If you follow modern-era esoterism, you have likely experienced a variety of philosophies about the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. From cleansing your aura to awakening kundalini, there are many ways to strengthen your mind-body connection in the pursuit of a peaceful, happy life.
One of the most accessible and fulfilling philosophies derives from Tantra’s chakra systems. The most common of these chakra followings uses a seven-chakra system to illuminate your body’s path to health and spirituality. The subtle body’s second energy while, the sacral chakra, is an important part of this seven-chakra balance. It is the root of your creativity, pleasure and self-confidence, and it affects your sexuality and sensuality.
The sacral chakra is also known by its Sanskrit name, Svadhishthana, “swa” meaning “one’s own” and “adhishthana” meaning “seat” or “abode”. Some followers translate it as “the dwelling place of the self.” Alternatively, “swad” in Sanskrit means to “take pleasure in”, which is also appropriate for this chakra. The sacral chakra’s other Tantra names are many, including adhisthana, Bhima, Shatpatra and Wari Chakra. In the Vedas, it’s referred to as Medhra.
The current-day New Age chakra energy centers, including the sacral chakra, are derivations of a 16th-century Sanskrit text. Earlier works that are actual Tantra scriptures use chakra systems that acknowledge a number of different chakra systems. What seems to remain constant over the centuries are chakras and metaphysical energy centers that are centered in the lower abdomen, like the sacral chakra, the heart, and the crown.
The sacral chakra is the center of your passion, desire, sexuality, and self-confidence. Located in the reproductive area just above the root chakra, Svadhishthana is the energy center for enjoyment, connection and intimacy.
Sacral Chakra Details
This second chakra is associated with the color orange and a six-petal lotus flower. Corresponding aromas for this chakra often draw from the chakra’s color and its floral symbol, using scents like tangerine and ylang-ylang to address the energy center.
This chakra corresponds to the water element and features associations with the physical body in the genitals, bladder, kidney, and womb.
Unsurprising given its location and energy relationships, the sacral chakra is associated with the sex and reproductive glands.
Sacral Chakra Balance and Imbalance
If you enjoy a well-balanced sacral chakra, you experience emotions fully and appropriately. You find pleasure in your body’s sensations, whether it’s the feel of sand crunching between your toes on the beach or a compassionate squeeze of your shoulder. You embrace your passion for creativity and transformation.
Similarly, an imbalanced Svadhishthana manifests in a variety of energy-blocking issues, both for over-stimulated sacral chakras and underactive sacral chakras. Here are some of those clues that your chakra may be imbalanced:
Overactive Sacral Chakra
If the energy center represented by your sacral chakra is too free-flowing and overactive, you may experience a number of issues, including:
- emotional mood swings
- excessive sexual urges or conversely, sexual disinterest
- lower back pain
- over attachment to people
- muscle tension
Underactive Sacral Chakra
If your sacral chakra is blocked to a normal energy flow or is sluggish, you might experience:
- a feeling of lethargy
- fear of pleasure or platonic or sexual relationships
- stymied creativity
- inability to connect with others
- a generally negative attitude about life, yourself and your goals
Tips for Balancing Your Sacral Chakra
Whether you’re attempting to balance all seven chakra energies or working on awakening kundalini, your sacral chakra’s equanimity is vital. Here are a few ways you can try to restore your chakra’s balance:
- Kundalini yoga and other yogic asanas can help to focus your attention on your sacral chakra. Cobra, butterfly, lotus and warrior poses are common asanas used to help your sacral energy flow and balance. Many people also find that putting carefully selected essential oils like our Sacral Chakra Oil blend in an aromatherapy burner while practicing these yoga poses can help to intensify the experience.
- Place select essential oils like orange, tangerine, neroli, and cardamom in a diffuser for a healing aromatherapy and meditation session. If you choose, use the mantra VAM; its vibrations are associated with opening and aligning sacral energy centres.
- Perfume an aromatherapy bracelet with these essential oils aromas to keep your sacral chakra top of mind throughout your day.
- If you find pleasure in using crystals or stones during your chakra, kundalini and aura balancing and cleansing; amber, orange calcite, clear crystal, and carnelian are the stones most often associated with the sacral chakra.