Harness the Power of the Sacral Chakra

Updated on:
May 28, 2021
Irena Chia

The sacral chakra holds the answers to our deepest questions: “Who am I?” “What is my purpose in life?” It is our feelings, sexuality, and creativity center and is responsible for celebrating spirit and Self. 

More than ever before, people are desperately seeking to “find” themselves and discover their soul’s purpose. Learn the immense power the sacral chakra holds and how to tap into its potential.

Sacral chakra

What Is a Chakra?

Chakra is a Sanskrit term meaning wheel. Chakra generally refers to “wheel of light“. Known in many cultures, the chakra system dates back to the beginning of humanity. (1.) 

Chakras are cone-shaped vortices located within the human energy body. They are energy centers that spin and vibrate drawing in the energy from the universal energy field and distributing it out into the body’s energy pathways. Indian tradition calls these pathways nadis, whilst Chinese tradition refers to them as meridians.

As Rosalyn Bruyere, acclaimed healer and medicine woman, says: “The Chakra system is precisely the means by which we gain awareness. It is how we experience life, how we perceive reality, and how we relate to self, others, and the world. It is life itself.”

The Chakra System

We have seven major chakras which run along the spine and 21 minor chakras located at various locations around the emotional and physical body.  

Chakras govern not only the physical aspects of ourselves but also our mental, emotional and spiritual facets. They, therefore, act as a kind of portal between our body, mind, and soul.

The seven chakras are: 

  1. Root chakra –  associated with stability and security.
  2. Sacral chakra – associated with sexuality and emotions
  3. Solar plexus chakra – associated with confidence and will.
  4. Heart chakra – associated with joy and connection
  5. Throat chakra – associated with communication and creativity
  6. Third eye chakra – associated with intuition and imagination
  7. Crown chakra – associated with consciousness and knowledge.

Each of the chakras is said to hold various levels of consciousness representing a different stage of our psychological and spiritual development

The first three chakras (root, sacral, and solar plexus chakras) are responsible for survival and a sense of Self. The fourth chakra, the heart center, is where the transformation from the inner world to the universal reality occurs. The three remaining chakras (throat, third eye, and crown) are universal centers responsible for profound insight and wholeness.

Energy Healing With the Chakra System

When our energy centers are balanced, the energy from the universal life force flows freely through our chakras starting at the root and moving through each chakra to reach the crown.

What Happens When a Chakra Becomes Unbalanced?

Chakras become unbalanced when the energy flowing through them becomes overly erratic, too slow, or stagnant. (2.)

Should blockage occur in one chakra, then energy cannot flow freely throughout the system, and the neighboring chakras become compromised. This can lead to misalignments in our physical as well as emotional well-being. 

Understanding how the chakra system works aids us in realising when one of our chakras are out of balance and helps us in finding a way to bring homeostasis to our whole health.

The Role of the Second Chakra

Svadhisthana means one’s own abode in Sanskrit. As its name implies, the second chakra expresses the Self through emotions, willpower, creative expression, and sexuality. Through it, we connect with our innermost Divine Self.

Location of the Second Chakra

Located approximately 3 inches below your navel in the center of your stomach and from the back, it is at the lumbar vertebrae. It is from this point that we cultivate physical balance and centering. 

The sacral chakra is not merely a place of physical centering, but also a place of emotional center of gravity. A place where we can find emotional balance and come into our center. 

The physical organs, nerves and systems associated with this chakra are:

  • Testes/ovaries
  • Reproductive organs for women
  • Lymphatic system
  • Bladder and kidneys
  • Pelvis
  • Large intestine
  • Hypogastric plexus nerve 

What Happens When We Connect With our Sacral Chakra?

The sacral chakra governs sexuality and desire. It is through the sexual aspect of the sacral chakra that we learn we have the power to create love, ecstasy, and life

By connecting to our svadhisthana chakra, we come to understand our reactions to our inner and outer worlds (2.) The more we work with our sacral chakra, the stronger our sense of Self-worth becomes. When we discover the Divine Feminine within, we see the God and Goddess in everyone else.

By balancing our sacral center, the individual aspect of our personality merges with the Divine Spirit creating perfect synergy and wellness

Sacred Sexuality Today

In many ancient cultures, sexuality was acknowledged as sacred. The Taoists believed that life-force and sacred sexual energy were one and the same. (3.) 

Sex was not perceived as merely a physical act, but a Divine ritual. Sexuality was a part of self-expression, and the act of sex was perceived as a way to connect with and raise one’s consciousness

Today, sexual energy is deeply misunderstood and abused. It is purely an act of physical gratification and reproduction, and holds little to no regard for spiritual insight. 

It is no surprise, then, that sacral chakra blockages are associated with social conditioning inhibiting our sexual self. And yet, for most, the orgasm is the closest they will come to spiritual bliss and awakening.  

What Does a Healthy Sacral Chakra Look Like?

When energy flows freely through the sacral chakra, one will experience: 

  • Pleasure of the senses
  • A connection with intimacy 
  • Allowing flow of emotion
  • A positive self-image
  • Confidence and healthy self-esteem
  • Ability to develop and tap into creative energy
  • Sacred sensuality and sexuality

What Does an Unbalanced Sacral Chakra Look Like?

When energy flow is restricted in the sacral chakra, one will experience:

  • A sense of inadequacy 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Frigidity/sexual inhibition 
  • Addictive behavior 
  • Fear of emotions
  • Lacking confidence
  • Overly-sensitive 

Physical Symptoms of a Blocked Sacral Chakra

  • Gynecological issues
  • Fertility problems
  • Sexual dysfunction (including premature ejaculation, inability to orgasm) 
  • Low libido
  • Cancer
  • Irregular/painful periods
  • Pregnancy problems

What Causes a Sacral Chakra Imbalance?

The biggest lesson of svadhisthana is to embrace its feminine energy and realise our own beauty. Once we embrace the beauty within ourselves, we see it in the world around us. It is, then, much easier to nurture and heal ourselves and others. 

Whether it’s because we are physically restricted in the pelvis or because of our upbringing, the reason for blockage isn’t of major importance. What is of significant importance is what we’re going to do about it. 

Childhood Development and the Sacral Chakra

From 6 months – 2.5 years of age, we are in the sacral chakra stage developing our body awareness, our feelings, and creative responses to the outside world. If this period is one of nurture and having our feelings validated, we are more likely to have a well-balanced sacral chakra

Sadly, for most this period isn’t a smooth one. Directly or indirectly, we learn certain feelings are not tolerable and begin to suppress feelings which lead to blockages. 

6 Ways to Heal Your Sacral Chakra

Eating healthily and exercising regularly will most certainly be of great benefit; but, one can also incorporate sacral chakra healing exercises which will bring/maintain balance. (5.) 

1. Kundalini 

Kundalini is a source of life force. It is the energy/consciousness which lies dormant at the base of the spine since birth. (6.) The aim of life is to uncoil the Kundalini and have it (our consciousness) rise up from the pelvis, into the abdomen, heart, and crown. Kundalini becomes aware of itself when we tap into the sacral chakra.

  • Vajroli mudra (contraction of the genitals)
  • Ashvini mudra (contraction of the anus)
  • Adi Shakti mantra (mantra of the Divine Mother)
  • Sat Narayan Wahe Guru (mantra for inner-peace)

2. Meditation

There are various meditation practices to choose from when balancing the sacral chakra. The main point is to focus on the color orange in the genital and lower abdominal region

  • Meditations paying homage to the Goddess within (for both men and women)
  • Meditations paying salute to specific feminine deity (Shakti, Varuna, or Tauret)
  • Practice the yoni mudra during meditation
  • Moon-themed meditations
  • Elements of water-themed meditations
  • Yoga Nidra

3. Aromatherapy 

Essential oils have a direct impact on the body by traveling from the olfactory nerves to the brain and reaching the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. 

If you want to balance your sacral chakra go for the following oils: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Mandarin, Orange, Rose, Grapefruit, and Ylang-ylang. 

4. Healing rocks

Crystals, stones and gemstones hold strong healing properties due to their particular energy frequency which arise from their molecular composition. Because they vibrate at the same frequency as humans, their healing abilities are said to be quite strong. (7.)

Amber, Camelian, Citrine, Orange Calcite, and Coral are all healing for the sacral chakra. 

Incorporate them as part of your wardrobe by wearing them as jewelry, use them during meditation as part of crystal healing, or introduce yoni eggs in your sacral chakra practice.

5. Sacral Chakra Asanas (yoga poses)

Hip opening poses are ideal for sacral chakra balancing. Yoga practise should be slow and flowing, rather than fast and challenging. (8.)

  • Upavistha Konsasna (Open Angle Pose)
  • Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
  • Malasana (Garland Pose)
  • Anjayenasana (Low Lunge Pose)
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
  • Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose)

6. Food

All food has its own life force and vibration. We can strengthen a chakra by eating the foods associated with it, provided we don’t go to extremes. Generally, orange-colored foods such as salmon, sweet potatoes, yam, turmeric, papaya, mango, and pumpkin are energizing for the sacral chakra. 

The Final Word on Sacral Chakra

Human beings are a part of a greater multiverse – we are all connected through this universal consciousness. We are the microcosm within the macrocosm – all the same, yet uniquely distinct. 

Transformation can only occur when we merge all the human dimensions: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Chakras hold the key to removing the veil from physical illusion to God-realisation. 

We each have a particular task to carry out in this life. It may be to raise the next generation, to create, to heal, to communicate – whatever your task is, you have been bestowed with a gift from the universe to help you fulfill that task. As Mark Twain said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” 

By balancing our sacral chakra we take a leap towards discovering our real gift and reaching inner wisdom.  

Irena is a writer and yoga teacher well-versed in all-things yoga such as yoga therapy and yin yoga. She believes in the positive effects of meditation, yoga, and spirituality
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