I have had many requests for information about the chakra system over the years. I even based the theme of last falls Autumn Retreat on the chakras.
So, I thought that since I am hosting and leading a workshop next Saturday all about the pelvis & Pelvic floor that I would touch on some of the information I will be talking about related to the pelvic floor and the chakra system. Particularly the Sacral or second chakra.
The Svadisthana chakras special gift is allowing us to experience life through feelings and sensations. Svadisthana in Sanskrit means ‘ones own abode or seat’. Another Sanskrit translation has part of the word meaning ‘to take pleasure in’.
The second chakra is the very center of feelings and sensations, emotions, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection all come from this chakra. And since this chakra is also the center of creativity it helps you to create change and feel transformation within your body.
But there is a problem, we live in a world where feelings are not valued, where passion, and emotional reactions are frowned upon. We are taught not to lose control and encouraged to hide our emotions. And because of this we can get disconnected from our feelings and from our body. Disconnected from our very center.
And the center of the body is the pelvis. From this place we create life. Even if we don’t have children we still have this space within us that creates. From this place we move forward, we use our feelings, our intuition, to guide us through life’s many changes.
The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen near the coccyx or tailbone, between the sacrum and pubis. The chakra color of the second chakra is orange, vermillion, and its element is water.
Imbalances in the sacral chakra can lead to:
- Emotional overreactions or Emotional detachment
- Excessive neediness in relationships
- Muscle tension and abdominal cramps
- Fear of happiness or pleasure,
- Lack of creativity and authenticity
- Low libido
- Pessimism, depression
- Pelvis area infections and illnesses
A balanced chakra can help you be more emotionally and creatively balanced. You will be less likely to be affected by the highs and lows of relationships, life, career, creativity etc.
You will less fearful about expressing your sexuality or other emotional needs. A balanced second chakra will help free from the blockages of ego and control issues. Often, our creative pursuits or focus get driven away by our emotional impulses, anger, frustration etc. A balanced chakra makes the person more self-aware, and able to express their emotions through creative work.
Sacral Chakra Affirmations
- I have healthy boundaries.
- I have healthy relationships.
- I am open to experiencing the present moment.
- I am open to feeling pleasure and abundance.
- I know how to take care of my needs.
- I respect and love my body.
- I allow myself to experience pleasure.
- My emotions are balanced.
Yoga poses to open the second chakra
Hip openers are primary in helping energize the second chakra. Poses such as Baddha Konasana, wide angle forward fold, and happy baby pose, just to name a few.
Wide Angle Forward Fold
Try a few of these poses and let me know how they feel.