In the last section, we began learning about chakras, what they are, and their place in Ayurveda. Moreover, we started to explore their relation with our existence to the physical and non-physical universe. Chakras (swirling vortexes of energy within our bodies) connects us to the life energy of the universe, and are connected by channels in the body known as nadis. In these channels, and within each chakra, is prana – life energy.
Crucially, these chakras must remain balanced and clear. When they fall out of balance, the physical, emotional and spiritual states of the body suffer, and symptoms can range from benign to quite serious. When working to balance your chakras, it’s suggested one work from the ground up – from the Root chakra to the Crown Chakra.
For information on the Root Chakra, see Part 1 of our guide. In this section, we’ll focus on the second chakra: the Sacral Chakra.
The Sacral Chakra
The second of the seven major chakras is the Sacral Chakra. Located just above the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra deals primarily with our ability of acceptance, connection, creativity, and sexual health. It deals with our deals of enjoyment and pleasure. This chakra continues the physical link of the Root Chakra, and is one of the three physical, matter-based chakras in the body.
In Sanskirt, the Sacral Chakra is called svadhisthana. It is located in the lower abdomen, just below the navel. This position connects it our sense of abundance and well-being. It can greatly affect the physical energy of the body, and when it falls out of balance, one can feel lethargic, tired and mundane. This chakra is often called the “Seat of our Emotion.”
Here are some symptoms of an unbalanced Sacral Chakra:
Symptoms of Unbalanced Sacral Chakra
- Addiction, dependency issues
- Eating disorders
- Low libido
- Kidney problems
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Intestinal, gall bladder, and spleen health issues
Element, Color and Sense Associated with Sacral Chakra
This chakra primarily deals in the fluid, changing nature of the water element. Like water, it reflects an every changing, malleable energy. This is also represented in its connection to mood, which inevitably varies at times for all people. Though this chakra is connected deeply to the root chakra, this difference in element can greatly affect how you balance your chakra.
The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange. Orange reflects a feeling of openness and changing (consider the changing tones of color in the fall – almost all pass through orange). Orange energy is also very sensual, and is able to transform mundane energy into more powerful, bright energy.
This chakra is primarily connected to our sense of sexuality. Because reproduction is a fundamental process of life, identifying and understanding your sense of sensuality and pleasure helps grow you emotionally. The Sacral Chakra also finds connection with our sense of taste. Eating bright, colorful foods (like citruses) can inspire the feeling of the Sacral Chakra and provide a balancing affect if you feel the chakra is out of order.
Tips for Balancing the Sacral Chakra
- Take a trip to a lake or river
- Spend time near or in the water
- Practice positive affirmations – “I love life” and “I know that I deserve goodness and joy” are two examples
- Practice mantra Vam
- Practice fluid, changing yoga poses
- Hula hooping, spinning, and other motion driven exercises stimulate this chakra
In the following section, we’ll look at the Third Chakra – the Solar Plexus Chakra.
For more information on the chakras, explore the complete guide: