Sep 23, 2019

The Sacral Chakra

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The 2nd Chakra, otherwise known as Svadisthana Chakra, or the sacral chakra is located in the lower abdomen, lower back, hips, pelvis, bladder and sexual organs, it’s color is orange, element is water, and bija seed sound is Vam.

Trigger Warning: sexual assault, rape, abuse, sexual issues

It is the center of our sexuality, emotions, sensuality, pleasure, creativity, nurturance. When we experience sexual, emotional or physical abuse this can deeply impact our second chakra.

The essence of the 2nd chakra is sweetness. It is our ability to enjoy life, to create and be open to feel our emotions fully and freely. It impacts how we relate to ourselves and others. 

When Svadisthana is blocked, when energy cannot freely flow here we get stuck in a place of guilt, this is the shadow of the sacral chakra. We may have difficulty setting appropriate boundaries and be in a state of codependency. We may not feel fulfilled, sexually and/or creatively and perhaps believe we are not worthy of the gifts that are all around. This can lead to a lack of appreciation for life. Those of us who struggle with perfectionism and place an over-importance on discipline and self-control (work-ahololism) often find that our creativity is blocked. 

In the physical body a blocked 2nd chakra can create low back pain and hip discomfort or pain, sexual dis-function and infertility, severe menstrual pain and other gynecological problems, frequent urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney problems, prostate issues. 

In our culture there is so much that can lead to a blocked 2nd chakra and can make healing this chakra a huge undertaking. Many of our culture’s attitudes about how we feel and express our emotions (and this will be different based on your social location, especially your gender), ideas around sex and sexuality, rape culture, and reproductive rights can deeply impact our ability to heal. 

For example, 1 in 3 women and girls will be victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime and nearly 700,000 children are victims of child abuse every year in the U.S. This is an epidemic. And it is deeply impacting all of us. 

Personally, I am a survivor of both sexual and domestic violence. I have done a ton of work around my 2nd chakra. And it still shows up in my body, most recently over the past two years

We are living in an interesting moment...an important moment. There are women (and men) speaking up in ways they haven’t felt they could in the past. There are perpetrators being held accountable in ways we have never seen in the past because of the #metoo and #timesup movements. I publically shared my #metoo story (you can read it here) and support every single person who has stepped forward. 

At the same time, these movements and the courage to share our stories can also be very triggering. It brings up visions and emotions that live in our bodies at the cellular level. The stories being shared may or may not be believed. There are still many people who look the other way, create excuses and blame the victims in a myriad of ways. This is rape culture. We are swimming in it. And just like fish swimming in water don’t notice the water, many people still can’t recognize the culture that allows these behaviors to continue. And this culture deeply impacts our ability as individuals to heal. 

Tips and Tools to Heal the 2nd Chakra:

Tap into the body’s natural healing process. Resource through breath, grounding...this is 1st chakra work and sets us up for the next layer. Allow emotions to rise. Let them move. Feel and name the sensations in the body as the emotions arise. 

Move and Let it all Go: With the first chakra the focus was on stability and grounding. With the 2nd chakra it’s the opposite. The invitation is to find free flowing movement, to allow yourself to feel and move with more freedom. Water, afterall, is the element of the 2nd chakra, so invite fluidity into your choice of movements. 

Self-care practices:

  • Simple, self-nurturing practices
  • Get into water. Take baths, swim, get close to water sources.
  • Hydrate your body.
  • Explore ways in which you can tap into your own creativity. Get a coloring book, paint, throw a pot, cook.
  • Get in touch with your sensuality. Use aromatherapy.
  • Dance!! Move your hips. Belly dancing, tango and Salsa dancing are great ways to energize the 2nd chakra.
  • Massage

Yoga Poses:

  • Any postures that open or strengthen the hips: Goddess pose, Malasana (yogi squat), lateral lunges, low/high lunges, warrior 2 variations, suptabadhakonasana (butterfly on back)
  • Pelvic Rocking: lie on back and move the pelvis forward and back
  • Hip circles: come to standing and move the hips in circles

***Remember that if you have an emotional release in any of this movement the emotions should be processed. Cry, yell, stomp, inviting someone you trust to hold you. Find professionals (therapists, body workers, rebirthing experts, etc.) and friends who can support you and nurture you through this process. 

Mantra:

  • I have the right to feel
  • I have the right to feel pleasure
  • I am a sensual being
  • I accept my body and my sensuality

Why balance your 2nd chakra? 

When the second chakra is balanced we have the capacity to experience more pleasure...sexually and physically. It allows us to accept changes with more ease and grace. We become more steady in our emotional state, where we can still feel deeply without the drama. A balanced 2nd chakra also allows us to take care of ourselves and others while staying committed to having boundaries within those relationships. It gives us the freedom to express who we are creatively. In the most simple terms we can experience a general enjoyment of this life without guilt.

 


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