The solar plexus chakra is our third chakra. The energy of this chakra is to radiate your power in the world. Characterized by the expression of will, personal power, and mental abilities, the energy of the third chakra is mobilized when we assert ourselves in the world. This is the energy center where we make decisions, take action, have a strong sense of self, and exude confidence. The fire in our spirit is evident in this chakra.
LOCATION: above the navel center
REPRESENTS: our will power, motivation, get up and go, our action, vitality, and our sense of personal power
ASSOCIATED ANATOMY: Pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, lower back muscles
BODILY FUNCTIONS: Metabolism, Digestion
PHYSICAL ELEMENT: Fire
AFFIRMATION: I do
Understanding the subtle changes in our physical body and emotions can lead us to understand more about who we are. By paying close attention we can find out throughout self discovery what we need to feel more balanced and harmonious.
Balanced: This center is open and balanced when you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, are self-motivated your third chakra is open and healthy. The third chakra is all about the perception of who you are and your relationship with yourself. This fiery chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality when balanced and open.
Excessive: When this chakra is overactive there is excessive anger issues, stubbornness, desire for control, perfectionism, and being overly critical. A person with an overactive third chakra can also display arrogance, selfishness and the desire to manipulate others.
Deficient:A deficient third-chakra imbalance may express itself through shyness, difficulty setting boundaries, and a reluctance to share our gifts and talents with others. Additionally, someone with a weaker third chakra may have trouble making decisions, following through with actions, and may be seen as weak and unable to show up in life with confidence.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Apply the essential oils to the bottoms of the feet and/or roll along the belly.
Aromatically: apply the oils to your palms and cup your nose and take deep, long breaths.
Cinnamon: Assists individuals in dealing with jealousy or the need to control. This essential oil encourages one to let go of control and be free. It also dispels fear of rejection and brings out confidence. Cinnamon is a great choice for helping those develop body acceptance, feeling accepted and have healthy intimacy.
Coriander: Helps individuals move from doing things for the acceptance of others to honoring and living from the True Self. Coriander teaches that there is something unique within each individual and to live with the connection of what one’s spirit urges and directs. This oil is a great choice to bring out integrity, inner guidance and the True Self.
Ginger: A dynamic oil for empowerment. This oil is a great choice for anyone looking to be fully present in life and to be committed to one’s path. Ginger empowers individuals to take responsibility for their life circumstances and to embody a warrior type spirit. This strong and spicy oil is perfect for those seeking to be empowered, committed, capable, purposeful and accountable.
Clove: Assists individuals in letting go of patterns that being a push-over and encourages courage to stand up for one’s self. This oil reignites the inner fire and encourages one to be independent, proactive and to live with one’s integrity. This hot oil is a perfect choice for those who perceive themselves as powerless of life’s circumstances and to find within themselves the capability that exists within.
Peppermint: This oil brings buoyancy to the heart and the soul. This invigorating oil reminds individuals that life can be happy and to not be controlled by fear. Peppermint is a great choice when faced with emotional pain as it gives one a chance to take a breath and can the optimism that exists within. Peppermint is the perfect oil for optimism.
GEMSTONE FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Citrine: The Citrine crystal stone meaning harnesses the energy of the sun to bring sunshine and light to all areas of your life. It is not called light maker for nothing, as it projects light into our lives, it chases away the negativity from our lives and dispels anger. Ever ready to bring good vibes and grace to the table, this sunny stone has an instant effect on the health and wealth of your body, mind, and soul. Citrine works wonders when it comes to warming the physical body and bringing uplifting moods. Because of its association with the solar plexus chakra, the Citrine crystal meaning is effective in increasing your personal power and self-confidence. Citrine’s bright and happy energy fills your spirit with positivity and the highest vibrations, clearing any blockages or imbalances in your solar plexus chakra with its sunny energy. This makes a Citrine crystal ideal for happiness, confidence, manifestation, and wealth.
YOGA FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
When we feel stuck, we often isolate ourselves or seek to escape. Unfortunately this creates a cycle of feeling alone and disconnected. A balanced solar plexus chakra can bring with it sense of positivity and connection to own’s personal power. Balance your solar plexus chakra with the following yoga postures.
Warrior I: Warrior I is awesome for teaching body awareness and increasing the body-mind connection. The internal rotation of the back foot, combined with the squaring of the hips and full plant of the back foot, requires that one have a great perception of where their body is in space. Warrior I is great for opening the heart and developing courage. This pose has you standing really strong: one leg back, one leg forward, hips facing forward, and your chest lifted. This powerful stance can help you gain inner strength and courage, letting you open up to yourself and others.
Warrior II: Warrior II can be a practice in finding ease within effort. This pose offers a unique opportunity to practice finding where you can allow excess tensions to dissolve, as you continue to hold what needs to be held for stability and integrity within the pose. This work on the physical level can translate to work on the mental level as well—where are you holding unnecessary tensions in your life? Where you can you learn to relax, while you hold strength in other areas? Warrior II is all about finding peace in the moment, and peace within yourself.
Boat:Boat Pose is a challenging balance pose that engages the core. Beyond creating physical strength, it has the the potential to create great mental strength within us as well. It does this by showing us our ability to conquer difficult situations, firing up the belly and tapping into our inner reserves.
Supine/Seated Twists:Twists are wonderful postures if you deal with stress or anxiety. These postures will help to open the chest, shoulders and back, all of which can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness. You will be releasing stored tension in the body as you twist, which can have a positive effect on your mental state. Through twisting we lengthen the spine and get space between the bones. Then our energy can flow better. Twists give us an instant energy lift.
Plank: This pose is excellent for firing up the core and stoking the inner fire. Plank Pose will help to increase focus, stamina, and both physical and mental endurance. This pose helps enables you to continue challenging yourself.It ignites your passion and allows you to challenge your limits. This pose also calms your mind and eases the symptoms of depression. Along with that, it can also improve your mood and make you feel happy about yourself and your surroundings.
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