Living Yoga | Balancing Your Chakras, Part II: Sacral Chakra
Confidence and creative juices flow and relationships flourish when the Second Chakra is balanced.
Second Chakra, Svadhisthana (sacral/sexual/spleen), is located at the base of the lumbar spine, between the navel and pubic bone. It represents the place where we receive and give.
Svadhisthana chakra’s element is water. Its sense is taste. Its color is orange.
Situated in this sacral area is the power to overcome obstacles and act with integrity. It relates to how we connect with others, how we choose relationships and what they mean to us. It is also about reproduction and self-indulgence.
When balanced, there will be enormous capacity for inspiration and partnerships with others. Once out of balance, emotional problems having to do with guilt may arise and the ability to be nurturing to others can become hampered.
The areas of the body governed by Svadhisthana include the adrenal glands, appendix, bladder, bodily fluids, gallbladder, genitals, kidneys, liver, pancreas, pelvis, prostate gland, skin, and stomach. Physical symptoms may manifest as lower back pain, reproductive disorders, sexual problems, constipation, difficulties with the bladder and kidneys, muscle cramps, and decreased energy as well as depression and nervousness.
Look to the color orange, the purity of water, and movement in the hips to balance Svadhisthana.
Wear orange clothing. Eat vibrant fruits and veggies such as peppers, cantaloupes, mangos, or oranges. Drink plenty of water and herbal infused teas. Relax by bathing. If access is available, enjoy an outdoor activity centered around water or snow.
Practice a few yoga asanas (poses) that open hips and stimulate the sacrum:
- Baddha Konasana (bound angle)
- Bhujangasana (cobra)
- Upavistha Konasana (open angle)
Pranayama (breathing) exercise:
Sit tall. Close your eyes. Imagine a sun rising from the ocean in the sacral area. Visualize the color orange being cast over the water. Inhale and exhale fully as you release any tension and toxins into the water. Focus on joy, hope, love, and desire for health and happiness.
Reflecting on good gives growth to tissues, strength to organs and general good health to the body, mind and spirit. Gain confidence to stand on your own two feet and let your inner light shine. Unleash unlimited potential and enjoy beautiful connections.
“It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Marianne Williamson, excerpt from “Our Light”
Photo by Tony Frantz.