Chakra 2: Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)
|Location:||lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel|
|What it controls:||your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure|
|When develops:||8-14 years old|
|Mantra:||“I am radiant, healthy, beautiful and strong.”|
|Yoga Poses:||e.g. Butterfly; Bound Angle; Cow Pose; Frog|
Have you ever met someone who radiates warmth and sincere friendliness without coming on too strongly or seeming clingy? You’ve likely just encountered someone with a balanced sacral chakra.
When out of balance symptoms include (but aren’t limited to) attachment issues, emotional volatility and trust issues. A person can act both completely disconnected and cold towards others if this chakra is under-active or needy and emotionally dependent if the chakra is over-active. This chakra is your most important emotional centre and because of this, at one time or another, most of us will experience an imbalance here.
So let’s look at some simple ways to balance your sacral chakra.
- Hip-opening yoga poses. We store emotional and physical tension in our hips: hence yoga’s many hip-opening postures. This directly connects to your sacral chakra. If you doubt at all the validity of this, notice where you grip or clench your muscles the next time you’re in a stressful situation. It’s likely your throat area (another emotional centre) and your hips and lower abdomen. Remember also that your hips move in many directions, even though many people think of hip-openers as external rotation only. While it’s great to regularly do a few postures that stretch your hips through their full range of motion, try holding a hip opening pose for longer. Focus on completely letting go, notice any resistance both physically and mentally and let go a little more with each exhale.
- Dance like no-one is watching. It doesn’t matter if you “can’t dance.” Close the door and move your body. This is one of the best ways to balance this chakra. Even better for an added bonus, turn on some music and sing along as singing cleanses your throat chakra.
- Tone up. While learning to let go of unnecessary muscular gripping and tension is ideal for chakra health throughout your body, it’s also important to take care of your body and keep your muscles strong and healthy and the lower abdominals are frequently an area that people let go. A good yoga pose for strong lower abs is Boat Pose.
- Visualize orange. Orange is the sacral chakra’s colour. Imagine a bright, healing orange glow filling up your entire lower abdomen and send your breath there.
- Balance your other chakras. A severe imbalance in one chakra almost always means imbalances in other chakras as well as they work as a system. Your throat chakra in particular has strong connections to your sacral chakra. The next time you practice your deep hip-opening posture of choice, notice if you feel a release in your throat area as well. You can also try working a pose like Bridge that allows you to connect with many of your chakras at one time; flowing slowly in and out of the posture as you connect your breath and movement.
- Let go. You’ll hear me say this a lot in class (let go of your day or let go of your tension for instance) but learning to let go (of unhealthy emotions, people, and memories) is so important. When we learn to let go of the baggage that we don’t need to carry, we create space and energy for new and better opportunities.
In life, it’s all too easy to become emotionally closed off or overly dependent on the people around us. Learning to trust our intuition, yet not be ruled by our emotions, is something that, like many worthwhile things, takes practice. I hope these tips for sacral chakra balancing inspire you on your journey to be your best and healthiest self.