Our Chakra System syllabus at HOA aims to provide a deeper understanding of the subtle energy centers that govern our physical and energetic body. This week November 18th - 24th, we move up the spinal column to the third chakra, the Solar Plexus chakra, which is located above the navel, where the diaphragm is located. The Sanskrit name “Manipura” translates to “lustrous gem.”
The Solar Plexus chakra represents the seat of our willpower and is associated with our ego. It is linked to the perception of who we are, and is the center of our Self-esteem, discipline and motivation. While the Sacral chakra is responsible for regulating our creative energy, the Solar Plexus chakra is responsible for the action required to turn this energy into tangible reality. The energy of this chakra allows us to transform inertia into action and movement, and helps us to meet challenges to move forward in life. When we need to get things done, we are tapping into the energies of the Solar Plexus chakra. This chakra also enables us to step into our power, with confidence, responsibility and reliability. When we are connected to our true power, we are sure of our abilities, we respect ourselves and we are excited to create.
It is important to use our personal power in a balanced manner. By harnessing the energy of the Solar Plexus, we are able to be proactive rather than reactive or inactive. An overactive Solar Plexus chakra may cause a person to be reactive. They may have spontaneous reactions to the world around them, have emotional outbursts or are often stressed out. They may also overdo things, or are compulsive in nature. In extreme cases, they may have poor impulse control or have difficulty controlling their actions, and may be quick to anger. Someone with an under active Solar Plexus chakra may be passive and inactive. They may let life pass them by while they do nothing. This person may be indecisive, unmotivated or unable to recognise their true creative powers due to self-doubt or other limiting ideas. They may be insecure and may crave external validation. Physically, they may even suffer from digestive issues or problems in internal organs such as the appendix, pancreas, liver and kidneys.
When the Solar Plexus is balanced, we find a sense of Wisdom, Self-love and Self-acceptance. We take pride in our work and we know our worth. We recognise that at the core of everything, we have the power to choose. Do we choose self-victimisation and self-defeat or do we choose to elevate ourselves? Do you feel a sense of freedom in your choices? The Solar Plexus chakra challenges us to step out of our comfort zones. When this happens, our natural confidence emerges. It may seem terrifying at first but it forces us to be in the moment and to stop overthinking. Soon we will realise that we have the ability to handle whatever life throws at us, and recognise our worth.
The Solar Plexus chakra is governed by the element of Fire, and as such its energy is volatile and requires us to tend to it. Similarly, our self-esteem and power needs to be constantly kept in check. If left to escalate, we may become egoistic or cocky, but if not frequently nurtured, we may feel unsure of ourselves. The Solar Plexus energy thus is a reminder to put in consistent work to return to ourselves and connect with our power through a sustained practice.
The Bīja Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Solar Plexus chakra is RAM. It is a sound that runs deep through our core to awaken our inner power.
Join us at HOA this week to fire up the energies of your Solar Plexus chakra with the sound of the Gong. On Thursday November 21st, we will discover the principles, purpose and properties of this chakra in a special 2-hr session. Book your mat today!
* Cancellation for November 21st should be done 3 days prior or you will be charged for late cancellation.
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA