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Struggling with Self Expression, Creativity, Infertility or Low Libido? Understand and Balance your Sacral Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last article, we read about Root Chakra, its functionality, blockages, and healing methods. The second chakra is called (Sacral Chakra) or (swadhisthana Chakra). The word ‘Svadhisthana’ is derived from two Sanskrit words, ‘Swa’ and ‘Adhisthana’ where ‘swa’ means ‘one’s own’ and ‘adhisthana’ means ‘dwelling place’. Therefore, the word literally means ‘dwelling place of the self’. The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure center and it is located in the pelvic area, the lower abdomen below the tailbone (includes lower pelvis, womb, and genitals). While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. The Sacral chakra relates to the water element, and like water, the sacral energy controls fluidity, versatility, and freedom, whether sexual, emotional, or creative.

 

Sacral Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: Below the navel, in the pelvic region
  • Color: Orange
  • Element: Water
  • Associated animal: Fish
  • Seed Mantra: Vam
  • Yoga Mudra: Dhyan Mudra
  • Symbol: Orange lotus with six petals and a crescent moon

The second chakra is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection. The energy of this chakra allows us to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within the body. It allows us to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness. The sacral chakra resonates with our need for relationships and our need to control or create the dynamics of our physical world. Being creative in nature, the sacral chakra’s main focus is allowing the individual to discover what they enjoy, to form hobbies, create loving and exciting relationships, and even creativity in lovemaking and sexual eroticism. The Svadhisthana chakra is the foundation of a healthy ego that allows us to interact with the world without selling ourselves short or pretending to be someone we are not. A person with a strong Sacral chakra can survive financially and physically on his or her own and bond with others to form harmonious friendships.

Sexuality tends to be the first thing that comes to mind at the thought of the sacral chakra, but creativity is an often overlooked aspect of it as well. It is important to remember that this chakra isn’t only concerned with sex. In fact, at its most broad, the sacral chakra simply governs passion and pleasure, phenomena that manifest themselves in our lives via two avenues. On one side is creativity and zeal for life on the other side is sensuality, in the sense of embracing one’s own natural human sexuality. The sacral chakra helps cultivate flexibility and adaptability. This empowers us to move on, accept change, and transform. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows us to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with our feelings and emotions. Motivated by pleasure and joy, the sacral chakra is the driving force for our enjoyment of life. A balanced Sacral chakra enables us to feel and experience life to its fullness. As the center of passion, sacral chakra awakens the power of creation. This allows us to discover what we truly enjoy and create intimate relationships. A person with an open Svadhisthana Chakra is passionate, present in his/her body, sensual, creative, and connected to his/her feeling.

When the sacral chakra is out of alignment or blocked, issues with the reproductive system can pop up, including menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, a significant increase or decrease in sexual interest, and lower back pain. Problems with the bladder, kidneys, or adrenal glands can also arise. Of course, this is not to suggest these symptoms aren’t from something else entirely and nothing in here can replace a doctor’s advice. Imbalance in the sacral chakra can manifest into low confidence, lack of motivation, inability to create intimate connections with others, lack of interest in self-expression or artistic abilities, infertility, difficulties giving birth, producing orgasms and low libido. From an emotional standpoint, one might feel closed off, opposed to spontaneity, uncomfortable in one’s own body, or shameful about sexuality. Not feeling sensual or having difficulty pursuing

creative endeavors are other potential problems resulting from an out-of-alignment sacral chakra. Imbalance in the Sacral chakra can also manifest as Dependency, co-dependency with other people, or a substance that grants easy access to pleasure. Mentally, blocked sacral energy can be associated with addiction, repressed emotions, and lack of creative energy.

How to Heal or Balance Sacral Chakra: 

  • The sacral chakra relates to the water element and our ability to flow with change. We can reconnect with this element by spending time with water by going for a swim, sitting near the sea or flowing stream, or taking a relaxing bath. Watsu, a form of therapy in which a person is gently held and guided in water, can also provide a powerful ritual for sacral healing.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to the chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your sacral chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in Dhyan Mudra, relax your muscles as you close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your sacral chakra: your abdomen, a few inches below your navel.

Since the sacral chakra is tied to the color of orange, imagine an orange glow below your navel, slowly expanding to the pelvic region and making the whole area warm and relaxed.

Once you are relaxed, start chanting the VAM sound with each exhale, do it for a few minutes and then slowly open your eyes.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The sacral chakra’s color is orange, so many of the sacral chakra healing stones are orange as well. Orange Calcite is said to enhance creativity, help you move past the emotional barrier, and reunite mind and body. Citrine stones are a golden yellow in color, and they’re sometimes called the “stones of the mind.” It is also meant to increase self-esteem, which is ideal if your blocked sacral chakra is leading to reduced confidence or issues with jealousy. Carnelian is a semi-precious gemstone with a reddish-brown hue, though it comes in various shades. It is perfect for sacral chakra work because it is called Singer’s Stone. This means it has an intrinsic link with your creativity and artistry. Moonstone comes in many colors, but you may want to opt for peach moonstone due to its connecting to stimulating the mind. It is also meant to reduce worry and carry a kind of loving energy.
  • All of the chakras respond positively and negatively to the diet, so we can potentially unblock the sacral chakra just by making little adjustments to what we eat. Healthy eating is good for maintaining open chakras, but beyond this advice, it’s also smart to look at foods that are historically linked to the sacral chakra. Orange is the color that represents sacral chakra, so it’s no surprise that the fruit shares this connection. However, any fleshy fruits can help to keep the sacral chakra aligned. This includes papayas, mangoes, and peaches. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, and hemp can be added to diet when we work on Sacral chakra.
  • Yoga can be particularly helpful in opening and bringing balance to the sacral chakra. Yoga for sacral balancing should focus on hip-opening poses. Below are specific yoga movements to connect you to the energy of the sacral chakra:
    • Upavistha Konasana | Open-Angle Pose
    • Bhekasana | Frog Pose
    • Kapotasna | Pigeon Pose
    • Utkata Konasana | Goddess Pose
  • Aromatherapy has powerful healing properties that can restore feelings of sensuality and creativity. To open the sacral chakra, try burning cleansing aromas like cardamom, eucalyptus, chamomile, spearmint, patchouli, ylang-ylang, rose, or clary sage.
  • The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society. We live in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion and emotional reactions are being frowned upon. We also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues of our society. On one hand, sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand, it is rejected. This results in either blocked or excessive second chakra issues. Reiki is another helping tool in order to deal with such conditions. You can ask for a Reiki healing session to get your chakras aligned and get the energy inflow.
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones. To open the sacral chakra, repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the sacral chakra:
  • I love and enjoy my body.
  • I have healthy boundaries.
  • I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
  • I am passionate.
  • I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
  • I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
  • I know how to take care of my needs.
  • I value and respect my body.
  • I am open to touch and closeness.
  • I allow myself to experience pleasure.
  • My sexuality is sacred.
  • Emotions are the language of my soul.
  • I take good care of my physical body.
  • I am at peace.

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