The sacral chakra is the second of the seven main chakras or energy centers located below the navel where the perineum is.
Origins of the Sacral Chakra
It represents sexuality and creativity. In Sanskrit, the sacral chakra is called the Swadhisthana Chakra, which translates to two Sanskrit words - Swa meaning self, and adhishthana meaning established.
The sacral chakra comes after the root chakra and before the solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra, which together make up the chakra energy system. Chakra is defined as a spinning wheel of energy that runs up the spine to the top of the head. Each wheel-like energy center relates to different emotional and physical functions in the human body. Concepts of the 7 chakras came to the Western world in the 1880s from tantric yoga traditions.
Functions of the Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is associated with pleasure, sexuality, and joy. It supports different aspects of physical and mental health and governs the sex organs and kidneys.
Kundalini energy lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is awakened through wellness practices, including meditation, asanas, pranayama, and prayer. When energy flows through the second chakra, you will feel dynamic, stimulated, and confident. A balanced sacral chakra will support sensuality, creativity, and healthy emotions.
Blocked chakra energy can have negative impacts on the physical body and mental state. If you are experiencing any of the following negative qualities, this may be a sign that your sacral chakra is out of balance:
Lower back pain
Lack of creativity
Problems with intimacy
If you are experiencing a combination of any of these symptoms, you may have a blocked sacral chakra. We recommend practicing some of the following exercises or chakra meditation, for sacral chakra healing, which will allow life force energy to flow freely through the body.
How to Open your Sacral Chakra
Many practices support the opening and balancing of the sacral chakra. Here are some exercises you can use to heal your second chakra:
Meditation: Meditating that invokes the water element can be very healing and therapeutic. Here are two exercises that are effective in activating the sacral chakra:
Visualization meditation: Begin by sitting in a comfortable position and slow your breathing. Focus on your breath until you find a steady rhythm. Once you establish this focus, shift your attention to visualizing the colour orange. Continue the practice for several minutes.
Chanting meditation: Sit comfortably in a reclined position and close your eyes. Visualize a flat, white moon that goes from your knees and extends up your navel. Repeat the mantra “vam.” You can continue this meditation for anywhere from 1-20 minutes.
Essential Oils: Different essential oils connect to different chakras and can be used to balance different energy centers. You can apply them directly to the skin or dilute and add them to your bath. Here are some of the primary essential oils that are effective in opening the sacral chakra:
Pink pepper seed
Affirmations: There are several affirmations you can use to activate the sacral chakra. You can practice these by writing them down, saying them aloud or a combination of both. Here are some of the affirmations that will help open your sacral chakra:
“I deserve pleasure in my life.”
“I absorb information from my feelings.”
“I embrace and celebrate my sexuality.”
“My sexuality is sacred.”
“I move easily and effortlessly.”
“Life is pleasurable.”
Yoga asanas: Several asanas help open the Svadhisthana chakra. Here are three effective yoga poses that will help life force energy flow freely through the second chakra:
Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana): Begin standing with your feet wide apart in a turned-out position. Bend your knees and try to align your thighs so they are parallel with the ground. however, everyone will be at a different level, and this is not possible for all. Ensure your knees are bent over your feet, and your shoulders are above your hips. Lengthen your back and join your palms together in front of the heart. Hold the posture for several breaths.
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana): Sit on your mat, extend your legs in front of you, and rock from side to side to find a comfortable sitting position. Flex your feet and reach your arms over your head. Stretch up through to the fingertips and inhale. As you exhale, reach forward from the hips keeping your spine lengthened and place your hands beside your calves. Hold this position for several breaths, and with each exhale, sink deeper into the pose.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana): Lie down on your yoga mat, bend your knees, and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing the knees to fall toward the floor. Put your palms on your abdomen and feel it expand as you inhale and exhale. Allow your body to sink deeper into the ground with each breath. Manifest creative energy and confidence in yourself, and carry this sense of openness and joy throughout the day.
If none of these exercises interest you, there are other ways where you can balance your sacral chakra. These include the use of crystals, physical exercise, incorporating shades of orange in your life, and swimming or existing near water. In addition, certain foods can balance the sacral chakra, i.e., foods that are rich in healthy fats such as fish, nuts, and seeds, as well as orange foods.
Healing your second chakra will improve your physical and emotional well-being, but this will not happen overnight. Practice these exercises on a regular basis for the best results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when the sacral chakra is blocked?
When the sacral chakra is blocked, you may experience problems with your physical and mental health. Physical problems include issues with reproductive organs, menstrual cramps, lower back pain, urinary tract infections and negative changes in sexual interests. In addition, you may experience problems in the adrenal glands, kidneys and bladder.
Emotionally, you may experience sexual shame, discomfort in your body and the feeling of being closed off. Moreover, you may have trouble with creative expression and feel disconnected from your sensual side. Read how to open your sacral chakra if you feel it to be out of balance with your chakra system. The second chakra awakens when energy can flow freely through the body.
Which crystals for sacral chakra?
Crystals can be used to heal the sacral chakra. This can be done by placing the crystal over the chakra during meditation, distributing them around the home, wearing them as jewelry, or carrying them with you when you require creative and sexual energy. According to Victoria Stokes, a wellness writer for Healthline, some stones that correlate with the sacral chakra include the following:
Moonstone: Helps develop emotional intelligence and connect us to the divine feminine energy.
Autumn jasper: Promotes feeling compassionate and protectiveness of our positivity.
Tiger’s eye (gold): Heightens connection to the primal self, which helps us feel courageous.
Mookalite (red): Helps us embrace changes in our lives and resolve situations.
Citrine: Manifests joy and allows us to appreciate the simple pleasures in life.
Carnelian: This allows us to unleash your creativity and discover hidden gifts
Why is my sacral chakra overactive?
There are specific symptoms of an overactive sacral chakra. Some of these include feeling consumed by emotions, engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviors, and intense emotional highs and lows.
An overactive sacral chakra means that the energy center is sending too much energy through the body, creating overwhelming feelings. Practice some of the balancing exercises mentioned earlier to centralize your energy.
Why does my sacral chakra hurt?
If your sacral chakra hurts, it is likely a sign of an unbalanced sacral chakra. Review our section on how to open your sacral chakra to learn how you can heal this imbalance.