What’s round, orange and sacred?By Linda Emslie on 17 March 2017
The Sacral Chakra, located roughly midway between the pubic bone and the belly button, resonates at the colour orange. It is the luscious centre of connection, creativity and sexuality.
Svadhisthana is your “dwelling place” or “one’s own place” and as such is a sacred space. The second chakra correlates to the phase of development we experience moving from baby to toddlerhood. That is, this is the time in our life where we first experience separation and become familiar with the idea of duality: I am me, separate from you, my parents. It is also in this place that we explore our world through the senses and delve into the watery, fluid and uncertain realm of emotions.
As we grow from the lessons of the Root Chakra to those of the Sacral Chakra our focus shifts from “what do I need” to “what do I want”. Rising from the stable grounding of Mulhadara into the fluidity of the Svadhisthana provides opportunity for consciousness development by seeking balance within this centre in three significant ways:
- Self-identity: we now view our world, ourselves and our connections through the lenses of duality: me and other.
- Connectedness: developing balanced and meaningful intimate relationships that nurture others as well as self.
- Pleasure: working with the good and the bad in equal measure so that our character and outlook are not guided by pleasure alone.
On the physical level, the Sacral Chakra governs the pelvic girdle as well as organs of the reproductive system. Imbalance in this centre can manifest as:
- Instability in the pelvis
- Lumbosacral pain or dysfunction
- Issues with the reproductive organs
From a mental-emotional standpoint, Sacral Chakra imbalances can surface as:
- Intimacy issues
- Relationships based on
- oneed rather than want;
- ocompetition rather than cooperation; or
- ojudgement rather than compassion.
- Disconnection with our physical senses that can lead a sense of numbness or a lack of joy and fulfilment
According to Anodea Judith, Guilt is the “demon” of this chakra. That means that our misplaced feelings of guilt regarding our “wants”, “pleasures” and “feelings” can literally drive the joy out of living.
“Guilt can ruin any activity by keeping us from enjoying what we’re doing and really being there while we’re doing it.”
Here are three action steps you can take to start addressing any imbalances in this centre.
- Where appropriate, introduce some gentle yoga- or Pilates-style exercises to mobilise and strengthen your hips, pelvis, legs and lower back.
- Spend time with the Sacral Chakra in meditation.
- Explore the areas of your life and relationships to determine where things are smooth and flowing and where they feel stuck, blocked or stagnant, then immerse yourself in water (either bathing or swimming) with the intention of cleansing, purifying and clearing the blocks.
 Anodea Judith is an American author who has written a number of books about the chakra system. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of Yoga and Psychology to the interpretation of the chakra system for our Western lifestyle.