Manipura, also known as the solar plexus chakra, is the third chakra. Manipura is located around the navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone. The color associated with the solar plexus chakra is yellow and its element is fire. The solar plexus chakra is our energy center and it radiates vital life energy throughout our entire body. It is directly linked to your sense of self. It is associated with your self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal identity, individual will, digestion, and metabolism. It is from this chakra that we assert our personal power, follow our gut instincts, take risks and make decisions. It is where we feel self-respect, confidence, and decisiveness. In some spiritual traditions it is referred to as the “second” brain. The basic issues affected include: intelligence, mental clarity, personal power, activity, autonomy, individuation, will, self-esteem, proactivity, and power.