We all know that there are a total of seven chakras in the human body that stand for their important role. Each chakra is located in a different location starting from the base, moving upward to the head. These chakras are associated with different elements and color which governs the functions of that area.
And among these 7 chakras, we are discussing the third primary Chakra- Manipura chakra. This page will include its meaning, importance, how to balance it, and changes in the body due to imbalanced chakras.
What is Manipura Chakra?
According to Vedic tradition, the Manipura chakra is the third primary chakra among the 7 chakras and is called naval chakra or solar plexus chakra. According to Hindu tantrism, Manipura is known as the ‘lustrous gem of the city’. This chakra is located below the diaphragm and three fingers above the navel. Like every chakra, the navel chakra is the wheel of energy that flows throughout the body. Moreover, the third chakra is connected to your self-esteem and reflects an individual’s identity. It represents personal desire and will. The solar plexus chakra is balanced, it allows the body to take in all the essential nutrients and help in the digestion process. Naval chakra provides the power to transform and energy to fight in difficult situations.
What is the Importance of Manipura chakra or navel chakra in life?
Navel chakra or Manipura chakra is associated with the element of Fire and the main color of this chakra is yellow. It builds a sense of self and is considered important for humans. It also lets you know your identity and manifest your purpose for life. The balanced navel chakra allows energy to move freely in the body and it also reduces mental stress. Moreover, if the navel chakra is in healthy alignment, it also gives you relief from abdominal problems. You get to know who you are and your purpose in life. It controls the function of the liver, pancreas, upper abdomen, kidney, small intestine, and gallbladder. It strengthens our health and gives us energy.
How to balance Manipura or Navel Chakra?
As said before, a balanced navel chakra is very important for the human body as it controls the vital function of the body. It is mainly associated with your inner self and motivates you to know your purpose as a human. But if the navel chakra gets blocked or is out of alignment, it invites lots of health and mental problems. So, to deal with this situation you have to bring change in your lifestyle.
Yoga is the best exercise to activate the flow of energy which is blocked due to imbalance in the navel chakra. Practicing yoga every day will help you to focus and make you understand what is going on with your inner self and also activates the digestion process. It also strengthens you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here we are listing some effective yoga poses for imbalance navel chakra
Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
- Builds focus and stability
- Stretches thighs, shoulder, ankle
- Strengthen arms and shoulders
- Increase stamina
- Improves balance of the body
Surya namaskar (sun salutation pose)
- Boost immunity
- Improves concentration
- Builds flexibility
- Gives inner peace and relief to the mind
- Increases strength
Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
- Strengthen abdominal muscles
- Weight loss
- Provide flexibility to hips
- Improves posture
- Helps in dealing with fatigue
Navasana (Boat Pose)
- Builds focus
- Strengthen hip and adductor muscles
- Improves abdominal and core strength
- Boost confidence and energy
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting half spinal twist)
- Improves the process of digestion
- Relieve back pain
- Strengthen spinal mobility
- Stretches muscles
Symptoms of Unbalanced Manipura Chakra
There are some major signs which will help you to identify that the navel chakra is blocked or closed.
And these symptoms include-
- Stomach ulcers
- Colon disease
- Liver disease
Apart from these problems, you might also suffer from other issues like-
- Eating disorders
- Imbalance processing of nutrients
Behavioral changes due to imbalance Manipura Chakra
An unbalanced navel chakra also affects people mentally and leads to changes in their behavior. People start behaving differently which even has a bad impact on our health.
- Mood swings
- Lack of confidence
- Aggressive behavior
- Lack of support
- Feeling of inertia
Manipura or navel or solar Plexus Chakra is one of the important chakras. We should always be ourselves with such activities that let the chakra get imbalanced or blocked. It lets you understand your purpose and desire and connects you to your inner self. As we mentioned, it not only affects you physically but you also feel a connection with your mind.