Swadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra in Everyday Life

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• When do your emotions run overboard? 

• When do you feel your stomach in an unpleasant way? 

• When and where are you in the flow with life?

All these questions (and more) relate to the Sacral Chakra, the second Chakra to work with on the Chakra Journey. The second chakra is our pleasure and joy center, the center for connection to the outside world, the playground for all of our senses. When this chakra is blocked, our lust for life can go a bit awry, when it is overactive our emotions can get into high tide. When it is in balance, we flow through life effortlessly, being one with the natural rhythm of existence.


What does the Sacral Chakra mean in Everyday Life?

The sacral chakra is the 2nd Chakra of the 7 main energy centers in our body: Swadisthana (Sanskrit: स्वाधिष्ठान, IAST: Svādhiṣṭhāna, English: “one’s own base”)

The navel or sacral chakra is the juicy chakra. As a child grows, she starts individuating from the mother and recognizing other beings as separate from herself. One-on-one relationships start to develop. Children at a very early age start flirting and testing how their behaviour influences others around them, so that their emotional needs can be met. The second chakra is all about nourishing yourself, recognizing your emotions and finding balance in them. It´s about recognizing and matching your internal feelings to your external world – in short – being in flow, just as we are in a flowy, juicy yoga class!

As Iggy Pop said it right: ‘Lust for Life‘ – that´s what the second chakra is all about!

The second chakra is especially influenced by guilt.

When we grow up ‘our own dwelling place’ is responsible for being in flow with life. It´s all about feeling and matching our internal feelings to our external world. Relationships are the triggers for this chakra. If the chakra is deficient you might have difficulties acknowledging your feelings, your personal needs and how to nourish yourself, to feel this juicy pleasure of being alive. Or you might be not interested in relationships or sensual pleasure at all. If it is over active your emotions might be all over the place and it is difficult for you to control them to find a balance between your emotions and your mind, so that you can find balance with another being. An overactive sex drive without the need to bond more deeply with one individual can also occur.

If the second chakra is in imbalance, it can also give way to eating disorders, addictions and self-destructive behavior. Trauma from the first chakra can be linked to second chakra, too.

The second chakra is one of the most resourceful chakras, as it depends on the interaction with others, namely our partner, who are our mirrors. They show us what we can´t see ourselves, our shadows, by reflecting back our neglected and hidden parts of the subconscious mind.

The element of the chakra is water, the sense that corresponds to it is taste. The color is orange, the beej mantra is Vam.

The body parts related to it are: reproductive organs, intestines, kidneys, bladder, hips, buttox, lower back
We can work with the root chakra through yoga asanas, crystals, essential oils, food, color therapy and Chakra Healing.


To start working with the second chakra, you can use the affirmation below and download the FREE CHAKRA CHART to learn more about it´s benefits and the influence on body, mind and spirit.

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Read more about the 3rd Chakra – Manipura (Solarplexus Chakra) here.


If you´d like to find out more about your chakras, join me for the ‘Power up your Potential – Chakra Flow workshop at Yogatique Bangkok on the 3rd of December, 2016!


Or book a personal Healing Session or a skype Chakra Coaching, which gives you insight into your chakra system, the activity of each chakra, releases blocked energy and helps to brings clarity into your most important steps to take.


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