As we slowly make our way through the energetic centres and up the spine we arrive at this week’s chakra the solar plexus chakra. Personally I find this the chakra that I often feel lags behind the others.
I always complain of a weak core, no matter how many planks or core strengthening exercises I do. Quite recently I’ve learnt that working on my third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, may be the reason behind my inability to create abs of steel… (or perhaps it’s just because I don’t actually do the exercises).
Sanskrit name: Manipura.
Location: Situated just above the navel and below the rib cage.
Meaning: The solar plexus chakra is quite literally our energy centre and it radiates energy throughout our entire body. It is where we gain a mental understanding of our emotional health and is responsible for our will power, self discipline and self esteem. You know that ‘gut feeling’? Well that also comes from the third chakra.
Health: An imbalanced solar plexus chakra will show itself in a sense of powerlessness, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and shame. Physically it can manifest itself in the liver, pancreas, digestive system, gallbladder and spleen and is often connected to gut health, digestive issues, eating disorders and diabetes.
Heal: The solar plexus element is fire so heat is your friend. Get out for a walk in the sunshine, get to a hot yoga class, sit in front of an open fire or spend some time in an infrared sauna. Yoga poses that strengthen the core are the most healing for the solar plexus. A good old fashioned plank pose will fire up the manipura energy centre and strengthen the core by building heat from the inside. Bow pose is ideal for stimulating blood flow to the the organs, particularly the liver which is governed by manipura. You don’t want to run the risk of stoking the fire too much so make sure you counteract fire stimulating poses with a nourishing and balancing pose like child’s pose.
Sacral Chakra Affirmation: I can
Foods that balance your solar plexus chakra
Whole grains: oats, spelt, rice, rye, farro and teff are great for fire energy but make sure you soak them first for easy digestion.
Legumes: lentils, chickpeas and beans are a great addition to curries, dhals and soups. I always suggest choosing the dried variety over the canned variety and just like grains make sure you soak them first.
Spices: turmeric, ginger, cumin and cinnamon are all heating yet still anti-inflammatory spices which make them perfect for nourishing the third chakra.
Yellow foods: bananas, corn, pineapple, yellow capsicums, chamomile and lemons.
Recipes to nourish your sacral chakra
Chamomile, Manuka Honey & Raspberry Jellies – These jellies are made from fresh chamomile tea and are full of gelatin which is soothing for the gut.
The Moistest Gluten-Free Banana Bread – Full of yellow bananas, yoghurt and warming cinnamon this is the best banana bread you’ll ever make – promise.
Turmeric Crepe – This turmeric crepe is the perfect way to nourish the third chakra with it’s vibrant yellow hue.
Turmeric & Mustard Pickled Zucchini – Or how about this easy peasy recipe for turmeric pickled zucchini?
Cold-pressed Turmeric Elixir – Or a turmeric rich night cap?