Opening The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is the seat of emotion. Associated with the color orange, the sacral chakra (taken from the Sanskrit word svadhisthana, meaning “dwelling place of the self”) governs our ability to initiate, nurture and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.Located in the lower abdomen, it is the hub of our creativity and guides us see beyond the mundane to embrace our dreams and desires. A balanced sacral chakra offers balance, grounding, and strength.
When it’s time to open the second chakra energy flow
If your sacral chakra is out of balance it can initiate a range of physical symptoms, including:
- premenstrual syndrome
- hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- lower back pain
- joint problems
- spleen and kidney issues
- low energy
Most of us have energetic blocks and imbalances as well as energy-sabotaging habits that prevent us from accessing our full vitality, which leads us to feel exhausted, scattered, dull… even ill.
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On a non-physical level, a imbalance of the sacral chakra can contribute to:
- poor boundaries
- overly sensitive, indulgent or aggressive
- fear and/or anxiety
- panic attacks
If you feel your second chakra is in need of opening and healing, there are a number of things you can do to balance and strengthen it.
Simple ways to open your second chakra
Find Your Groove
One way of opening the sacral chakra is to dance. Moving your body helps heal the second chakra by getting your body’s energy flowing, which activates the chakra and removes blockages.
Awaken Your Senses
Essential oils are a great, simple way to open up blocked chakras. Try introducing pleasant scents associated with the sacral chakra to your home, office, and other personal spaces. From citrusy and floral to more subtle, earthy fragrances, adding a hint of scent can make a world of difference in helping to open, cleanse, and balance the second chakra. To help heal chakra imbalance, consider using one or more of these essential oils:
- Clary Sage
Think (and See) Orange
Introduce subtle to bright shades of orange to your office and home decor to help heal, activate and open up energy flow through the second chakra. Add a touch of warming orange to your wardrobe and maybe introduce some healing, earthy orange tones to your jewelry and accessories.
Meditating on the color orange is another great way to not only heal and activate the sacral chakra, but also improve your focus and concentration.
Unpack Your Bags
Learning to let go can be difficult. Emotional baggage, even if it’s just the size of a carry-on, can weigh you down. Consider journaling or simply talking with a close friend about all that’s bothering you. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you vocalize and let go of repressed emotions and experiences.
Open Up the Hips
The sacral chakra is directly tied to our ability to experience pleasure and express our emotions in a healthy way. Learning how to open and strengthen our second chakra through exercise can also help heal imbalance.
When exploring options for exercises that benefit the sacral chakra, consider yoga.
To open up, activate, and heal the sacral chakra, start with these yoga poses:
- Open angle pose ( Upavistha Konasana)
- Cow face pose (Gomukhasana)
- One-legged king pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
- Reclining bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
- Half frog pose (Ardha Bhekasana)
- Fire log pose (Agnistambhasana)
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.
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