MANIPUR CHAKRA (SOLAR PLEXUS)
The human body is a miniature of the universe. Just as there are 7 main planets in the universe (according to the Vedic perspective), there are 7 main chakras in our body. Manipur Chakra is the most important chakra of these 7 chakras. Symbolically, the Manipur Chakra represents the Sun planet in our system hence it is also referred to as the Solar Plexus.
According to Ayurveda and Yogic texts, Manipur chakra is situated exactly at the center of the navel (belly button) and is in the form of a bird’s egg. It is the central point where all the 72,000 naadis or energy channels intersect. Therefore it is extremely important to ensure that this Chakra does not become dislodged.
The importance of this Chakra can be understood from the fact that during pregnancy, nutrients are supplied to the fetus from the mother’s system, through the umbilical cord connected to the belly button of the baby.
There is a long description given in Ayurveda and Yogic texts regarding the importance of the Manipur Chakra, what causes it to become dislodged, the consequences of a dislodged solar plexus, and the methods to realign this important chakra. I would like to share with you the essence of that information below.
Factors that cause dislodgement of the solar plexus (especially when this chakra is weak, to begin with):
- Lifting heavy-weights.
- Jumping or jogging.
- Getting up suddenly or with a jerk, from a horizontal/lying down position.
- Women are more at risk of experiencing dislodgement because their solar plexus becomes very sensitive during menstruation. During this period, extra physical exertion, undue stress/worry, etc… may cause dislodgement.
Consequences of a dislodged navel center:
- When the solar plexus moves downwards from its original position, it causes loose motions, excessive urine, wet dreams, leucorrhoea, miscarriage, etc…
- When it moves upwards, the individual will experience constipation, acidity, headaches, emotional problems, fertility issues e.g. difficulty in conceiving, miscarriage, oligospermia, weak sperms, etc…
- When it moves sideways, this adversely affects the functioning of the liver, spleen, kidneys, ovaries, and heart.
- Inverting poses eg. Urdhva Sarvangasana (the shoulder stand), Shirsasana (the headstand), Viparit Karni (preparatory shoulder stand), forward bending eg. Paschimottanasana (backstretch pose), Janushirsasana (the knee & head pose), backward poses eg. Chakrasana (the wheel pose), Ushtrasana (camel pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), and postures such as Mayurasana (peacock pose), should be done very carefully and without jerking. Women should avoid doing these postures during their menstruation.
- In general, women should be careful not to overexert themselves physically when exercising, especially during menstruation.
If this Chakra is dislodged and is causing any or some of the above-mentioned problems, it is important to realign it instead of just trying to solve those problems by taking medicines, because no medicine can solve/cure those problems permanently.
There are several methods mentioned in Ayurveda and Yoga to realign the Manipur chakra, but the most effective way to realign this chakra is to balance it through Ayurvedic energy healing and chakra balancing, as this has a lasting effect, unlike other methods which quite often prove to be a temporary cure. It is mentioned that once this Chakra is brought back to its original position through Ayurvedic energy healing and chakra balancing, it is highly unlikely that this Chakra will become dislodged again.
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