Each Chakra is directly linked to your mental, physical and spiritual attributes. By understanding each Chakra and how to keep the energy flowing freely, you can achieve harmony within yourself.
Located above the pubic bone and below the navel, the Sacral Chakra, also called the Relationship Chakra and Svadhisthana (Hindu), helps us express yourself through creativity, be in touch with our feelings and emotions, experience the moment and sense changes in your body.
Sacral Chakra Information:
- Color: orange
- Element: water
- Sound: D/Ohm
- Identity: emotional
- Sense: taste
- Body functions: movement and connection
- Organs: womb, genitals, kidney, bladder, stomach, large intestine, appendix
- Developmental stage: 6 months – 2 years
- Incense: sandalwood, cinnamon and gardenia
- Herb: fennel, coriander, sweet paprika, cinnamon
Why Is a Balanced Sacral Chakra Important?
When the Sacral Chakra is in balance, you feel generous and giving, able to express yourself through creativity and experience pleasure. You feel your connection with the world around you, have energy and a zest for life as well as nurture yourself and have healthy boundaries. Living your authentic self with confidence is your motto!
How Do I Know If My Sacral Chakra Is Out of Balance?
Your Sacral Chakra can be under- or overactive, which causes it to be out of balance. Review the lists below to see if your Sacral Chakra is imbalanced:
Underactive Sacral Chakra:
- Poor social skills
- Guarded (trust issues)
- Low or no libido
- Lazy, feeling sluggish
- Denial of pleasure
- Lack of creativity
Overactive Sacral Chakra:
- Compulsive behaviors
- Overly emotional
- Excessive sex drive
- Muscle tension and abdominal cramps
- Emotional dependency (needy)
- Menstrual difficulties
- Lack of flexibility
- Disorders of reproductive organs
- Problems with urinary system including bladder, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder
- Sexual dysfunction
- Deadened senses
- Fertility issues
How Do I Balance (Open) My Sacral Chakra?
The following techniques help open, unblock and balance your Sacral Chakra. You can do one or more of these techniques to bring the Chakra back into balance. Experiment with each to see which techniques work best for you.
- As you inhale through your left nostril only by using two fingers on your right hand to close the right nostril. Breathe in from your belly and exhale slowly for 8 to 10 breaths.
- Swimming, wading, being near water and/or listening to water
- Yoga poses – dancer, child, twisting triangle
Meditation: As you meditate, visualize yourself on a beach listening to the water and enjoying a beautiful red orange sunset. Imagine the fiery rays emanating from within the blazing sun moving in a circular motion towards your sacral chakra. Once the rays reach your pelvic area, imagine them swirling and energizing your sacred area. Allow this cleansing orange energy to radiate throughout your lower abdomen, and into your genitals, lower back and sacrum. Learn more here.
Chanting/Tonal Sounds: The sound vibrations help the cells work together in harmony, and the Sacral Chakra harmonizes with the D note. The mantra sound for the Sacral Chakra is VAM – see this video. These techniques can be incorporated into your meditation.
Gemstones: Lie down and place gemstones on the area of the Sacral Chakra for 15 minutes to help realign the Chakra – Ruby and Carnelian for underactive Sacral Chakra, and Chrysocolla; Jade and Clear Quartz when the Sacral Chakra is overactive. Women can also use Moonstone. You can use one or many types of gemstones during this process.
Aromas, Herbs and Essential Oils: Black pepper, cinnamon, cypress, rose, ylang-ylang, clary sage, tangerine and orange can be sniffed, diffused or applied to your skin (dilute when necessary) daily. You can also burn cedar incense or sage.
Color Therapy: Focus on a lit orange candle, wear orange cloths and paint your finger and/or toe nails orange to activate your Sacral Chakra energy.
Food: Eat orange food like oranges, tangerines, mandarins, passion fruit, sweet potatoes and carrots. Other foods to eat include melons, mangos, coconuts, strawberries, honey, sunflower seeds and almonds.