What is the Sacral Chakra?
The Sacral Chakra, or Svadhistana (from the Sanskrit words swa meaning “self”, and adhishthana meaning “established”) is located in the lower belly. It is associated with the sex organs and the kidneys and glows the color orange.
The Sacral Chakra is our center of creativity, sexuality, sensuality, and our ability to connect to our own emotions as well as find empathy for others. If our Sacral Chakra is balanced, we can trust that our relationship with ourselves and with the world to be pleasureful, nurturing and supportive. Connected to the element of water, Svadhistana is all about the F word(s)- fun, flow, freedom, and fluidity.
Imbalances in this chakra are expressed through a difficulty showing one’s emotions, needs, or creativity. One might feel closed off emotionally from others. Or have a fear of adventure and spontaneity. Additionally, a lack of sexual expression, or an overindulgence, are connected to an imbalance here. Discomfort in ones body is often connected to a locked Sacral chakra.
When balanced, one learns of their boundless creative power. One can find flow as they develop a healthy relationship to pleasure. Relationships deepen as one’s emotions are fully addressed and understood as needs and boundaries are skillfully expressed.
Connect and Balance your Sacral Chakra
Takes some time for stillness and getting in touch with your senses. Actively utilizing the senses if a great way to tap into the present moment and the feeling body. The Sacral Chakra is the center of emotions and intimacy, so taking to time to tune into physical sensation and your own mind is a great entry point.
Find a comfortable seat. Try to place yourself in a quiet spot.
Close the eyes and become aware of any sounds you can hear. Become aware of any smells. Hone in on any tastes on the tongue. Notice the colors floating behind your closed eyes. Take a moment to feel any sensations on your bare skin, like a breeze, a fan, is the air around you warm or cool?
Maybe notice the waistband of your pants. Feel where your body connects to the floor. Notice the coolness of the inhale in the nostrils. Notice the warmth of the exhale.
Take your time. Or maybe start with a minute or two of this awareness each day, then start to add time on as you feel more comfortable.
We are capable of rewiring our thought patterns. It simply takes focus and energy. So here are some simple affirmations for the sacral chakra. Take what works for you and leave the rest-
- I create with love.
- My creativity is boundless.
- I honor my body. I treat it with care.
- I am a vibrant sexual being.
- It is my right to receive pleasure.
- I welcome pleasure in all areas of my life.
- I flow freely in my life.
- I am adaptable. I am flexible. I am open to change.
- I am the captain of my emotions, and allow them to be expressed.
- I attract people who love me for who I am.
Write those feeling out!
Ask yourself questions such as:
- Do I feel as though I am creating and giving back to the world?
- Am I happy with my sex life?
- If I imagine myself fully empowered in my sexuality and creativity, what does that look like? How doe it feel? What actions can I take (or what do i need to get rid of) to make that a reality?
MOVE YOUR BODY…
YES! DANCE! Turn on your favorite playlist and dance it out! Or since this chakra is associated with water, go swimming, take a bath, visit your local lake, river, or beach.
Or do a find a flow-y yoga practice. Here are some good poses that get into the hips/ sacral chakra space:
SHOP THE STORE FOR STONES
Orange stones can be used to mediate on the Sacral Chakra, like ornge carnelian, amber and sunstone. Moonstone with its connections to water, femininity and creativity is also associated with the sacral chakra.