The Second Chakra: Opening to Creativity
Seems like every time I do a lot of hip opening postures on my mat, I experience a burst of creativity afterward. Also, an overall sense of openness, sensuality, & self love. This is no coincidence.
Svadhisthana (Sanskrit), the Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is a spinning vortex of energy located in the lower abdomen. Turns out, it is considered the “Seat of our Emotions,” it is the second of seven major chakras along the central core axis. Chakra two allows for emotional and sensual movement in life.
- opening to pleasure
- embracing change & creativity
- connecting to others
- learning how to “go with the flow”
- Color: orange
- Element: water
- Associated Body Parts: hips, sacrum, lower back, genitals, womb, bladder & kidneys
Imbalance & Deficiency Signs
As a result, when this chakra is out of balance we may experience sexual problems, low back issues, hips & reproductive organs, bladder infections, kidney problems, overly emotional behavior, sexual guilt or addictions, or excesses in food, sex and drugs. Circumstances that cause deficiency in this chakra include being raised in an environment where emotions were repressed, pleasure denied, or one where constant need for pleasurable stimulation (entertainment, partying) or frequent emotional drama were present. Any issue regarding fear of pleasure, being out of touch with feelings, or resisting change.
When this chakra is in balance we feel healthy, open, friendly, imaginative, intuitive, energized, creative & successful. We are able to focus on our objectives and react more positively to all people and situations in our path. We have healthy concern, tolerance, & patience for others.
What can you do? Wear orange. Eat orange – carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges. Use essential oils like bergamont, cardamom, clary sage, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. Meditate using this chakra’s vibrational sound, “VAM,” as your mantra. But of course, my favorite way to balance this chakra is to practice the following poses:
YOGA FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA
When we relax our hips, we relax our resistance to life. We release tension in and restore our reproductive organs. We become open to our creativity, sensuality, & sexuality.
Physically root your pelvic floor and base of your spine into the Earth. As a result, you plug yourself into the vibrational current of the Universe. All hip & groin openers provide freedom of movement in the pelvis. Don’t force it. Ease into these postures and invite creativity to arise as you play with different modifications. Find what works for you.
– EKA PADA RAJAKAPOTASANA (half pigeon pose)
– AGNISTAMBHASANA (double pigeon pose, pictured above)
– TARASANA (star pose)
– MANDUKASANA (frog pose)
You can heal yourself with yoga, meditation & healthy eating. Believe it! Try some of the above suggestions and see if you can tap into the energy of your sacral chakra.
Learn about the first chakra in my post titled “Six Ways to Balance your Root Chakra.”
Read “Getting To Know Your Chakras” for an overview of the whole chakra system.