Manipura Chakra Therapeutics by Dr. Christie Smirl


The third of the primary 7 chakras is the manipura chakra. In English it is referred to as the solar plexus chakra. In Sanskrit, manipura means “city of jewels”. This chakra is symbolized by a yellow 10 petaled lotus flower representing the mastery over spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness. The manipura chakra is associated with the one’s own personal power.
Anatomically, the manipura chakra is located just above the naval and below the diaphragm. Physiologically it governs proper prana flow to the small intestines, stomach, spleen, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and middle spine. If the manipura chakra is imbalanced it may be evidenced by mid back pain, burping, indigestion, diarrhea, mid back pain, liver disorders, gallbladder disorders, irritable bowel, pancreas disorders, adult onset diabetes and weight gain.

The governing sense organ and action is the eye and ability to see.
Psychologically, the manipura support emotions related to personal power, motivation, ego, self esteem, willpower and self discipline. The shadow emotions that creates imbalance at the level of the manipura chakra are shame, insecurity and dis-empowerment. The manipura chakra develops primarily between the onset of puberty and early 20’s. During this stage, the manipura chakra facilitates and stores energies and memories related to self esteem, body image and ability to take charge over one’s own life. When children or adults are internally or externally dis-empowered they often begin to demonstrate over sensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness, being easily manipulated and low self worth. If the manipura chakra becomes compensatorily overactive individuals may become stubborn, aggressive, controlling, domineering, manipulative, need to have the last word demonstrating temper tantrums and even violent outbursts. This is a common stage to see significant power struggles between teens and parents. Teens and young adults in this developmental stage need to feel that they can be in charge of big decisions and in control over themselves and their lives while being supported and safe.

To balance the manipura chakra at any age several therapeutics can be implemented such as sound therapy, chanting, aromatherapy, affirmations, meditations, crystal therapy and color therapy. To learn more about classes or certifications visit

Dr. Christie Smirl has over 25 years of medical experience. She completed a Doctorate of Ayurvedic Medicine from American University of Complimentary Medicine as well as Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science from Loma Linda University. Dr. Christie is also an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer YACEP, Reiki Master/Teacher, Tantric Energy Healer and Musician.

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