The Third Chakra - Solar Plexus

This week’s focus is on the third chakra, also known as the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura.  It is associated with the color yellow and the element fire. The digestive system is part of this chakra; it is known as our power center, and rightfully so as we consider how the digestive system has a massive impact on so many other body systems. The Solar Plexus is has to do with our individuality, self-will and self-esteem. This is where we embrace the uniqueness about ourselves, and it is connected to how much we allow ourselves to receive. 


As we consider the delicate balance pertaining to the Solar Plexus, “too much” could indicate excess ego, selfishness, lacking emotional warmth or difficulty relaxing. “Too little” can indicate frustration, feeling depressed, lacking confidence or needing to please others. Keeping our chakra energy clear and balanced is important to our healthy mind, spirit, body connection. 


The yoga identity associated with the Solar Plexus is the Ego Identity. When meditating to strengthen and balance this chakra, focus on one’s inner light and opportunities to radiate that light. What messages might the universe give us to embrace and expand on who we are, learn what our special gifts are and how we can use them to give back?


Essential oils can support our power center, they can enhance the love we feel for ourselves and choose in to who we are called to be. Some essential oils supportive to this chakra are Juniper Berry, Lemon, Neroli and Peppermint. As you breathe in the rich aroma of the essential oil(s) of your choice, do any yoga pose of your choice and think about how who you are resonates with the attributes that inspire you. What are those attributes? Love, peace, kindness, empathy, service … ask yourself: Why am I ____________ (love)? This question inspires your brain to search for evidence, and it’s a marvelous way to support your Solar Plexus chakra.