The Sacral Chakra is where your creative and sexual energies reside. It is located 2 inches below your belly button. Svadhisthana is the Sanskrit name and literally means “the dwelling place of the self.”
A balanced second chakra encompasses feelings of pleasure and joy. You will be able to be spontaneous and play, and open to change. In your physical body you will have a healthy lower back, reproductive system, and urinary system. Imbalance can look like emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions.
Nurture this chakra with creative expression and by honoring your body.
Play like a child: Draw or paint a picture on a blank sheet of paper, make a meal without a recipe. Take a risk and walk through your fear of failure. A child will spend so much time building a tower only to smash it to the ground in an instant. Your creative energy is infinite. Try and let go of the outcome.
Balancing the Sacral Chakra with Nature: The Svadisthana’s element is Water. Sitting by water whether it be a lake, river or ocean and absorbing the energy will help with its proper alignment. If possible, wade in or dangle your feet in the water to help the energy flow. Taking a bath or a shower can also contribute to balancing your chakra while providing the relaxation needed to keep your emotions flowing. spend time in moonlight and near open water.
Embrace the color orange. Allow the color to be a reminder, and every time you see it, repeat an affirmation reinforcing the health of your second chakra.
I live life passionately, with good health and vitality.
Pleasure is a sacred part of my life.
I give myself permission to fully enjoy my sexuality.
I allow my emotions to flow through me in a healthy way.
Creating (fill in the blank) nourishes my spirit and brings me joy.
5. Yoga asanas that help to open and align Svadhisthana are …
Seated pelvic circles: Sitting in a cross-legged or half-lotus pose with your hands on your knees, make circles with your torso. Go around in one direction 5 or 6 times and then switch directions.
Baddha konasana (butterfly pose) with forward fold: In a seated position, bring the bottoms of your feet together. Let your knees drop to the sides and bring your heels in close to your pelvis. Lengthen the torso and fold forward.
Bhujangasana (cobra pose): Lie on your stomach with your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands under your shoulders and slowly lift your head, chest, and abdomen while keeping your naval on the floor. Be sure to press down through the pubic bone toward the mat.