The Sacral Chakra
Swadhistana Chakra 2, the energy of cohesion, is a force that pulls together and unites. The Sacral Chakra emits a flowing energy that allows for flexibility, adaptability and change. Also known as the “Pleasure” Chakra, it is the center of vitality where we move beyond our basic needs into relationships with others.
Swadhistana Chakra 2 Meaning
The Sanskrit name of the Swadhistana Chakra 2 is Apas, which means “water.” In Hindu philosophy, Apas is one of the five tattvas that represent truth or reality. It can be felt just below the navel, although this energy is present on the atomic level everywhere in our body. You can visualize the flowing or “cohesive” nature of the Sacral Chakra represented in the way that atoms share their electrons. At the molecular level it creates bonds between atoms that create all matter. In relation to the universe, the force of Swadhistana creates the flowing orbit of the moon around the planets and the planets around the sun.
ELEMENT = Water
The water element is the second elemental force in material creation. Everything fluid in nature is constantly in motion. The way that water molecules stick together is a direct result of the attracting energy of the second chakra. The energy of Swadhistana Chakra 2 flows like the ebb and tide of the ocean in it’s perpetual dance from shore to shore.
Chakra 2 Balance & Flow
When the energy in the Sacral Chakra is flowing and balanced, one has stable energy, alertness, unblocked emotions and is connected to the five senses. We are open minded and go with the flow of life. In social situations, we feel confident and appreciative of others. When the energy of Chakra 2 is in alignment, we are nurturing and sensitive while comfortable with our own sensuality and sexuality.
- Good social skills
Chakra 2 Imbalances
If the “Pleasure Chakra” is imbalanced, one feels repression and disconnected. Therefore, we compensate by over-indulging in sensory pleasures like eating, entertainment and gossip. Thus, we may find ourselves sexually over-active or have compulsive behavior. A person with an imbalance in the Sacral Chakra is overly social and can not spend time alone. They have a strong need to always be around people and thrive by feeding off other people’s energy & reactions. Likewise, emotional dependence and “co-dependence” go hand in hand with Chakra 2 issues. When the energy is stuck or misaligned, a person will often create drama or become crisis-orientated in order to get attention. Also, severe disruptions in the energy flow of the Sacral Chakra can cause addictive behavior to stimulants, alcohol, drugs or adrenaline.
- Lacking practicality
- Overly influenced
Chakra 2 Weakness
A deficiency of energy or weakness in the Sacral Chakra will cause people to feel very still and rigid on a muscular level. They find themselves unable to go with the flow of life and lack the ability to adapt to change. The depleted energy in Chakra 2 will make you feel emotionally cold, impersonal and socially unable to relate to others. Typically, one suffers low self-esteem, insecurity and may be socially withdrawn. The lack of energy in the Sacral Chakra will cause procrastination, a lack of passion and trouble expressing one’s feelings.
Planes of Existence
The Swadhistana Chakra 2 is the second elemental force, the elastic bond that holds everything in the universe together. It is the nurturing power that brings life to matter by uniting the building blocks of the first chakra into working combinations that are moldable, variable and forever evolving into new life forms. Just as atoms share elections (some of their energy) when they come together, so do people share energy when they come into relationship with one another.
Chakra 2 Healing Stones
- Carnelian (orange)
- Citrine (golden & yellow)
- Tiger’s Eye (golden brown)
- Spessartine Garnet (orange)
Swadhistana Healing Colors
The color of the Sacral Chakra is orange. If you have a craving for orange accent colors in your home decor, jewelry, accessories, clothing or even your car- then your Sacral Chakra is probably out of balance. This means that you need more grounding in your life because you crave the orange color reflective of the Sacral Chakra. Seeing this color gives you a sense of being fluidity, whether you realize it or not. Listen to your cravings in life for the subtle things that your senses bring to your awareness like colors, smells, and food cravings. On the flip side, if you have a strong aversion to the color orange then you most likely have an overabundance of energy in this chakra.
Physiological Connections to the Sacral Chakra
- Adrenal Glands
- Sacrum / Lumbar Spine
- Small & Large Intestine
- Lymphatic System
Healing Essential Oils for Chakra 2
- Orange (certified organic)
Chakra 2 “The Crescent Moon”
The Swadhistana Chakra 2 does not have energy of its own, just as its symbol, the crescent moon, has no light of its own. Both the energy and the light are reflected from somewhere else. This fact must be kept in mind when considering the characteristics of this chakra; for instance a person with a strong or open second chakra is only a reflection of the social situation that person is immersed in.
The energy of Swadhistana Chakra 2 shows itself in our social development influencing all our relations and interactions. Its attractive and covalent power is evident in the way we pull in the people we need to have in our lives. This is also witnessed in our ability to learn certain things from a wide variety of people and put this information into our own mental structure. When this energy is flowing, we gather pieces of information from others and put them together into our own picture. In the flow, this energy leads to an unfolding of many social skills that develop without effort.
The symbol of the crescent moon represents the way in which this center reflects part of the light of the sun. In the social world people often reflect each other’s energy. Like two atoms coming together and sharing an election, in relationships people share energy in various ways. We motivate and inspire each other at times, bouncing ideas off each other. The motivator is often using energy from the third chakra, while the recipient will reflect that same energy back with vibrations added from their second chakra.
Chakra 2 “Truth & Reality”
Another important point is how Chakra 2 may also be reflecting various perspectives. The knowledge coming through these reflections may or may not be universal truths. The moon has no light of its own; it can only reflect light from the sun. This principle applies to us in the social world, where we so often talk about “truths” and “realities” that we know, not from our own experience, but have heard or read. Second-hand information that we reflect in our social life is like the reflections from the moon. The Swadhistana Chakra, in a sense, is almost not ours but rather the reflection of all the thoughts and feelings that have been passed onto us.
As with a crescent moon, you only see part of the whole. You cannot see the motivation of others, nor the influence of the subconscious mind, which reflects the social influences running below the surface of our conscious mind. Also to be considered, like the “dark side of the moon” represented here, is the dark side of people’s minds. These unseen portions of the psyche are so often the unwanted aspects of their minds and memories. A lifetime storehouse of conditioning, memories, traumas, unresolved conflicts, fears and unfulfilled expectations which may have been swept under the carpet for many years.
Chakra 2 Insights
The aspect of this chakra we need to be aware of is the communication that goes on here at the psychic level. Usually below the perception of the conscious mind, there is transference of energy and information which then filters in slowly through our subconscious mind. This refers to a vast amount of empathy and telepathy that is ongoing at this level of the second chakra vortex. In Western culture, telepathic abilities fall into the realm of superstition or the bizarre. In the yogic view these methods of communication are as obvious as thought itself.
Swadhistana is a feminine, sensitive and receptive chakra that is constantly feeling and reading other people’s vibrations. It can facilitate our knowledge of others considerably, if we are aware, or else it can lead to feelings of confusion in social circles, and a sense of being overwhelmed by other people’s energies, if we are not aware.
If you feel that Chakra 2 is out of balance and you don’t know where to start, we offer both in-person and distance healing sessions for Reiki Healing, Chakra Balancing, Aura & Karmic Cleansing.
Yoga Poses for Chakra 2
Here we have listed specific yoga poses that will help to release negative energy patterns in the Swadhistana Chakra. This chakra needs freedom and movement to maintain balance. Therefore, as a rule of thumb, any forward bending pose (standing or seated) along with forward bends with twists will help energetic blockages in this chakra. In addition, flowing asanas such as the sun salutation sequences Namaskar A & B will mimic the flow or dance-like quality of the Swadhistana Chakra.
- Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
- Cobra Pose
- Anatasana (Sleeping Vishnu’s Pose)
- Revolved Triangle Pose
- Lion Pose
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Twist)
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
- Parighasana (Gate Pose)
- Parva Akasana (Crow Pose)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Micah Lyn is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner HHP, Intuitive Healer and E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and KRI. She offers a variety of private yoga classes in Sedona AZ, yoga therapy and intuitive healing services at Pachamama Yoga ✨ Sedona Healing Center. Visit the YTT Programs & Workshops page to see upcoming Online & Hands-on Intensive Yoga Teacher Training, Virtual Online Yoga Workshops & Transformational Yoga Retreats featured worldwide.
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