The solar plexus chakra is our third chakra. It’s located in the abdomen, between the navel and the breastbone.
The solar plexus chakra is known as the chakra of “ego”. When it’s healthy, it allows you to build self-esteem and confidence. The chakra is associated with fire and a bright yellow color.
The solar plexus chakra is activated when you find the courage to do things that scare you, when you speak up for yourself or in any other situation when you need to be confident and firm. A balanced solar chakra activates your personal power, but not the power over other people, rather the power of your own thoughts, emotions and actions.
However, when the solar chakra is out of balance, you can lose touch with your true beauty, becoming either insecure and fearful, or overly controlling and hyperactive.
It is possible to heal your chakras on your own. But before we share some of the most powerful practices, let’s see common symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra.
Signs Of Imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra can be imbalanced by either being blocked or overactive. If you’re not sure that you need to heal your third chakra, here are some common misalignment symptoms.
Signs Of A Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra:
- You have low self-esteem and self-trust
- You feel a lack of direction or a purpose
- You are unable to take responsibility
- You have poor appetite and/or low body weight
- You have a hard time staying organized and focused
- You have chronic feelings of anxiety and fear
- You developed a victim mentality
- You encounter difficulty with short-term memories
- You struggle with digestive crams and nausea
Signs Of An Overactive Solar Plexus Chakra:
- You developed an overly aggressive behavior
- You have an excessive hunger for power and bossiness
- You are trying to control everything and are intolerant
- You are hyperactive and unable to calm down
- You are self-centered and narrow-minded
- You are overindulging in food and develop other addictions
If there is a slight imbalance in the solar plexus chakra, you will feel these symptoms in just some aspects of your life – e.g. insecurity or bossiness at work. However, when there is a major imbalance, the feelings may spread throughout your life and create serious difficulties in handling everyday situations That’s why it’s important to take control and do what you can to harmonize your solar chakra.
How To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra?
When solar plexus chakra is balanced you will feel confident, motivated and strong. Opening the third chakra can take of time and effort. Therefore, be patient with these methods and give yourself as much time you need.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Stones
If you feel your solar plexus is chronically out of balance, healing stones can help you feel more grounded and harmonized. Some people are reluctant to use crystals, but they were used for healing since ancient times. Old teachers allocated stones to each chakra, based on their color, energy and purpose.
You can use the crystals in a variety of ways. You can hold them in your hand when meditating, carry them in your pocket or get jewelry with real stones to always have them by your side.
When choosing the stone for you, consider these options, which are most frequently used for solar plexus chakra healing:
Amber is a beautifully orange-yellow stone known as a powerful healer. It is used to alleviate stress and anxiety, reduce depression and boost self-confidence.
Use the stone if you’re struggling to focus and make decisions, and if you have poor self-esteem. It will increase your confidence and mental clarity, and is especially useful for those with a blocked solar plexus chakra.
If your solar plexus chakra is overactive, you might find comfort in the yellow tourmaline. This gorgeous stone is used to cleanse, detoxify and balance your body and mind.
Yellow tourmaline combats negativity, but also promotes introspection and meditation. It allows you to rid negativity against yourself and others, become more tolerant and can also help combat overindulgence in food.
Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz, used for a many purposes. Its relation to personal empowerment and confidence makes it appropriate for balancing the solar plexus chakra.
This stone helps to cleanse and balance. It brings a positive energy to your body and brightens even the worst days. As you wear this stone, you will feel encouraged to express yourself and will feel a boost in your creativity and concentration.
Herbs And Essential Oils for The Solar Plexus Chakra
Herbs and essential oils can also be helpful for solar plexus chakra healing. You can use them while meditating, doing yoga or on their own whenever it feels right.
If you want to use essential oils, you can burn them in a diffuser, wear in a pendant or dilute them and rub on your wrist.
Here are some popular essential oils used for the solar plexus chakra:
Another way you can use herbs is by adding them to your meals as spices or making a cup of tea. You can use the same herbs used for making above listed essential oils or other solar plexus chakra healing herbs and teas like rosemary and chamomile.
Affirmations For The Solar Plexus Chakra
Affirmations are a powerful way to achieve your goals and become the best version of yourself. They are also frequently used to help reverse negative thoughts and behaviors which are a result of an imbalanced chakra.
Affirmations for your solar plexus chakra are designed to increase personal power and confidence, and combat feelings of low-self esteem and lack of purpose. You can repeat them before sleep, while meditating or any time during the day when you need to refocus and combat negative energy.
Although you can always make up your own affirmations, here are some ideas to get you started:
- I am motivated to pursue my purpose
- I feel calm, confident and powerful
- I release myself from past mistakes and I learn from them
- The only thing I have to control is how I respond to things
- I have the courage to take on new challenges
- I’m confident and feel better about myself every day
- I am capable and ambitious
- I don’t have to be in control of everything in my life
- I embrace my strength
Remember to play around with the wording until the sentence “feels like you”. The more you repeat an affirmation the more it will work on your unconscious mind and whatever you’re focusing your intention on – in this case the solar plexus chakra.
Solar Plexus Yoga Practice
Yoga is an ideal practice for chakra healing. When it comes to solar plexus, asanas that work your core muscles can be especially beneficial. Additionally, it’s important to focus on your breath, as mindful breathing can help release tensions in the solar plexus both on an emotional and physical level.
All versions of the warrior poses build your core strength, boost confidence and balance the third chakra. Bow pose strengthens the core, balances digestion and can help you feel strong and empowered. Additionally, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the sun, so doing sun salutations or practicing outdoors can help you connect with its fiery energy.
As you work on opening your solar plexus, you might feel strong waves of emotional energy. Although this can be a powerful and even intimidating experience, there’s no need to worry. The energy is released as a part of a cleansing process, and you will soon feel better in your skin and confident to tackle any life challenge.