The sacral chakra is the key to awakening your inner artist. It is the second of your seven chakras along your spine.
With this second chakra, otherwise known as Svadhisthana, you will find the center of your creative, emotional, and sexual energy.
It is why Svadhisthana is literally translated to “one’s own abode.”
With this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the sacral chakra and how you can balance it.
We’ll also help you understand where it is, what will happen if it’s imbalanced, and what mantras you should learn to help keep it balanced.
Characteristics Of Svadhisthana
When you’re a child, your sacral chakra will develop as you learn to walk and talk. After all, Svadhisthana is the energy that governs your emotional energy.
It governs the pleasure you feel, the movements you make, and your creativity. As you grow older, it is also deeply entrenched in your sexuality.
Svadhisthana is linked to your independence. As a child, you separate from your parents and gain more independence.
It is directly linked to your emotional identity, so the growth of your second chakra will allow you to let go and flourish with your changing emotions.
When you think of the sacral chakra, you will find it is deemed feminine and has a lunar nature. After all, the moon is why the tides change, and like the moon, the sacral chakra causes your emotions to develop.
Where Is Your Sacral Chakra Located?
Suppose you need to envision where your sacral chakra is located. In that case, you only need to look three inches below your belly button.
It is located by your reproductive organs and corresponds to the nerve ganglion: the sacral plexus.
The sacral plexus includes several of your organs, including:
Unlike your root chakra, your sacral chakra is tied to the element of water. It, therefore, represents the fluidity of movement and change.
If you imagine it as a flower, consider it the six-petaled lotus.
What Happens When Your Sacral Chakra Is Imbalanced
You may find that when your sacral chakra is imbalanced, you will struggle with your emotions. If you’re struggling with symptoms of depression or you are afraid of change, it may be due to an imbalance of your sacral chakra.
As Svadhisthana is linked to your sexuality, when it isn’t balanced, you might notice some issues with sexual dysfunction. However, these are only some signs. There are also other signs to watch out for.
If your sacral chakra is not aligned, you may choose other methods to find pleasure. This could lead to addictions to food, gambling, or shopping.
You may also be lethargic or find your social skills are lacking. You may be struggling if you are detached, overthinking, or hypersensitive to your emotions.
However, you may also find the opposite, as you may be emotionally numb or lack any desire. Likewise, you may have an issue with sexually acting out and becoming more impulsive or vice-versa.
Naturally, these can lead to relationship issues, so you must know ways to balance your Svadhisthana.
How To Balance Your Sacral Chakra
If you want to balance your sacral chakra, you should participate in relaxing and fun activities involving water. Swimming and hot baths can do wonders for your chakra.
You should also work on creative endeavors such as art or playing musical instruments. You must look at life with humor and surround yourself with positive people. These are all essential to help you balance your sacral chakra.
Of course, there are also specialized activities that can help you. For example, lunar breathing is when you breathe through your left nostril. This is also known as Ida Nadi, and it will stimulate your lunar energy.
To do this, close your right nostril with your first two fingers on your right hand. Then, breathe in and out through your left nostril for up to eight or ten breaths.
Lower back massages can also help, with sandalwood oil being the best choice for sacral chakra. It will allow you to encourage a healthy idea of self-acceptance.
However, Wild Orange oils inspire your creativity and playful nature, while neroli and ylang ylang will help when you’re stressed.
Should you want exercise, we’ve already said dancing can help, but don’t forget other activities. Walking and even skiing can help you when you need to get your hips moving.
Svadhisthana is incredibly sensual, so moving your hips will help you engage.
We also recommend these yoga poses:
- Hip Circles
- Pelvic Tilts
- Reverse Warrior
For dietary help, consider eating orange-colored foods. Carrots, oranges, peppers, and other citrus fruits are perfect for connecting.
You can also have ginger with your tea, which will warm and stimulate your chakras.
Affirmations And Mantras To Keep You Balanced
When you’re looking for any affirmations or positive statements to help reinforce your beliefs when you’re anxious or depressed. These are some of our favorites:
- My emotions flow freely and balanced.
- My birthright is to receive and experience pleasure.
- I am radiant. I am beautiful. I am creative, and I enjoy a passionate and healthy life.
- I both celebrate and embrace my sexuality.
If you do these regularly, you’ll find more balance in your sacral chakra, allowing you to heal.
We hope that with the help of this guide, you will better understand your sacral chakra.
Svadhisthana is one of the most essential chakras to ensure yourself a creative and passionate life.
If you know how to balance it, you will find joy will come to you easier, and your creative energies and relationships will flourish.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re ashamed of your sexuality or you’re struggling with expressing your creativity, you may notice an imbalance in your sacral chakra.
You should eat decadent meals, enjoy a hot bath, have a massage, or dance.