Sanskrit: Swadhisthana / Svadisthana
Location: Below the naval
Verb: I feel
In a Word: Fertility
Located below the navel in the lower abdomen (hips), lower back (sacrum), and sexual organs come the second chakra commonly referred to as the SACRAL CHAKRA. It’s also referenced as the SPLEEN or SEXUAL CHAKRA. With water as its element, its primary focus is emotions and thus is linked to the emotional body, and deals with emotional stability. The Sacral Chakra brings fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
Physiologically speaking, it governs sex and the flow of body fluids and energy. In women, it’s centered around the ovaries, whereas in men the testes but also extend to the kidneys, gall bladder, and reproductive system.
When balanced, adaptability and flexibility come easily. One is able to be open, relatable, and has good coping skills; however, when blocked or unbalanced, it causes one to exhibit emotional distress from being uncertain/doubtful or insecure leading to low or lack of self-esteem/worth to the extreme of fearing one’s own demise.
Basic Overview for the Sacral Chakra:
- Used for creativity, vitality, and sexual expression
- Creates balance in connecting with other people and spending time spent alone
- Connected to procreation and bringing forth of new life
- Relates to water; therefore, it’s associated with emotional identity and oriented to self-gratification.
- Per ancient wisdom, it is considered separate from the Womb Chakra, which is linked not only to the reproductive system but also to the Divine Mother.
Extended Details about the Sacral Chakra:
|Associated Gland:||Gonads - ovaries and testes|
|Associated Organ/Systems:||Reproductive organs, kidneys, gall bladder|
|Musical Keynote:||D above middle C - vocalized as the "o" in "home")|
|Sound Frequency:||288 Hz|
|Qualities and/or Functions:||Primal feelings, awe, enthusiasm, openness to others, personal creativity|
Tools for Working with the Sacral Chakra:
To activate this chakra, wear orange clothing and eat or drink orange foods/beverages, along with working with these tools:
|Gemstones:||Carnelian, Coral, Orange Calcite, Moonstone, Blood Citrine, and Orange Jasper|
|Herbs:||Damiana, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang|
|Essential Oils:||Benzoin, Cardamon, Clary Sage, Elemi, Fennel, Sandalwood|
|Yoga Poses:||Squat/Garland Pose, Bound Angle Pose, and Camel Pose|
|Health Tips:||"Eat three balanced meals a day; support adrenals with plenty of water, B vitamins, and minerals; exercise aerobically [cardio] on a daily basis." (Dale, 2009).|
Healing Meditation for the Sacral Chakra:
Healing & Awakening Meditations by Meditative Mind
- The Complete Book of Chakra Healing by Cindi Dale (2009)