Chakra Series: Solar Plexus

Manipura (the solar plexus chakra) is typically shown as a 10 petaled yellow flower.

Now lets dive into the third chakra: Manipura, the solar plexus chakra.

Typically represented by the color yellow, the solar plexus is located in the abdomen (, and your "fire in the belly". It is physically connected to the upper abdomen, stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, spleen, and intestine. Emotionally, the phrase commonly associated with this chakra is "I do", and is the chakra that truly helps the "self": self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

If you are experiencing a misaligned solar plexus chakra, you may suffer from poor digestion, intestinal problems, diabetes, eating disorders, hypoglycemia, gallstones, and liver issues. Additionally you may be feeling a lack of self esteem, overly sensitive to criticism, indifference, inability to see others for how they are (versus how you view them), fear, hatred, a lust for power, submissive, and giving away your power.

A great way to build back up that "inner fire" of powerful self respect is to meditate or wear energetically healing crystals such as citrine, amber, tiger eye, pyrite, and calcite. For an extra boost, wear or diffuse bergamont or juniper essential oils (remember to use a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin, and only use high quality oils).

Set aside a time that is dedicated to just you. During this "me-time", listen to crystal singing bowls, especially the letter "E", for its solar plexus chakra healing abilities. Roll out your mat, and engage in some self empowering yoga, making sure to include poses that correspond with the third chakra, such as boat pose, upward bow pose, and half lord of the fishes pose. After your yoga practice, honor this beautiful special time that you dedicated to yourself. Chant the mantra "Ram", or create a confidence boosting mantra, such as "I control my personal power. I am worthy of being loved and respected. I love myself."

Check back for the next chakra in the series: the heart chakra!

Chakra Series: Sacral

Swadhisthana (the sacral chakra) is commonly represented as an orange flower with six petals.

Today's feature of the Chakra Series: Swadhisthana, the sacral chakra.

Commonly represented by the color orange, this chakra is associated with the phrase "I feel!". Located about three inches below the navel, in the center of your lower belly, it is responsible for the sexual organs, stomach, liver, spleen, lymphatic system, and the middle spine. It is a control center for your emotions, along with your relationships, passion, creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

Signs of a misaligned sacral chakra can physically manifest as lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, urinary problems, and gynecological issues. Emotional symptoms of a imbalanced sacral chakra include feeling stuck in particular mood, feeling out of touch with yourself, being ruled by your emotions, extremes in libido (either overindulgence or lack of sexual desire/satisfaction), dependency (on others or a substance), guilt/inability to let go, and frequently experiencing intimacy issues in relationships.

For healing crystal energy that can facilitate the opening of emotions and encourage the flow of creativity, try carrying or wearing crystals such as garnet, carnelian, citrine, moonstone, orange calcite, and tiger eye.

Essential oils such as ylang ylang, sandalwood, and orange can be beneficial aromatherapy, especially if used on pulse points, sacrum, lower abdomen, or as a daily perfume. As the sacral chakra is commonly associated with the element of water, these oils would also make a great combination for a bath. For a complete experience, create a sensual environment by lighting candles and listening to singing bowl therapy, specifically the note "D", while you relax in the tub.

Try partaking in a Kundalini yoga class, which can help encourage the flow of energy/chi. During your home practice, focus on flow rather than execution, and try to incorporate triangle pose, pigeon pose, and bound angle pose.

The sacral chakra is all about flow and feeling, so now is the time to dance! Find your favorite song, turn it up, and get grooving! (I am a frequent participator in solo dance festivals around my house... hairbrushes may possibly be used as pretend microphones so I can lip sing along... but I admit to nothing!). If dancing isn't your thing, try a creative activity such as drawing, cooking, singing, or writing. Just get those creative juices flowing!

During meditation, try to focus on opening up the flow of your emotions, chant the mantra "Vam", or create a liberating personal mantra such as "I enjoy the pleasures of life to the fullest. I am flowing with creative ideas. I am aware and connected with the positive energy of others."

Next on the Chakra Series: the solar plexus chakra!

Chakra Series

My large selenite wand is a great recharging station for my chakra crystals.

First off, what is a chakra?

The body has 7 main energy centers, known as chakras. From bottom to top, they are:  root,  sacral, solar plexus, heart, third eye, and crown. These energy centers allow energy to flow from one part of your body to the other. The position of each chakra is in correspondence to our endocrine glads that are responsible for the release of hormones in our body, keeping them in balance and controlling major nerve functions (keeping us healthy). When your chakras are aligned and functioning properly, you feel a sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. When misaligned or blocked, we can experience a wide range of symptoms and feel a sense of unease.

There are a variety of methods to help correct the flow of energy in your body, specific to what chakra is in need of some extra attention. This series will explore each chakra individually and give suggestions for healing, including the use of crystals, essential oils, yoga, and sound therapy.

First up: the root chakra!