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Solar Plexus

The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra (Manipura), means bright and shining gem. It is associated with our sense of confidence and empowerment. This chakra relates to our ability to follow through and realize our goals. A balanced third chakra puts us in touch with our personal power and brings:

• a strong sense of identity and self-respect
• willpower and perseverance
• the ability to make decisions
• trust in one’s instincts

Basic issues: ego, insight, self-esteem, vitality, discipline, forcefulness, perception

Associated body parts: stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen, adrenal glands

Emotional Issues: anger, poor self-image, resentment, powerlessness, fear of rejection, compulsiveness

Physical Issues: digestive problems, food allergies, diabetes, ulcers, jaundice, hepatitis, gallstones, adrenal imbalances

Sanskrit: Manipura
Color: golden yellow
Mantra: ram
Element: fire
Sense: sight
Food: complex carbohydrates (eg. Whole grains, beans)
Gemstones and crystals: citrine, yellow calcite, jasper, topaz
Essential oils: black pepper, ginger, peppermint
Flower essences: chamomile, goldenrod, pink yarrow
Yoga asana: Dhanurdharasana (bow pose)
Beneficial activities: aerobics, power yoga, swimming, power walking, hiking