What is the Sacral Chakra?
The Sacral Chakra is a spinning orange disk. Remember the spinning disk poised on Lord Vishnu’s finger in the traditional imagery? Imagine that, in orange, just a few finger-widths below your navel while your legs are crossed in the lotus pose. This powerful chakra on your lower belly and inner pelvis is the seat of sensual power. Called the Svadhishtana (meaning sweetness) chakra, the orange chakra or the second chakra, it is associated with the element of water, language and action. It is located in the lower abdomen, genitals and womb. The glands it controls are the gonads (ovaries and testes). In men, this chakra is associated with the emotional body.
As can be expected with a study as ancient and complex as chakras (that too in a different language), one would need a book to cover everything about it, including its nuances and subtleties.
In one such book— Svadhishtana – The Second Chakra, the sacral chakra… “controls the essential and sensual body. (It) regulates sexuality, reproduction, emotions, instincts, food and general communication of the body with the consciousness that inhabits it.” Further, it continues, “Svadhishtana is related to the element of water and contains the ability to feel emotions, is connected with the desire for sexual union with the other and reproduction, oversees the need to socialize and expose our personality, the balance between giving and having. The qualities that characterize it are sensitivity and creativity.”
What happens when your sacral chakra is blocked?
A closed chakra is a chronic avoidance of certain energies, while an excessively open chakra is a chronic fixation. A chakra can be blocked in either states, manifesting differently in different people. Broadly, the physical and psychological effects are as follows:
A blocked sacral chakra can lead to:
- Uterine, bladder or kidney trouble
- Ovarian cysts and other reproductive issues
- Stiff lower back
- Pathologies of the genital apparatus, even at the lesional level (fibroids, prostatic adenomas, etc.)
- Other pelvic/abdominal issues
According to Judith Anodea’s book Wheels of Life, “Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient, or any of the various stages in between. These states may be basic aspects of someone’s personality throughout most of their life, or something that changes from moment to moment in response to a situation.”
In this case, someone with an out-of-balance orange chakra may:
- Juggle many sexual partners, while someone who is closed may avoid even feeling sexual.
- Experience phobias, panic and anxiety.
- Obsessively pursue pleasure, even and above all on a sexual level.
- Find themselves unable to experience joy.
- Be prone to depression and addictions,
How does the sacral chakra get blocked?
The sacral chakra may get blocked or unbalanced through:
- Prolonged stress
- Heavy emotional baggage such as fear, anger, frustration, or shame
- Sexual trauma such as rape, molestation
What does it feel like when your sacral chakra opens?
When your sacral chakra is opened, unblocked or balanced, it feels lighter, as though a weight has been lifted from an old pain. Conditions associated with a blocked sacral chakra such as depression or uterine trouble may be alleviated. Old memories may come up.
How do you balance your sacral chakra?
There are several routes to balancing one’s sacral chakra. These include yoga, chakra healing, reiki healing, daily affirmations, healing stones or crystals and private practices such as bathing with specific essential oils.
How do you fix a blocked sacral chakra?
Unblocking a sacral chakra
If you have a seasoned yoga practice, there are a few poses that you can incorporate into your routine that will help. If you have no serious mental health concerns or conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and feel that sacral chakra unblocking can help you, there’s no better time to start the habit.
The asanas or postures that work best for balancing the orange chakra include:
- Utkata Konasana, otherwise known as the goddess pose
- Viparita Virabhadrasana, otherwise known as the reverse warrior pose
- Baddha Konasana, demonstrated in this video here.
There are two ways you can pursue this line of healing. One is to repeat affirmations to yourself as a ritual, writing them down over and over again in a notebook, or saying them to yourself throughout the day. You can also try a guided meditation, such as the one below:
- “I connect with myself as a sexual being”
- “I connect with my true sexual desires”
- “I am lightness”
- “I am a divine expression of the infinite whole”
Balancing your sacral chakra can be a very liberating experience. However, it is not advisable to pursue any form of balancing without the guidance of a healer or a yoga teacher as chakra balancing and unblocking is a complex system that takes years to study. Any serious psychological concerns should primarily be handled by a mental health professional.