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The Chakra System 

It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.

In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.

Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.

Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.

In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the sacral chakra.

The Sacral Chakra “Swadhisthana” 

Color: Orange

Location: 2 inches below the naval

Mantra/sound: VAM

Element: Water

Animal: Water dwelling animals such as the Alligator

Representation: The sacral chakra represents our emotions, sensuality, creativity and our expression of sexuality.

Signs of Imbalance 

There are different ways to tell if your solar plexus chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is underactive overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues. 

Symptoms of Imbalance 

When your sacral chakra is under-active, you may experience a lack in sexual desire or satisfaction. You may get a feeling of being numb, stiff and unemotional. You may feel out of touch with how you feel and may not be open with people.

When your sacral chakra is overactive, you may be overly sexual or have a sexual obsession. You are ruled by your emotions and can be over emotional all the time.

Physical signs of imbalance can include urinary problems, sexual or reproductive issues, hip, pelvic and lower back pain. Emotional signs of imbalance would include lack of creativity, pleasure and sexual desire. You may feel betrayed by others, have addictions and don’t won’t to be alone.

When your sacral chakra is balanced, you are often open with your feelings, and they flow freely. Your emotions are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy, can be passionate and lively and have no problems with your sexuality. You may feel connected with others, have healthier relationships and be more creative.

Healing and Balancing the Sacral Chakra 

When you have realized your sacral chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active sacral chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your sacral chakra. 

Healing Stones or Crystals 

Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.

Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the sacral chakra.

• Amber
• Citrine
• Sunstones
• Carnelian
• Tiger’s eye
• Coral
• Moonstone
• Any orange gems or crystals 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.

When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your sacral chakra include the following.

• Bergamont
• Clary sage
• Geranium
• Jasmine
Orange
• Patchouli
• Rose
• Sandalwood
• Ylang ylang
• Cedarwood
• Ginger
• Neroli
• Rosemary
• Rosewood

When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your sacral chakra include the following. 

Food for the Sacral Chakra 

When trying to balance the sacral chakra, food is always there to help. By nourishing your body with the following foods- and others, you can help heal your sacral chakra. 

• Carrots
• Orange peppers
• Sweet potatoes
• Mangoes
• Oranges
• Peaches
• Flax seeds
• Walnuts
• Food rich in omega-3s such as salmon
• Eat foods with high water content
• Drink plenty of water 

Herbs for the Sacral Chakra 

• Coriander
• Fennel
• Licorice
• Cinnamon
• Vanilla
• Sesame, flax and caraway seeds 

Meditation

Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.

When meditating for your sacral chakra, envision an orange lotus or an orange crescent moon in your pelvic area. Visualize the orange lotus or crescent glowing, and the orange glow grows brighter and brighter with each inhale. Hold that image in your mind for 3-5 minutes while breathing deeply. Open your eyes slowly when you are ready, and sit for a few minutes before continuing your day.

Mudras

Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.

A mudra to use for your sacral chakra is called the Dhyani Mudra. It is performed by resting your hands in your lap one on top of another, palms facing up. Touch the tips of your thumbs gently together. Hold this position for a few minutes. 

Asanas

Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.

For the sacral chakra, an easy asana to perform is called the Warrior II pose or Virabhadrasana. Here are the steps to perform this asana.
Stand with your feet wide apart. Point your right foot to the top of the mat, and turn your left foot slightly inwards. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, reaching out from fingertip to fingertip. Bend your front knee to 90 degrees, making sure to keep your knee over your ankle.

Press back through the outer edge of your left foot. Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor, lengthening the space between your shoulder blades, broadening across your collarbones. Draw your tailbone slightly downwards and gaze out across your right middle finger. Hold for up to a minute. Repeat on the other side.

Positive Affirmations 

Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.

Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.

Positive affirmations for the sacral chakra would include some of the following phrases:

My emotions are balanced
• I feel complete peace from within
• I am a creative being
• My sexuality is vibrant
• I am comfortable in my body
• Relationships are a joy 

Music

Listening to music in the note of D or listening to nature sounds such as thunder can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the sacral chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the sacral chakra.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. Self Verve is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. Be sure to contact your physician before trying any of the items stated in the above article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. Self Verve does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same. 

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