Svadisthana, the Sacral Chakra
Svadisthana is the second major energy center along the spinal column. It is located below the navel, at the end of the tailbone. In Sanskrit it is a compound word made up of Swa, meaning "one's own," and adhisthana, meaning "seat" or "abode."
The Sacral Chakra is associated with relationships, emotions, and creativity. Physically, this center is associated with the womb and genitals, hips, low back, bladder, and kidneys. The color orange is the color of Svadisthana and it is represented by a six-petaled lotus. Water is the element associated with this chakra.
An unbalanced Svadisthana can manifest itself physically in fertility or menstrual issues, problems with the intestines and digestion, kidneys, or other abdominal organs. Mentally, a Sacral Chakra that is out of balance can result in low self-confidence, loneliness, disordered eating patterns, and irregular emotions. Feelings of lethargy or low energy also result from a Sacral imbalance. Conversely, an overactive Svadisthana could result in aggression, excessive drama, anxiety, arrogance, and/or addiction.
Bringing the Sacral Chakra into balance could begin with the diet. Orange foods such as carrots, mangoes, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and sweet potatoes all work to balance the second chakra. Staying hydrated is important to a balanced energy center.
Other practices to stabilize this energy center include wearing or placing gems on the body. Carnelian, yellow topaz, or orange calcite work great. Wearing jewelry with these gems or simply placing them on the lower abdomen are both helpful. Wearing or holding an emerald can equalize this chakra if it is overactive, as blue is the complementary color to orange. Essential oils that work with the Svadisthana include sandalwood, rose oil, ylang-ylang, and jasmine. The mantra for this energy center is VAM. Chanting or meditating on positive affirmations such as "I am full of creativity" can also bring calm to the mind and balance to the emotions. Anjaneyasana (low lunge), Utkata Konasana (goddess pose), or Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2) are all yoga postures to open and activate the second chakra.
The Sacral Chakra is the seat of creativity and relationships. Bringing it into balance can improve emotional stability, as well as strengthen digestion and the abdominal organs. Using all of the tools mentioned from gem stones to meditation stabilize the Svadisthana. Balancing this center in the body can free us to live harmoniously with others and experience deep and healthy relationships. Namaste.