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The Therapeutic Benefits of the Manipura Chakra: Integrating Solar Plexus Energy with Modern Therapies

The Manipura Chakra, also known as the Solar Plexus Energy Center, holds the vibrant energy of a thousand suns, radiating the empowering light of self-confidence and courage. Located at the navel, this chakra is the seat of our personal power, governing our sense of self, autonomy, and our ability to manifest our desires. The rich, golden light of the Manipura Chakra symbolizes transformation, growth, and the fiery element of fire. Integrating the healing energy of the Solar Plexus Chakra with contemporary therapeutic practices can profoundly enhance the journey of trauma recovery and personal empowerment.

Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura Chakra Healing

Understanding the Manipura Chakra

  • Color: Yellow, evolving to a Golden light

  • Self-energy Qualities: Embodied courage and confidence

  • Element: Fire

  • Therapeutic Focus: Empowerment and self-worth

  • Somatic Technique: Central Channel Breath (see Steps below)

Empowered Affirmations for the Manipura Chakra

  • I am confident in my capabilities and trust my decisions.

  • I manifest my desires with clarity and intention, open to new opportunities.

  • I release self-doubt, embrace my self-worth, and achieve my dreams.

  • I am a powerful and radiant being, positively influencing my surroundings.

  • I am strong, resilient, and the master of my own life.

Integrating Manipura Chakra Healing with Modern Therapies

The Manipura Chakra's energy can be harmonized with several therapeutic approaches to facilitate trauma-informed healing and personal transformation.

1. Polyvagal Theory: Polyvagal theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, emphasizes the role of the vagus nerve in emotional regulation, social connection, and trauma recovery. The Manipura Chakra's energy of confidence and courage can be activated to support the polyvagal system, enhancing our capacity to feel safe and connected.

Techniques such as the Central Channel Breath can stimulate and tone the vagus nerve, promoting a state of calm and resilience.

2. Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: IFS therapy, created by Dr. Richard Schwartz, focuses on understanding and integrating the various parts of our psyche. By engaging with the empowered energy of the Manipura Chakra, individuals can cultivate a strong inner leader (Self-energy), capable of guiding and harmonizing their internal parts. This fosters a sense of courage, self-worth, and mastery over one's life, crucial for healing from trauma.

3. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model: The Manipura Chakra can be a powerful ally in EMDR therapy, developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, which focuses on reprocessing traumatic memories to alleviate distress. The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, fundamental to EMDR, posits that trauma disrupts the natural processing of information, causing it to become maladaptively stored in the brain.

Supporting the AIP Model: Integrating the Manipura Chakra with EMDR therapy aligns with the AIP model by ensuring that reprocessed memories are reintegrated into the client’s consciousness with a renewed sense of personal power and emotional stability. The golden light of the Solar Plexus Chakra aids in transforming and releasing stored trauma, allowing for a more holistic and effective healing process.

4. Somatic Therapy: Somatic therapy emphasizes the connection between the mind and body in the healing process. The Manipura Chakra, with its association with the element of fire, can be harnessed through somatic techniques like the Central Channel Breath. This practice involves visualizing a golden light flowing through the central channel of the body, igniting the inner fire of confidence and resilience. Such techniques can help release stored trauma and promote holistic healing.

5. Transpersonal Therapy: Transpersonal therapy integrates spiritual dimensions into the therapeutic process. The golden light of the Manipura Chakra represents not only personal power but also a connection to higher states of consciousness. Engaging with this chakra can facilitate transpersonal experiences, aiding individuals in accessing deeper levels of insight and transformation. This can be particularly beneficial for those seeking to transcend trauma and connect with their higher self.

6. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): EFT, or tapping, is a form of acupressure that involves tapping on specific meridian points while focusing on emotional distress. By incorporating affirmations related to the Manipura Chakra, such as "I am a powerful and radiant being," individuals can amplify the healing effects of EFT. This combination can help release self-doubt and empower individuals to achieve their dreams.

Example EFT Tapping Statement: "Even though I feel fear and self-doubt, I am confident in my abilities and trust my decisions."

Evidence-Based Research and Resources

  1. Polyvagal Theory and Trauma Recovery: Research has shown that polyvagal-informed therapies can enhance emotional regulation and social engagement, crucial for trauma recovery (Porges, 2011).

  2. IFS Therapy and Self-Leadership: Studies indicate that IFS therapy can effectively reduce symptoms of PTSD and increase self-compassion and inner harmony (Schwartz, 2020).

  3. EMDR and Trauma Recovery: EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and proven effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. Studies have shown that EMDR can help reprocess traumatic memories, leading to significant improvements in psychological well-being (Shapiro, 2017). Integrating the Manipura Chakra's energy can enhance the grounding and empowerment needed during EMDR sessions, aligning with the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model to ensure a holistic and effective healing process.

  4. Somatic Techniques for Trauma Healing: Somatic practices, such as breathwork and visualization, have been found to significantly reduce symptoms of trauma and improve overall well-being (Ogden, Minton, & Pain, 2006).

  5. Transpersonal Therapy and Spiritual Healing: Transpersonal approaches have been shown to facilitate profound personal transformation and spiritual growth, supporting holistic trauma recovery (Grof, 2000).

  6. EFT and Emotional Well-being: Clinical trials have demonstrated that EFT can effectively reduce anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, promoting emotional freedom and empowerment (Feinstein, 2012).

By integrating the powerful energy of the Manipura Chakra with these evidence-based therapeutic practices, individuals can embark on a transformative journey of healing and empowerment. Embracing the radiant light of the Solar Plexus Energy Center enables us to reclaim our personal power, manifest our desires, and achieve holistic well-being.

The Central Channel Breath: A Somatic Technique for Empowering the Manipura Chakra

Breath work
Breath is Life

The Central Channel Breath, as adapted from Sue Morter’s practices, is a powerful somatic technique that can help you connect with the energy of the Manipura Chakra. This breathwork practice involves visualizing and channeling energy through the central column of your body, igniting the inner fire of confidence and resilience. Here’s how you can practice the Central Channel Breath:

Steps to Practice the Central Channel Breath

  1. Find a Comfortable Position: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Ensure that your spine is straight and your body is relaxed.

  2. Begin with Deep Breathing: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your abdomen to expand, and exhale through your mouth, releasing any tension.

  3. Visualize the Central Channel: Imagine a vertical channel running from the crown of your head down to the base of your spine. This channel, often referred to as the "central column" or "sushumna," is the main energy pathway in your body.

  4. Inhale Energy from the Earth: As you inhale, visualize drawing energy up from the Earth through the base of your spine, into the central channel. Feel this energy as a warm, golden light traveling upward.

  5. Channel Energy through the Manipura Chakra: As the energy reaches your solar plexus, the area just above your navel, visualize it igniting the golden light of the Manipura Chakra. Feel this light expanding, filling your entire abdomen with warmth and radiance.

  6. Exhale and Release: As you exhale, visualize the energy continuing to move upward through your central channel, out through the crown of your head. Release any tension or negativity with your breath.

  7. Repeat the Process: Continue this process for several minutes. Inhale, drawing energy up from the Earth; channel it through your Manipura Chakra, and exhale, releasing it through the crown of your head.

  8. Use Empowered Affirmations: As you practice the Central Channel Breath, silently repeat empowering affirmations to yourself:

    1. "I am confident in my capabilities and trust my decisions."

    2. "I manifest my desires with clarity and intention."

    3. "I release self-doubt, embrace my self-worth, and achieve my dreams."

    4. "I am a powerful and radiant being, positively influencing my surroundings."

    5. "I am strong, resilient, and the master of my own life."

  9. Completion: When you are ready to complete the practice, gradually bring your awareness back to your physical surroundings. Take a few moments to sit quietly, noticing any shifts in your energy or mood.

Benefits of the Central Channel Breath

Practicing the Central Channel Breath can help you:

  • Activate and balance the energy of the Manipura Chakra.

  • Enhance your sense of self-confidence and personal power.

  • Release stored tension and negativity from the body.

  • Promote a sense of calm, resilience, and inner strength.

  • Integrate the healing energy of the Manipura Chakra with modern therapeutic practices.


The therapeutic benefits of the Manipura Chakra extend far beyond its traditional associations. By weaving together ancient wisdom and modern therapeutic practices, we can harness the energy of the Solar Plexus Chakra to empower ourselves, heal from trauma, and embrace our true potential. Through the integration of polyvagal theory, IFS therapy, EMDR, somatic techniques, transpersonal therapy, and EFT, we can create a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing that honors the mind, body, and spirit.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC, RYI, EMDR & IFS Consultant

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Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR & IFS-Institute Consultant, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.

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