Solar Plexus Chakra : Manipura

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.


Manipura Chakra: Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra. The Sanksrit name MANIPURA translates to “City of Gems.

It is located at the naval or belly-button, the center of our gravity. It is associated with a golden yellow and fire. The SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is like a burning furnace. 

  • The MANIPURA has 10 Petals for the 10 nerve endings that are a source of energy for the SOLAR PLEXUS. The petals are blue like the base of any flame. The inverted triangle within the circle represents the transformative power of this fiery energy center.
  • This SOLAR PLEXUS holds the body’s energy and willpower, determination, and ego. It is considered to be the center of our Shakti (our divine female energy) and the only chakra that radiates prana up and down.
  • The animal associated with MANIPURA is the ram. This proud animal charges with head down blocking their awareness and concern for the consequences of their actions. They’re only preoccupied by their pursuits. 

In the MANIPURA Chakra we pick right up from where we left off in SWADHISTHANA, accepting our dualistic nature: the sorting through our good and bad, BUT now we have the unique opportunity to free ourselves once and for all from undesirable qualities and habits through our will. MANIPURA gives the power to create and to destroy.

Some examples of the subconscious behaviors interrupting harmony: Why we talk too much, say too little, blame others, cower, manipulate, deceive, demand and/or carelessly disregard and disrespect the energy of others.

The only caveat to activating the transformative fire of the SOLAR PLEXUS is that, it does not discriminate. She burns all.

Confidence is necessary to align your will with your life. Trust in who you are and the process of becoming. There are no dialog boxes in MANIPURA, such as:

Doing away with your neediness may increase the direct nature of                         your speech and language and consequently give you ample                             opportunity to spend time alone.   Do you wish to continue?                               

Transformational energy calls on the best you to participate in the change.

A person with a balanced SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is as self-reliant as they are self-confident. They understand what they need, and what their life needs from them.

If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is blocked:

There may be an interruption to your psyche, how you relate to your self and others, as this is where the sense of self originates. You may feel like you lack the confidence or motivation to move forward and progress on personal projects, that the ideas you have are laughable or pointless. The SOLAR PLEXUS gives one the ability to take action on their goals. Symptoms may include:

  • Social Complications
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Lack of self-control
  • Codependency or an inability to set & maintain personal boundaries
  • Addiction
  • Making plans or having a lot of ideas without finding efficient ways to realize them
  • Being obsessed with minute details, seeing life through a filter of plus and minuses while losing sight of the whole picture.
  • Lack of direction, purpose, or ambition

The SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is closely tied to digestive health and the metabolism. Literally the breaking down of one thing and turning it into another. Complications with MANIPURA can have physical manifestations as well.

  • Poor digestion, gas, nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
  • Organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty gaining or losing weight

If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is overactive:

Solar Plexus Chakra may result in an aggravated existence internally and externally. Symptoms may include:

  • Perfectionism

  • Being overly critical

  • Anger issues

  • Excessive stubbornness

  • Desire for control

Balancing your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra:

MANIPURA’s seed sound is RAM. The lips should press towards each other into the center of the face and tongue against the palate as you let the vibration of the ‘R’ warm the muscles of the face and throat. Concentrate visually as well as pranically on the naval. As you breathe in, imagine a golden flame ready to dissolve any complications that are resting here to come between you and your highest self-esteem. Meditation in this Chakra is restorative and helps you pursue your goals selflessly. Your personal power should not come from a place of egotism. Understanding and connecting to this power will bring you closer to others in a stable and clear manner, so that you can remain true to yourself with the awareness of your actions. 

  • Yellow: Wear it. Eat it. Look and hold yellow objects, gemstones, and flowers. 

If your SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra is balanced you hold your personal power evenly with the power of everything around you.

When the Solar Plexus chakra is balanced, you may experience pristine metabolism, but not just the breaking down of food, but all that we process (take in) in a day and using that energy to fortify and enhance (give back) our life. When you can balance direct communication with the world without being rude or condescending, you have harmonized the energy flow of your SOLAR PLEXUS.

  • Lucky encounters : As if you are creating your reality.

  • Serendipitous experiences

  • Harmony with your surrounding




Me as a Yoga Teacher

Yoga: Connecting our Dots.

 Image result for yoga peaceWe empower this art with practice and intention.

Practice: We join each of our dots to become whole. 

Intention: We create what that whole image looks like.

We use the the body to still the mind.

I start at the scheduled time, what about you? We do not begin yoga cold, start deep breathing the minute you arrive- suck in the navel to activate the core in any way you feel is good for you to warm-up. Don’t know how? Just start by contracting your muscles, first your butt, then the muscles on the front of the legs, etc. Close your eyes and feel what’s under your skin. This is self-induced trance. Take it seriously.

I will not ask you to move fast, so don’t start racing with yourself or others around you.

This is the antithesis of yoga. Think like tortoise. Move like a tortoise. You will always take at least one full inhale and one full exhale for each posture before you transition out of it.

Vinyasa: to move. I will teach you how to trust Asana, as in the holding of one position and vinyasa the movement from one asana into another. This is only 1/8 of the Yoga Experience.


Three tips to make your Yoga Transformation successful:

  • Common sense: This is not a “no-pain-no-gain” movement. This is ancient play. You are to be having fun – even in the most uncomfortable.

Do not force yourself into a pose. Asana is designed to dissolve emotional blockages trapped in your tissues. This is something that requires grace and patience. Think of it as loving yourself. We do not have the same body nor do we give or take love in the same way. None of us do. Postures may look very differently for each of us but the benefit is the same. If this is where your learning about yoga begins, welcome. I am happy to share this experience with you.

  • Commitment: This is a real place inside. You must make a decision to be here or there, wherever, and while yoga is about freedom. All freedom comes with great responsibility. You must listen to the ways that your body wants to move. You must balance intensity with sustainability. Transformational energy is already within you and yoga is about quieting the distractions that take you away from that commitment to yourself.

I will ask you to look around and make eye contact with someone. I will ask you to smile and celebrate their beauty and presence, in class- or the subway- wherever-whenever. Now look back at your own gaze and celebrate your presence. Sometimes we can get far from even the most enjoyable parts of ourselves.

  • Courtesy: Be courteous to your practice. It is called a practice because it is not perfect. Some days you notice what is going on in each pose, and some days you have to work for that awareness. Be courteous with each breath, but also with me as your guide.

We are constantly exchanging energy. Be courteous with every single person here.Do not sit and complain about your life’s struggles. No one can help you, but you. There is no talking in a yoga room/studio. Even if you and your immediate neighbor are happy to share, others are here for stillness. This is a time for them as much as it is for you. Let us grow together.