Svadhisthana: the second chakra
July 09, 2015
- Meaning: svad - sweet; sthana - your own home
- Locate Us: area of the sacrum and lower abdomen
- Element: water, liquid matter
- Color: Orange
- Symbolism: flexibility, fluency, change, adaptation
- Mantra: VAM
- developmental age: six months to two years
- Sense: taste
- Body parts: kidneys, intestines, bladder, reproductive organs
- Positive emotions: sensitivity, idealism
- Negative emotions: guilt, reproaches, lust, manipulation, betrayal, jealousy
- Main physiology activityl: playback
In a previous post on our blog, we talked about the seven chakras of the subtle body, their meaning and location. Svadhisthana is the second chakra. Located in the area of the sacrum and lower abdomen, it is related to our creative instincts and sexual impulses. It is associated with the moon, emotions and bodily fluids.
If your energy is balanced and flows well, you will feel that the events of your life are taking place in harmony and you have the ability to accept changes and adapt to them. You will also notice that you have vitality, sensitivity, creativity and physical and sexual attractiveness.
But the energy of the second chakra can be unbalanced. When it is due to excess, one tends to feel confused in his sexuality; to find that nothing in life is good enough; to manipulate others sexually or emotionally; to have addiction to sex, pornography or pleasure in general. If it is by default, you can be an extremely introverted person with a tendency to depression; lack physical flexibility and possess a rigid character; refusing pleasure and being afraid of sex; or fear any change and not be able to take initiatives.
This imbalance can be due to many reasons.: having to assume an adult sexual role at a very young age; emotional or sexual abuse; or having been a victim of rejection, manipulation or abandonment, especially as a child.
To balance the Svadhisthana or second chakra, we recommend:
Asana: postures such as Baddhakonasana (The Butterfly), Malasana (The Garland), Janu Sirsasana (Forehead to Knee Pose) or Matsyasana (The Fish). In general, forward bends and hip-opening postures or those in which the lower abdominal area is stretched stimulate the Svadhisthana chakra.
Pranayama: Lie on your back, relax your body and place your hands on your lower abdomen. Inhale into this area and exhale from it as well, concentrating on feeling the "waves of air" happening in your abdomen.
Meditation: sit in a comfortable meditation posture. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and consciously through your nose. Imagine that your mind is a lake and someone drops a diamond into its waters. Allow your breath to become more and more subtle, as if you don't want to create ripples on the surface of the lake, and focus on seeing the diamond at the bottom of the water. When thoughts arise, invite them to dissolve with an exhalation and bring your attention back to the diamond. As your mind calms down, you will feel greater peace in the depths of your being.
Affirmations: Sit in a meditative posture and repeat internally: "I accept the positive changes in my life." Or: "I abandon myself to the flow of divine energy." Or also: “The success of my friends makes me happy”.
Others: a hot bath with sea salt and essential oils of clary sage, cypress, frankincense, marjoram and patchouli; belly dance.
If you're more curious, YogaYe.com you can find the following books on the chakra system: THE BIBLE OF THE CHAKRAS y THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE CHAKRAS. Remember that you can also take a look at them in our physical store at Woki Organic Market Asturies street, 22 in Barcelona.