Did you ever come across with somebody who radiates a sincere kind, warm and positive energy? The kind of person who embraces the world and with whom you immediately feel comfortable and at ease? Well, chances are you have met someone whose second chakra is balanced. People with a balanced Sacral chakra, or Swadhisthana chakra, are open to the world around them. They are energetic, emotionally stable and connected, compassionate and experience a true joy in life.
Swadhisthana chakra is the centre of passion, emotion, pleasure and creativity. This chakra is located in the pelvic area, about 4 fingers below the belly button. When Swadhisthana chakra is out of balance, you might experience trust issues, behave cold and distant towards others, or you might experience the opposite and be overly needy and dependent. People with Sacral chakra imbalance often feel overwhelmed and hyper sensitive and tend to experience sexual problems. They are prone to suffer from depression and addictions and they seem to be drawn to conflict and drama.
Imbalance of the second chakra also manifests itself on a physical level through urinary issues, kidney problems, gynaelogical problems and lower back pain.
Since the second chakra is our emotional energy centre, most people experience imbalance of this chakra at one time or another. Therefore it is beneficial to know how to balance Swadhisthana chakra so if required you can take action as soon as possible.
1. Awaken your inner child and let go of boundaries
We’ve all heard about it: the inner child which is present in all of us. Mostly however this inner child is suppressed due constant and overwhelming stress and pressure to perform. Awakening your inner child will activate your second chakra and boost your creativity and joy of life. The best medium to let your inner child free is music. Dance wildly, without limits or boundaries. So close the blinds, turn on your favourite music and… Feel the groove! Chanting is also an effective way to let go of boundaries and limits. When you chant freely without thinking the ego goes down. This helps to open up and to release a lot of emotional blockages, allowing your Sacral chakra to radiate freely again.
2. Stimulate the second chakra in your yoga practice
As most yoga practitioners know, emotions and tensions tend to build up in the pelvic area. That explains why there are so many hip opening poses in yoga. If you are not convinced of the validity of this statement, try it out for yourself and observe the difference in flexibility in your hip joints on a day you feel relaxed and positive, and on a day when you feel emotional and stressed. It is likely your flexibility has reduced significantly when you are in an emotional state of mind. By including some hip opening exercises in your yoga practice you do not only let go of physical tension but you also release emotional blockages, hence stimulating and balancing your Sacral chakra. Also balancing poses such as Kakasana (Crow Pose) and standing poses like Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) are efficient poses to balance Swadhisthana Chakra.
3. Let go of emotional baggage
A common cause of a blocked or overactive Sacral chakra is emotional baggage. When you are not able to let go of emotions, be it fear, anger, frustration, shame… the emotions build up until they form a heavy brick pulling you down mentally and physically. As a consequence your emotional energy centre, the second chakra, might close itself completely as a protection mechanism, or on the contrary it might become over active, resulting in extreme mood swings, depression, etc. There are different ways to release emotions such as the obvious talking about it or writing it down in a journal, but also creative activities such as art or music, meditation, yoga practice,… Try out different things to find out what works for you. It’s truly amazing how much relief you might feel once you have managed to express and let go of blocked or suppressed emotions.
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