If you’ve lost touch with your sensuality, feel lacking in creativity or just feel like you can’t live out your passions, then it might be time to tickle the fancy of the second (also known as sacral or sexual) chakra.
If you missed my pocket guide to our rainbow of seven chakras, you might like to start with the overview before jumping straight into sex!
Next I looked at how we need to feel grounded in our first (also known as root) chakra if we are to keep our energy flowing and move on from our basic concerns about safety and survival towards the ultimate bliss of enlightenment (let alone sexual pleasure).
So if you’re feeling secure, it’s time to get all touchy feely, by talking about the second chakra, or Svadisthana in Sanskrit (meaning sweetness or in another definition ‘one’s own place’, an analogy for a sweet spot).
Since we’re on the topic of sex, I may as well be upfront and say that I have had serious issues with my second chakra.
Physically, I wonder if my infertility and pregnancy loss experience was a manifestation of a weakness or blockage in the second chakra, which governs not just pleasure and sexuality but our ability to create, and our underlying sense of self-worth. Conception and birth is the ultimate expression of creative love.
We need to feel free to own our desires and to express our emotions, but our society often frowns on feelings in favour of rationality. This suppresses our innate creativity that draws its energy from our second chakra – everything we create, whether it be a painting, poem, recipe, room design or new concept is fuelled by the creative energy of the second chakra.
Our society also burdens us with a lot of sexual conditioning and damage caused by sexism, not to mention the collective history of sexual abuse – this can impact our individual second chakra energy. (I don’t think the whole Irish Catholic sexual guilt/plain ol’ guilt legacy helped me much).
When we have the energy and passion to create with a depth of feeling, to feel joy and pleasure in our passions, alive in our bodies, and open and intimate in our relationships then we have a healthy sacral chakra.
Physically, the second chakra is located as a band of energy about 2cm below the belly button and wrapping around our hips and sacral (lower) spine. It is associated with our reproductive organs, hips, pelvis, lower back, kidneys and bladder.
As the rainbow goes, the second chakra is associated with the colour orange (incidentally I hardly ever wear orange, but suspect many of us don’t wear this vibrant colour often).
But check out my new yoga gear – sunset bright! And this (slightly embarrassing) photo in ‘frog pose’ – an intense hip-opening posture – perfect for unlocking sacral chakra energy.
The second chakra is also associated with all watery things – from tears to menstruation, urination and orgasm. Water wants to flow, and a healthy second chakra supports not only our bodily flow functions but our creative juices and our overall sense of being able to ‘go with the flow’ in life and relationships – how open we are to loving and being loved.
If you have tight hips, chances are trapped emotions are to blame – ‘the issues are in the tissues’ as they say, and the hips can hold a lot of that tension. Open those hips girl!
The energy of the second chakra is soft, feminine and inward facing, yet still powerful (just as water is powerful, even while it is yielding). We have to allow and surrender to open our hips and unlock the energy of our sacral chakra, just as we can’t force creativity, intimacy or genuine feelings.
I love this description from Yoga Journal.
As we allow ourselves to accept what is, we taste the sweetness (and bittersweetness) of life. When we relax our resistance to life, our hips let go, our reproductive organs become less tense, and we’re open to experiencing our sensuality and sexuality.
I thought I’d also share a few second chakra affirmations from this site, which has more.
I feel passionate.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
Hope you can get your sexy, creative, soulful juices flowing for creativity, intimacy and all the good stuff. Linking up with Grace for another FYBF and with Sonia, Bron, Kelly and Sonia for a Weekend Rewind.
Hope you enjoy these chakra posts – please feel free to ask any questions.