Located in the lower abdomen below the navel, the sacral chakra or svadhisthana is the second in your seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “one’s own dwelling”. The sacral chakra is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity.
The energy of the sacral chakra starts from below the navel and extends to the pelvic region. This forms your deepest connections with sensuality and passion. This chakra embodies your relationship to discovery and exploration of your world. This includes emotion, pleasure, connection, and intimacy.
Motivated by pleasure and joy, the sacral chakra is the driving force for your enjoyment of life. This enables you to feel and experience life in fullness. As the center of passion, your second chakra awakens your power of creation. This allows you to discover what you truly enjoy and create intimate relationships.
The sacral chakra helps cultivate flexibility and adaptability. This empowers you to move on, accept change, and transform. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows you to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with your feelings and emotions.
Key Characteristics of the Sacral Chakra
Emotions— Connect with your feelings and emotions with the energy of the sacral chakra.
Pleasure —Motivated by pleasure and joy, this chakra is responsible for your enjoyment of life through your senses. This creates the foundation for your emotional wellbeing.
Sensuality — The sacral chakra helps you understand and develop your intimate connections with others.
Creativity — This chakra awakens your creative expression, allowing you to explore new ideas and stimulate your imagination.
Passion—The energy of your second chakra allows you to discover and explore what you are truly passionate about. This passion lets you truly enjoy life.
The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout your subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in your chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause your mind, body, and spirit to suffer.
When the sacral chakra is imbalanced, it can make you feel emotionally and physically destabilized. If you are working towards creative goals, improving your emotional health, or working on your relationships, it is important that you open and bring balance your sacral chakra.
Underactive Sacral Chakra — When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy. When your sacral chakra is underactive, it can affect your overall well being.
When your sacral chakra is blocked or underactive, you may be experiencing a sense of lack of control ranging from uncertainty to an inability to cope with life’s changes. When the sacral chakra becomes blocked, it often detaches you from your emotions and those around you.
Signs of an underactive sacral chakra
Fear of Pleasure
Lack of Creativity
Lack of Desire
Not Authentic to Yourself
Overactive Sacral Chakra — When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra. When your sacral chakra is overactive, it affects your overall well being.
If your second chakra is overactive, you may be experiencing issues of excess and conflict from thriving on drama to having unhealthy relationships. When the sacral chakra is overwhelmed with energy, it will make you feel overwhelmed. You may feel emotions more deeply, experience mood swings, or become overly dependent on others.
Signs of an overactive sacral chakra
Excessive Emotional Attachment
How to Balance Your Sacral Chakra
Chakra balancing is the process of restoring the harmonious and balanced flow of prana or energy throughout the body. Your chakras are in constant fluctuation. Practicing chakra balancing and aligning is a regular and sometimes daily activity to explore. But how do you balance your sacral chakra?
Connect with Water — The sacral chakra is highly influenced by the element of water. Getting outside and relaxing near or in open water can help open and restore balance to your second chakra. Lakes, rivers, streams, or the ocean are all useful. Wade or dangle your feet in the water to allow your sacral energy to flow. A warm bath or shower can also help aid in balancing your chakra.
Creative Play — As the center of your creativity and passion, it is important to explore new or old hobbies to help open your sacral chakra and let your creative energy flow. Dancing, drawing, writing, or engaging in playful activities are all useful tools to bring the harmonious flow of energy to your second chakra.
Physical Activity — Yoga can be particularly helpful in opening and bringing balance to your sacral chakra. Yoga for sacral balancing should focus on hip-opening poses. Below are specific yoga movements to connect you to the energy of the sacral chakra:
Open-Angle Pose | Upavistha Konasana
Frog Pose | Bhekasana
Pigeon Pose |Kapotasna
Goddess Pose | Utkata Konasana
Meditation — Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your sacral chakra.
Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Focus your attention on the location of your sacral chakra: your abdomen, a few inches below your navel.
Since the sacral chakra is tied to the color of orange, imagine an orange glow below your navel, slowly expanding to the pelvic region and making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes. You may follow with positive affirmations.
Affirmations — Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in your subtle body. When balancing your sacral chakra, practice saying the following phrases to yourself:
I am passionate
I am open to experiencing the present moment
I am comfortable in my body
I feel at peace
I am a creative being
Aromatherapy and Herbs — Aromatherapy and natural Herbs can be a powerful and simple tool for opening and balancing your sacral chakra. Use Essential oils and natural herbs with cleansing and balancing aromas that promote joy, creativity, and emotional balance. Our Herbal Smokes are designed to aid in balancing and opening your sacral chakra.
Crystal Healing — Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The sacral chakra is highly influenced by carnelian. When balancing your sacral chakra, meditate with carnelian or even carry the stone with you to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra.