Spotlight: Third Chakra

solar-plexus-chakra

 

I have the power to manifest my dreams.
I live my life with honor and integrity.
Whatever I do is more than good enough.

 

The “Chakras” in Sanskrit translates literally to “wheels.” In Yogic and Ayurvedic tradition, they represent the 7 spinning energy centers believed to run along the spine and whose strength and openness fluctuate constantly. Over time chakras may over or under develop, leading to excessive or deficient imbalances that can affect the body, mind and possibly the entire line of chakras. I often get questions about chakras and have found it incredibly powerful to incorporate chakra balancing practices into my own self-care routine, so here’s a full profile for you to learn more – one spinning wheel at a time.

 

The 3rd Chakra, also called the Power or Solar Plexus Chakra, is considered the source of your ambition, action, accomplishments, and sense of self as an individual.
Location: Navel and middle abdomen, about 2 inches above the belly button. Think of your “core” muscles (abs, psoas, and back erectors) as activating this energy center.
Organs & Hormones: Digestive system and organs needed for a healthy pregnancy, skin, pancreas and adrenal glands, insulin, adrenaline, and cortisol. This chakra affects key organs that release enzymes to digest and absorb your food, grow a fetus, and circulate hormones for powerful energy bursts in times of crisis.
Developmental Stage: 18 months to 4 years,  in the development of ego, desires, and self-definition
Behavioral Imbalance Looks Like: Frequent dominating or blaming behavior, workaholism, perfectionism, and/or low self-esteem, passivity, sluggishness, fear
Physical Imbalance Looks Like: Digestive issues, ulcers, allergies, skin conditions, chronic fatigue, eating disorders

 

Balancing Practices:
  • Boat pose (see right, in partner form)partner boat
  • Breathing slowly and deeply into the belly
  • Very gentle abdominal massage (by yourself or a licensed practitioner)
  • Stimulating these acu points with finger pressure, or by an acupuncturist: GB21, LV3, CV6
  • Incorporate ginger, peppermint*, or tea tree in oil or natural form into your foods, bath salts, or body sprays (*Take care, peppermint can reduce breastmilk production for some women)
  • Yellow: Do you wear this color? Is it in your home? Reflect on your like/dislike of yellow and how to balance your use of this color. Try drawing or tracing a mandala (see image above) and coloring it yellow.
  • Here’s a fun one I created for a deficient 3rd chakra: Listen to Titanium, or teach This Little Light of Mine to your child. Really sing it out! Reflect on how you feel saying the lyrics and feeling the energy of the sound.

 

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