The Sacral Chakra is the second of the seven primary chakras or imaginary energy portals that exist in the subtle body of every individual, and plays a profound role in determining their personality traits, as well as, other distinguishing attributes. The characteristic color of this chakra is Orange which is equal parts red and yellow, and thus it provides a dazzling combination of the dense vitality of the Root Chakra and the strength of will and self-belief of the Solar Plexus Chakra. Therefore, it plays the most important part of bringing together the opposing forces of masculinity and femininity to provide a well-rounded shape to the overall personality and perspective of any person. This duality that exists because of the co-existence of opposing forces help in bringing forth change and putting an end to stillness.
Element of the Sacral Chakra:
The element associated with this chakra sacral is water, and thus it has everything to do with the bodily functions that are intimately related to the movement of the bodily fluids such as circulation and reproduction. This corresponds to the primary role this chakra plays in individuals which is the generation of desire and feeling of pleasure, as well as, sexuality and urge for procreation.
Other Names and Location of the Sacral Chakra:
The Sanskrit name of the Sacral Chakra is Swadhisthana Chakra which translates into ‘one’s own abode’, but the root word also closely corresponds to the meaning ‘to taste sweetly’, which reflects the aspect of pleasure and desire that are integral to the functioning of the Sacral Chakra.
In fact, the location of this chakra in the physical body is a testimony to its primary functions as well. The part of the body where the Second Chakra is thought to be located is over the spleen in the gut region, which goes to explain its importance in the development of gut feeling and wisdom in individuals. The body organs most closely associated with this chakra is the reproductive organs, testis in males, and ovaries in females. The position of the Sacral Chakra is quite difficult to discern in men because of the location of the first chakra quite close to the genitals. However, the situation is quite different in females because the ovaries or the womb is the seat of the 2nd Chakra in them.
Functions of the Sacral Chakra:
The functions that are associated with the bodily fluids such as sexuality and reproduction, circulation of blood, and urinary elimination occur in a satisfied manner when this chakra is not suffering from any blockages.
The physical problems that become profound in the case of malfunctioning Chakra 2 include problems related to the balder, colon, and gall bladder. The problems include lack of sexual appetite, sexual dysfunction including inability to procreate, menstrual problems, problems in knees and feet, loss of appetite, and low back pain. On the other hand, since this chakra is intimately related to sexuality and emotions, as well as, pleasure, movement, sensation, and nurturance, it proper functioning provides a robust sexual life. Individuals are able to enjoy keen senses, vigor and vitality, as well as, healthy appetite, and overall health.
The Second Chakra is indispensible for the growth of sociable behavior and proper boundaries in relationships. People are able to enjoy a curious streak of mind, and have mental strength to be independent in life. It also renders people with the ability to handle ups and downs in their lives, as well as, form an endearing and caring personality. On the other hand, any blockage to this chakra can cause individuals to become obsessive in relationships with poor boundaries, as well as, lack of social skills and dependence on others. Individuals can also cease to appreciate wisdom and suffer from fragmented thoughts.
Sacral Chakra Meditation & Exercises:
Sacral Chakra meditation and exercises aim to rectify any problems present with the working of this chakra by enhancing the movement of the hips and the lower abdominal region. Several simple but self-nurturing exercises such as going for a walk or swim, and even opting for shower and hot baths can work wonders in opening blocked chakra or stimulating the flow of energy through it. Other more elaborate exercises and meditative practices are as follows.
Since water is the element for the second chakra, it can play a powerful role in rectifying any problems present in it. People can begin with simply drinking a glass of water and imagining it flowing through every muscle, bone, and nerve in their body, cleansing and purifying all the way. They can then opt for a cleansing process which can involve anything such as using a shower, or even opting to submerge in a body of water ranging from a mere hot tub to a lake or a stream. This can be highly effective in providing a feeling of cleanliness, which is so important in opening up blocked chakras.
The Goddess Pose:
This Svadhisthana Chakra exercise involves lying flat on the back and bringing the feet close to the buttocks by bending the knees, and then parting the legs to feel at ease with one’s sexual vulnerability.
This exercise aims to improve movement in the hip portion by rotating it in ever-growing circles while standing with bended knees and the hips in a forward position to bring it in line with the body’s centre of gravity.
Pelvic Rock I:
This exercise involves inhaling fully into the chest and belly, and then exhaling fully while rocking the pelvis upward and downward while on slightly bent legs.
Pelvic Rock II:
This Sacral Chakra exercise involves the basics of Pelvic Rock I exercise but with a more rapid pace of movement for the pelvis, which helps in removing stiffness from the region and help in releasing blocked energy.
This exercise involves lying on the back and lifting legs to bring them together and kick them apart to energize the entire region, and enhance the flow of energy through the Sacral Chakra.
A number of Sacral Chakra exercises help in facilitating the release of emotions and vitality through a combination of breathing, massage, and yogic postures.
It is essential to remember that any emotions that could arise during these exercises should be processed and moved out of the mind, which will help you to release from such emotions.
Quick Facts About Sacral Chakra:
Lower abdomen, genitals, womb
Desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation
Womb, genitals, kidney, bladder, circulatory system
Impotence, frigidity, uterine, bladder or kidney trouble, stiff back
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