Svadhisthana: How To Balance The Sacral Chakra

This article describes how to balance Svadhisthana sacral chakra. A chakra is a focal point in the subtle body used in a variety of ancient meditation practices. Chakras have a direct impact on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of an individual.

Svadhisthana Chakra

Svadhisthana is the second chakra. The second chakra is located at above the public bone and below the navel and it includes the genital region and the hypogastric plexus. In Sanskrit, the word Svadhisthana is derived from two Sanskrit words, swa which means “one’s own” and adhisthana means “seat”.

This focal point is linked to your feelings of abundance, pleasure and wellness. Balancing the second chakra is important because it builds on the foundation of the root chakra to opening the other chakras above it. For this reason, you feel creatively expressive and joyful when the sacral chakra is balanced.

How to balance the sacral chakra

Imbalances in the Sacral Chakra

If there is an imbalance in the sacral chakra you may experience depression, sexual dysfunction, or emotional instability. Emotional manifestations of an imbalance in Svadhisthana may manifest as fear of change, or with issues with self-confidence. Also, mood swings may also be a sign of a sacral chakra imbalance.

If your energy is blocked in this chakra it is limiting the flow of energy in your body potentially impacting your creativity. In the most primal way, this creativity can be expressed sexually as procreation. However, there are many routes to self-expression, and creativity can be discovered through a variety of artistic disciplines. Frequently known approaches include drama, dance, music, creative writing and visual arts, including photography.

Do you remember making art when you were a child? Can you recall the smell of the crayons, and the feeling of the wet paint on fingers? Perhaps you remember the sense of pride and accomplishment you felt when telling a story, or when you wrote poetry or song lyrics, and drew cartoons or expressed our thoughts in a journal?

All these activities engross you in a process that uses a holistic framework to access physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. Children, adolescents, adults and the elderly can all participate in creative expression. In fact, the benefits of creative expression do not end at any particular age. Often, as people move into adulthood they are not given the opportunity to be artistic, losing the ability to express thoughts and feelings that are too big or too difficult to put into words. Using artistic disciplines as a means of self-expression, can be especially helpful for individuals with imbalances in the sacral chakra.

Creative expression can lead to a deeper level of understanding and self-discovery. Hence, art can be the expression of your most inner self, and the process can connect you to your authentic self.

Svadhisthana chakra


How to Balance Svadhisthana

When the sacral chakra is open, you feel a sense of happiness and abundance. A good way to open the sacral chakra is through practicing yoga, chanting mantras, visualizing colors and gem stones.  For example, practicing yoga asanas such as gomukhasana, baddha konasana, parivrtta trikonasana and paripurna navasana, help to open and align the sacral chakra.


Another way to open the Svadhisthana chakra is by using aromatherapy. Essential oils are a great way to awaken the senses, and aromatherapy using essential oils such as orange, bergamot or jasmine can help with balancing this chakra.


Alternatively, chanting is a good way to open the sacral chakra. Certain sounds create vibrations are conducive for cells to work in synchronization. The mantra that corresponds to Svadhisthana is the sound VAM.  Regardless of any meaning associated with the word VAM, the mantra is valued for the power created by its sound vibrations. The cleansing mantra is associated with sexuality, pleasure and creativity. If your energy is low, you suffer from emotional instability or fear of change, chant the mantra VAM to relieve repression issues. To do this, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and pronounce the sound VAM as you exhale. Repeat the mantra using your breath and notice a sense of calmness take over your body.


Another way to balance the chakras is by visualizing the color corresponding to chakra you want to open. For instance, to balance the sacral chakra visualize the color orange. As you sit in a comfortable position and chant the mantra VAM, visualize the color orange. This will help bring the sacral chakra into balance.

Finally, try placing colored gemstones near the area of the chakra while you practice the meditation described above.  Gemstones known balance the sacral chakra are Amber, Tiger’s Eye and Carnelian.


About Sense of Purpose

Sense of purpose is the motivation that drives you toward a satisfying future. Hence, your sense of purpose helps you get the most of life and it helps you achieve what matters most to you. Most importantly, it feeds intrinsic motivation and it creates meaning from life. Purpose is our driver. Certainly, purpose is a fundamental component of a fulfilling life. Our purpose is to help you find yours.

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