The sacral chakra is our second chakra.
This chakra is also called Swadhisthana. The meaning from Sanskrit has two parts. Swa” means “the own” and “Dhisthana” means “house/home/seat”.
A chakra is a kind of energy center in your body. We have 7 main chakras in our body: root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and the crown chakra.
The sacral chakra is located directly above the first chakra. This chakra has to do with our life energy. I ‘feel’ is central. Know more about Sacral Chakra from Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh.
In this blog, I would like to explain more about the sacral chakra. You will find out:
- What the sacral chakra is
- The location of the sacral chakra
- What color and symbol belong to the sacral chakra?
- How to tell if the sacral chakra is balanced or out of balance
- How to balance the sacral chakra
- Which yoga poses belong to the sacral chakra
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Questions and answers
1.Where is the second chakra located?
Our sacral chakra is located near our sacrum, just above the first chakra.
2. What color is the sacral chakra?
The color of the sacral chakra is orange.
3. How do you balance the second chakra?
By working with the water element and eating red foods, for example.
Location of the second chakra
Our second chakra is located near our first chakra. Swadhisthana is located near the tailbone and our sacrum. Because of its location near the sacrum, it is also called the sacral chakra. The sacrum is referred to as the “sacrum” in English.
Our sacrum is the hard part above the buttocks. When you look at the body from the front, this chakra is located below the navel, in the lower abdomen.
What is the sacral chakra?
You are probably familiar with the “lower abdomen feeling” and that is literally where it comes from.
Also, this chakra is often associated with sex and therefore our sexual energy resides in this chakra. Sexual energy is a powerful, creative energy because it can create new life through procreation.
Our creative energy and sense of joy are also in this chakra. This is also true for feelings. This chakra represents feeling, courage to express emotions and joy.
The element of water belongs to this chakra. Water can be traced back to our bodily fluids. Water also represents movement and change.
Our first chakra is very dense and has the element of earth. This provides a foundation for existence. The second chakra complements this with water. It provides movement and change. We need this in order to grow.
Development of the Sacral Chakra
This chakra develops mainly between the 7th and 13th chakras. Our first chakra focuses on all earthly things and this chakra is more focused on the world of feelings. We become aware of our feelings and learn to express them.
In this chakra lies the connection with oneself and with others. We begin to relate to others and feel more and more “human”. Our creativity also begins to flow more and more at this stage.
Children at this age begin to understand the differences between boys and girls. They first fall in love and learn more about sexuality and reproduction. For girls, for example, menstruation also begins at this stage.
When this chakra is well developed and active, you know what you want and can express your feelings effortlessly.
You also feel comfortable in your own skin. So you can take this expression quite literally. If you feel comfortable in your skin, it means that your energy feels comfortable in your body.
Color of the Sacral Chakra
The color of the sacral chakra is orange. The color orange is a bright and cheerful color. This color helps you to open up so that all feelings can be felt and expressed. The color calms you and makes you able and willing to share with others.
So the color helps to create a connection with others and reduce melancholy. The color also makes you curious.
Chakra symbol Swadhisthana
This symbol is a lotus with 6 petals. On each petal a Sanskrit letter is written.
These letters represent the successive phases of consciousness: affection, ruthlessness, the feeling of destruction, illusion, contempt and distrust.
The symbol also has a moon. This moon represents the water element, which is so important for this chakra.
The Sacral Chakra in Balance
A balanced chakra ensures that we are emotionally and creatively balanced. We continue to feel balanced despite life’s ups and downs.
You will be open, able to express how you feel, what you need emotionally and feel good and free sexually.
You will be connected to your creativity, which will help you solve problems and develop and implement ideas. Whether at work or at home. You will be able to concentrate better and have a lot of energy.
To other people you radiate love and warmth. You are connected with your inner power and with others. You can also feel other people.
You feel acceptance towards life and others, and you accept life and others as they are.
The sacral chakra is out of balance
This chakra is all about feelings and pleasure. When this chakra is out of balance, many emotional outbursts can occur. Feelings of guilt can also surface.
Sometimes you repress your feelings or even close yourself off from them. Emotional connection can then be very difficult, and you may appear as a cold and chilly person.
Sometimes we are even afraid of happiness and joy and do not dare to allow ourselves to feel it.
Physically, this can manifest as problems with the lower back or lower abdomen. The organs located in this area can also cause discomfort. Think of the prostate, bladder and kidneys. The lower abdomen may also feel cold.
In women, this can lead to problems with the ovaries, uterus or menstrual cramps. In the area of sexuality, there are many extremes, such as an excessive need for sex or a complete lack of sex.
Balance the second chakra
Orange foods help to rebalance this chakra. Think pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, tangerines and other tropical fruits. Seeds and seeds also assist this process.
Since this chakra contains the water element, it is also very important to drink plenty of water.
During meditation it is very pleasant to put your hands on your belly. You can form a triangle with them. The thumbs touch and the index fingers form a triangle pointing down.
This way you can draw attention to this area.
Visualize an orange color in the area of this chakra and the lower abdomen and let this color shine brighter and brighter with each inhalation.
Three yoga postures for the sacral chakra.
We know that most tension accumulates in our hips. Think of the poses in class where you feel frustration, anger or sadness.
Our sacral chakra is connected to our emotions, so hip-opening poses help us with this chakra.
Triangle pose. This pose helps open the hips and align the chakras.
From the front of the mat, take a large step backward with your right hand. Then turn the left toe straight forward and the right toe outward.
The right toes are turned very slightly inward. Make sure the hips are open toward the right side of the mat.
Bring the arms to shoulder height, relax the shoulders. Then reach forward with your left hand as far as you can until you can’t reach any further.
Then place the left hand on a block on the inside of the left foot, on the shin, ankle, foot or even on the floor. The right arm turns upward. Your gaze may be directed toward the floor to maintain balance, or you may look directly upward.
Now bring the shoulders in line with the hips as much as possible. Stay in this position for about a minute and repeat the pose on the other side.
To perform Paschimottanasana, sit on the mat with your legs extended. If needed, place a blanket or pillow under the seat. This will allow you to tilt the pelvis forward.
To encourage this, you can place your hands on your hips and consciously tilt the pelvis.
Keep the feet well active and pull the toes toward you.
As you inhale, extend your arm and stretch it upward. On the exhale, stretch the pelvis forward as far as possible and keep the back straight.
On the next exhalation, gently bend forward and place your hands where they come out. On each inhale, focus on stretching your back out of the pelvis.
You want to bring the top of your head to your feet, not your nose to your knees. With each exhalation, let all the air escape from your belly and feel the space to bend forward a little more.
Stay here for 1 to 2 minutes. Observe what sensations and thoughts arise. Let everything be present and stay aware of the breath.
Child’s pose. Place your lower legs on the mat. You can place the knees hip-width apart or bring the knees more to the outside of the mat. Then make sure the toes are touching.
Then fold forward. Make sure the forehead can rest on the mat or possibly on a block. You can bring the arms along the body or forward.
Close your eyes and breathe in and out calmly. Focus your attention and breathing on the pelvis and lower abdomen. You can linger here for 1 to 3 minutes. This pose also helps to ground yourself.
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