What Is This Sacral Chakra Svadhishthana Really About?

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The 2nd Chakra is the Sacral Chakra or Svadhishthanacan be translated as “the dwelling place of the self,” and the element of the second Chakra is water, which equals cohesiveness and is illustrated as a white lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). The sacral chakra is located right below the belly button and extends to its center. What is this sacral chakra svadhishthana really about? Well, it has six vermilion-colored petals inscribed with syllables: बं ban, भं bhaṃ, मं maṃ, यं yaṃ, रं raṃ and लं laṃ. Known as Saral chakra, Svadhisthana, Adhishthan, Shaddala. Inside this lotus is a white crescent moon which represents the water region presided over by the deity Varuna.

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The most common location for the Sacral Chakra is about three inches below the navel, at the center of your lower belly. In the back, it’s located at the level of the lumbar vertebrae.

Associated problems: pre-menstrual syndrome, problems with menstrual flow, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, testicular disease, prostate disease.

What is this sacral chakra really about? The second Chakra, Svadhisthana, is also known as the creativity and sexual Chakra. It is located above the pubic bone and below the navel, and encompasses the genital region and the hypo gastric plexus. A balanced second chakra leads to feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. The sacral chakra is associated with the realm of emotions. It’s the center of our feelings and sensations. It’s particularly active in our sexuality and the expression of our sensual and sexual desires. When this Chakra is out of balance, a person may experience emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions. Other noteworthy locations described in different systems, expand its location to the genital area, especially at the level of ovaries for women and the testicles for men. It is also associated with the lymphatic system. The seed mantra, located in the innermost circle, is a moon-white वं vaṃ. Above the mantra that is within the bind, or dot, is the deity Vishnu. He is dark blue and wears a yellow dhoti. He holds a conch, a mace, a wheel and a lotus. He wears the shriwatsa mark, and the koustabhagem. He is seated either on a pink lotus, or on the divine eagle Garuda. His strength is the goddess Rakini (or Chakini). She is black, dressed in red or white and seated on a red lotus. She is commonly depicted with one face and two arms, holding a sword and a shield, or two faced and four armed, and holds a trident, lotus, drum and vajra, or an arrow, skull, drum and ax.

The sacral chakra is associated with the following psychological and behavioral functions: Emotions, feelings, Relationships, relating, Expression of sexuality, sensual pleasure, Feeling the outer and inner worlds, Creativity, Fantasies. As humans, it is part of our nature to create. The symbol of the sacral chakra is composed of: A circle with six petals, A moon crescent. The circle represents the elements of water. Typically, the moon crescent is colored in silver and represents the connection of the energy of the moon with water. These symbols point to the close relationship between the phases of the moon and the fluctuations in the water and the emotions. Furthermore, the symbolism of the moon relates to the feminine menstrual cycle that takes the same number of days to complete and the connection of the sacral chakra with sexual organs and reproduction. This creativity can be expressed as procreation but the second chakra energy is certainly not limited to making babies. When we cook, bake, or garden, we are creating. We create when we find a new solution to an old problem. Any time we take raw materials, physical or mental, and transform them into something new, we are using our creative energy. The second chakra is instrumental in developing flexibility in our life. Associated with the water element, it’s characterized by movement and flow in our emotions and thoughts. It supports personal expansion and the formation of identity through relating to others and to the world.

When the sacral chakra is balanced, the relationship with the world and other people is centered around nurturing, pleasure, harmonious exchange. Imbalance in the sacral chakra can manifest as: Dependency, co-dependency with other people or a substance that grants you easy access to pleasure, Being ruled by your emotions, The opposite: Feeling numb, out of touch with yourself and how you feel, Overindulgence in fantasies, sexual obsessions, Or the opposite: Lack of sexual desire or satisfaction, Feeling stuck in a particular feeling or mood. The sacral chakra is most commonly represented with the color orange. However, since it’s associated with the element of water, it could also take the color of very light blue or white in more rare occasions. The orange of the second chakra is translucent and has a transparent quality. Besides being open to creativity in your daily life, you can balance the second chakra by maintaining a healthy sexual life and honoring and respecting your body. Get in touch with your emotions and see if there are any feelings you’re holding onto. Make a commitment to process those emotions in a healthy way. Left nostril breathing called Ida Nadi breathing will help to open up the second chakra as it brings forth lunar energy. Simply close your right nostril with the first two fingers of your right hand and inhale and exhale through the left nostril, only for 8 to 10 breaths. Meditation with focus on the second chakra brings about personal magnetism, refinement in behavior, freedom from diseases, and longevity.

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Other ways to open a blocked chakra include using yoga, mantras, colors, and gems. Yoga asanas that help to open and align Svadhisthana are:

Seated pelvic circles: Sitting in a cross-legged or half-lotus pose with your hands on your knees, make circles with your torso. Go around in one direction 5 or 6 times and then switch directions.

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Baddha konasana (butterfly pose) with forward fold: In a seated position, bring the bottoms of your feet together. Let your knees drop to the sides and bring your heels in close to your pelvis. Lengthen the torso and fold forward.

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Bhujangasana (cobra pose): Lie on your stomach with your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands under your shoulders and slowly lift your head, chest, and abdomen while keeping your naval on the floor. Be sure to press down through the pubic bone toward the mat.
The mantra sound that corresponds to the sacral chakra is the sound VAM. By chanting VAM, the vibrations will open and align this chakra. The color for the second chakra is orange and the gemstones for this chakra are amber, calcite orange, carnelian, or hematite.

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