What It Is: Manipura, also known as the 3rd or navel chakra, is a vortex of energy located at located at the navel, that corresponds to the solar plexus. In Sanskrit Manipura means “lustrous gem.”
Characteristics: Its color is yellow, its element is fire and it represents energy. Its animal is the Ram, and its planets are Mars and the Sun.
Anatomically: The organs to which this chakra relates are the liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine. The endocrine gland is the pancreas. It governs digestion and metabolism.
Psychologically: This chakra is associated with self worth, self-esteem, confidence, courage and change.
Ways to nourish it: Taking time for yourself to do the things you love.
Essential oils that nourish Manipura: chamomile, peppermint, and lemon.
Foods that fuel Manipura: granola, grains, pastas, breads, cereal, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc. Dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt, and spices like ginger, mints, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, and fennel.
Gemstones that energetically heal Manipura: citrine, golden topaz, amber, yellow tourmaline and yellow sapphire.
Asanas that rebalance this chakra are dhanurasana (bow pose), back bends, brisk sun salutations, navasana (boat pose), leg lifts, warrior poses, twists, and Bhastrika Pranayama. Kriyas such a nauli can also help to clean this region.