The Solar or Manipura Chakra is located at the centre of the navel. Its shape is triangular with an upward apex. Its element is fire, the colour is red and the sound associated with it is ‘ram’. The Manipura Chakra governs the sense of sight. Navel is the area which defines self-esteem and when it is not in its place then the level of energy in the body comes down. This means the solar chakra is not open. Anyone experiencing dysfunction of the navel chakra is likely to experience difficulty obtaining or maintaining personal power.
A person facing trouble with the solar chakra is likely to face problems including stomach ulcers, intestinal tumour, diabetes, pancreatic issues, indigestion, anorexia or bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, and colon diseases.
Blocked solar chakra could affect a person's mental and emotional equilibrium as well. Such a person may face issues with self-esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, indecisiveness, among others.
Solar chakra governs the upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines and stomach.
This chakra is purely metabolic and functions as the emotional centre of the body. If the functioning of this chakra is proper, then our whole personality becomes as radiant and full of energy as the Sun.
Here are some tips to tap and unlock the tremendous energy of solar chakra.
Lie down on your stomach, place both hands on the side. Now raise your left leg a little till you feel the pulse around the navel. Hold it for a while. Repeat it with the other leg. Repeat at least 10 times.
This is the full version of Shalabhasana and must be performed after practising Ardha Shalabhasana. Raise both the legs and hold for a while. Feel the pressure coming down on the lower abdomen and the lower back.
Lie down on your back, now slowly raise the upper and the lower portion of your body to come into a boat-like shape. Hold the posture for a while, come back to the original pose. Repeat this for five to seven times.
Lie down on your stomach and let your body relax. Take 2 to 3 deep breaths. Now fold both legs at the knee and take both hands to the back of the legs to clutch your ankles. Now raise the upper and the lower portions of the body while exhaling. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Now, inhale and come back to the normal position.
This pranayam gives a momentum to the stomach fire which produces heat in the smallest as well as the largest parts of the body and makes the body and the mind active and stronger.
To perform this kriya, begin by sitting in any comfortable meditative pose in a well-ventilated area with closed eyes. Your spine should be straight. Exhale completely and hold out the breath. Push your shoulders up with the help of both hands palms placed on your thighs. Now, contract the stomach muscles and expand as fast as possible. In one cycle, ensure that stomach muscles contract and expand at least 10 to 15 times. Increase it gradually. Rest for sometime if you feel running out of breath during exercise or experience a headache.
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