The human body has a subtle energy system with hundreds of locations containing focused and concentrated energy. However, there are seven major energy centers, which represent one of the most foundational subtle energy systems called the chakras. Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy located within the etheric body running from the pubic area all the way up the torso into the crown of our head. We receive, transmit and process life energies through the chakras and each one is recognized as a focal point for life-force relating to spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional energies.
Swadhisthana – Sacral Chakra
The second chakra is called Sacral or Spleen Chakra – Swadhisthana Chakra. Located in the middle of the abdomen right below the naval, it is associated with self-respect and represents your very essence, the defining ‘you-ness’ that makes you unique. It relates to your experience with intimate relationships and sexuality and is connected to the sensation of pleasure.
The Sanskrit name - Swadhisthana – means ‘one’s own abode’ and is said to be the foundation of individual human existence. Usually associated with the subconscious mind, which houses our karmas (actions or deeds) and samskaras (mental impressions), it symbolizes the unconscious dimension of our personality.
When the Sacral Chakra is balanced and open we are fully able to express and feel our emotions, we feel at home and comfortable in our body and are freely expressing our sexuality. We have beautiful intimate relationships and are able to explore our sexuality.
Is Your Sacral Chakra Open?
Answer the following questions:
- Are you holding back?
- Are you feeling withdrawn?
- Do you think love equals pain?
- Do you struggle with intimate relationships?
- Do you have a hard time connecting or sharing your body?
- Are you waiting on a response from someone else?
- Do you give yourself the freedom to be yourself?
- Are you tied to someone else’s boundaries?
When the Sacral Chakra is weak or closed you may feel like intimate relationships are full of pain and struggle and you can’t get intimate or connect sexually. You may experience a tendency for self-destruction and self-abuse and are turning inward, shutting yourself down emotionally and closing yourself off to the world around you.
The Sacral Chakra is our pleasure center and provides enjoyable sensations. Healing this Chakra requires for you to really pursue happiness and indulge in those things that bring you pleasure without feeling guilty or ashamed.
One of the unique aspects of our Nak’d Flow Yoga let you play with Asanas (yoga poses), Bhandas (energy locks), Pranayama (breath work) and Chakras (energy systems).
There are many ways to control or balance the energy that goes through the Sacral Chakra:
Start a creative project.
Write down your thoughts and feelings.
Practice Yoga to awaken the Sacral Chakra (especially the following poses are useful: Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclined Bound Angle Pose; Dhanurasana – Bow Pose; and Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose).
Practice Mudras, a symbolic or ritual hand gesture. For men, the Vajroli Mudra (Thunderbolt Mudra) stimulates the genitals with prana activated blood).
Use scent, color and positive affirmations like ‘I am comfortable in my own skin’, I am comfortable receiving love’, ‘I am open to the truth of who I am as a man’, ‘I am creating beautiful intimate relationships’ to connect to feel at peace with the nature of who you are in your sexual expression.
Location: In the Sacrum, between the naval and the genitals
Rules: Sexuality, Emotional Balance
Astrological sign: Cancer
Glands/Organs: Prostate, Spleen, Testicles, Skin, Kidney
Aspect of intelligence: Exploration, Creativity, Experimenting
Crystals: Garnet, Carnelian, Coral, Amber
Mythological Animal: Crocodile of Varuna
Scent: Clary Sage, Jasmin, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Sandlewood
Sex is emotion in motion. ~Mae West