Updated: Dec 20, 2020
There are seven different major energy centers throughout the body known as chakras or spirit centers, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head through which this energy can flow in and out in a constant stream. These centers are the link between our energetic and physical bodies and the universal life force energy that connects us environmentally and spiritually.
Let’s have a look at this energy center’s basics, including its location, color, symbol, potential signs of imbalance, and what to do to heal your sacral chakra.
The sacral chakra, also knowns as the second chakra, is located two inches below your belly button and is represented by the color orange. This chakra governs your emotions, your creativity, sensitivity, relationships, expressions sexuality, intimacy, emotional well-being, self-expression, and feeling the outer and inner worlds.
Each chakra vibrates at a particular frequency that impacts certain parts of the body. For the sacral, it is the lymphatic and circulatory systems, reproductive organs, bladder, kidney, and large intestines.
Symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra - When the sacral is out of balance, a person may experience feelings of fear, depression, manic or emotional instability, feeling overwhelmed, loss of imagination or creativity, sexual dysfunction, reproductive issues, and even addiction. Other physical symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, sciatica, low back pain, urinary and kidney problems, constipation, and pelvic pain.
A balanced sacral, on the other hand, creates feelings of abundance, pleasure, creativity, joy, fulfillment, and overall wellness.
The first step towards healing your sacral chakra is to simply acknowledge that your physical and energetic body needs support and sending it some love. Support can come in the form of healing through reiki from a practitioner (or even yourself), or through other methods of energy healing.
The sacral chakra is connected to the element of water so nourishing your body, inside and out, with some H20 will do your sacral some good. Keeping your body hydrated by drinking lots of water is instrumental in healing your sacral chakra. You can even make it fancy and more sacral chakra-friendly by adding a couple of slices of orange. Taking a warm bath complete with orange essential oils or going swimming in a natural body of water will also help get your sacral buzzing again.
The Solfeggio frequency for enhancing and balancing the sacral chakra is 417Hz which helps to bring on positive change and creativity. This frequency is known to help relieve stress and tension, helping to loosen tight muscles and joints, which increases physical mobility.
Centering foods will help bring your sacral chakra back into balance. These foods include nuts, seeds, sweet potato, carrots, melons, mangos, pumpkin, orange citrus fruits, butternut squash, fermented foods, and any other orange-colored foods.
The sacral chakra is all about creative expression, so it makes sense that tapping into your artistic side and doing something creative would help open this energy center. Creativity is completely personal - do what feels fun, whether it is coloring, drawing, cooking, baking, gardening, or drawing your name in the sand! Another option would be to challenge yourself to do something you have never done before like trying a new dish or workout or learning about a new topic.
As your sacral chakra is located right below your belly button, any hip-opening movements or poses will help get the energy flowing in that area. You can do this by allowing your body to flow through dancing or dance-like movements, stretching your hips, and different yoga poses.
A few poses for aligning your sacral are the butterfly pose, cobra pose, seated torso circles, and the goddess pose.
Each chakra has a mantra that connects with it and that supports its healing - the sacral chakra’s mantra sound is vam. You can chant it as you are doing the hip-opening movements or poses or while sitting still during a meditation. Allow the vibration of the chanting to flow to your blocked sacral.
If you have a blocked chakra (be it your third eye chakra, throat chakra, or any of the others), try bringing in crystals. Healing crystals that are perfect for the sacral chakra include amber, coral and orange calcite, citrine, orange aventurine, carnelian, and hematite. Place these on your sacral while you meditate or just carry them around with you throughout the day to soak up their good vibes.