Sacral Chakra- Swadhistana
The sanskrit word for the sacral chakra is swadhistana. This chakra is located about three inches below the naval and governs the kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, sacrum and hips. Its color is orange.
Imbalances in the sacral chakra can include chronic menstrual cramps, endometriosis, infertility, sterility, prostate problems, hip pain and sciatica pain. The glands that are governed by the sacral chakra are ovaries and testis. Any health issues with these glands should be considered an imbalance of the sacral chakra.
The element for the sacral chakra is water, which ties it in close with the emotions. If you have experienced deep emotions, particularly stressful emotions, it’s a fair bet your sacral chakra is in need of some love.
To balance the sacral chakra, try soaking in a warm bath with a few drops of rose or jasmine oil. Add some epsom salt to help with hip and sciatica pain. Swimming is another great way to balance the sacral chakra, as is dancing and yoga. If you choose dance, try some Latin music.
Working with your sacral chakra is essential for pursuing your dreams. It’s the chakra of creation. Feeling stuck in a rut with your creativity? Wear orange. Have a favorite spot to do your creative work such as writing, drawing, painting, sewing? Paint one of the walls orange, or place some orange items about the space, where you will see them as you work.
Another way to keep the sacral chakra in balance is to place boundaries up and let others know you expect them to respect your boundaries. Don’t forget- respect the boundaries of others as well.
Do meditation complimented with an oil diffuser or burning incense. The oils that work well with the sacral chakra include rose, jasmine and orange.
Carry or wear tiger’s eye, gold topaz or coral to maintain sacral chakra balance during difficult times.
Animals associated with this chakra are sea creatures. Playing music made from whale songs is one way to connect to these creatures. So is visiting the ocean.
Foods to help strengthen the sacral chakra are liquids. Pure water or jasmine tea are good examples.
The positive archetype for this chakra is the Emperor/ Empress.
The negative archetype for this chakra is Martyr.
A good yoga pose to practice for the sacral chakra is the Cow Face Pose.
How to do the Cow Face Pose:
Sit on the mat with your legs in front of you and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Slide your left foot under the right knee to the outside of the right hip. Cross your right leg over the left, your right foot will be to the outside of the left hip. Bring your heels in close to the hips. You might have to use your hands to tug them into place. Be mindful of your limitations. Sit evenly on your sitting bones.
Stretch your right arm straight out to the right, bring it straight up and bend at the elbow so your right hand is behind your shoulder, elbow straight in the air. Bring your left arm behind your waist and hook your right fingers with the left fingers. If you can’t touch fingers, use a towel to help make the connection.
Hold pose for one minute, then release, and switch sides.
* Please check with your healthcare provider if you are new to yoga. Remember to never force any position. I recommend seeking a trained yoga instructor for beginners.