result in nervousness, lack of confidence, avidity, and complex of guilt.