Manipura the solar plexus chakra belongs to what is referred to as the lower chakras along with Muladhara the root chakra, and Svadhisthana the sacral chakra.
The lower chakras relate to our terrestrial nature whereas the upper chakras are connected to our spiritual nature. This doesn’t mean that the lower chakras are any less important. It’s imperative to have the lower chakras well balanced so that we can move up to our spiritual centres with clarity about our earthly nature, and a deep understanding of our basic motivations.
Manipura relates to the fire element that lives in the solar plexus. When this chakra is well balanced you will have good self-esteem and plenty of energy to get things done. You are likely to be upbeat and will be supportive of other people’s endeavours.
Well-balanced energy at Manipura cultivates warmth and support, without jealousy or competition. You will have enough self-esteem to accept yourself as you are without the need for comparisons. This means that you are free to use the your energy on useful work which is not only beneficial to you, but also to your community.
Having excessive energy at Manipura leads to being driven and motivated by power. This manifests in people who want to control everything and everyone around them as they have too much ego and self-interest.
On the other end of the scale, having deficient energy at Manipura results in low self-esteem and difficulty in finding the motivation to manifest their desires. This can result in feeling victimised and over-powered by others, and having poor boundaries.
You will know if there’s an imbalance in Manipura if you repeatedly find yourself in power struggles in your close relationships. For example, always having to be right, always needing to have the upper hand, and the last word. This can develop into aggressive behaviour and bullying.
In chakra yoga we work to balance the fire element for our own welfare and that of those around us.
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