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The Sacral Chakra – Everything You Need to Know

The Sacral Chakra – Everything You Need to Know

The Sacral Chakra, also known as the Svadhisthana, is the second of the seven primary chakras. In this article we dive into the significance of this energy center and how to heal the Sacral Chakra.


Sacral Chakra Summary

  • Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana Chakra
  • Location: Lower abdomen, below the belly button
  • Color: Orange (it’s sometimes referred to as the Orange Chakra)
  • Chakra Element: Water element
  • Frequency: 417 Hz / D note
  • Symbol: Lotus flower with 6 petals
  • Zodiac: Sagittarius and Pisces
  • Energy: Feminine energy
  • Signs of a balanced Sacral Chakra: Creative expression, emotional stability, rewarding platonic and intimate relationships.
  • Signs of an imbalanced Sacral Chakra: Lack of creativity, lack of motivation, relationship and intimacy issues, and physical ailments (joint and pelvic issues, fertility issues, digestive problems). 

Read on to learn more about your Svadhisthana!


What is the Sacral Chakra?

The chakra system is an energy system originating from Hinduism and Buddhism beliefs of ancient times.

There are seven primary chakras:

  1. Root Chakra
  2. Sacral Chakra
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra

Chakras are energy centers in the physical and subtle body from which energy flows. They are sometimes known as wheels and just like wheels they are constantly spinning life force energy around us, unless of course they become unbalanced or blocked.

In Sanskrit, Svadhisthana is often translated as “the dwelling place of the self” or as the place where we “take pleasure in”.

In other words it represents the seat of our emotional and sexual energy, as well as our creative energies.

Not surprisingly the Sacral Chakra also has a connection with the water element and the moon which are both synonymous with freedom and movement.

The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, below the belly button, and above the pubic bone. It is connected to our kidneys, sexual organs, reproductive system, and associated hormones.

sacral chakra location
Sacral Chakra location

How Does the Sacral Chakra Relate to Color?

The Sacral Chakra is symbolized as a six-petalled lotus flower with a vibrant orange color.

According to color therapy, orange represents joy, wisdom, and creativity. It fuels our emotional and mental side with hope and optimism, while enhancing the imagination.

Physically, it gives our energy levels a boost and is believed to support the healthy functioning of the digestive system and muscular system.

chakra colors chart
Chakra colors chart

Why Should We Strengthen the Sacral Chakra?

The Sacral Chakra, or the Second Chakra, holds your creative energy, spiritual wisdom, and emotional and sexual energies.

It’s important that this energy spot remains open for maintaining healthy relationships and the overall harmony of your life.This is why it’s so vital to prioritize healing the Sacral Chakra.

Read on to find out how to spot imbalances in your Sacral energy and various ways you can heal this powerful energy center.

What Causes Sacral Chakra Blockages?

Your body is a temple, and as such, every problem or pain experienced in the past and present leaves a lifelong impact on the physical body, mind and soul.

For this reason, understanding blockages in this chakra often requires you to carry out some introspection and analysis of past relationships and experiences.

Experiences that can cause Sacral blockages include:

Trauma

Any kind of trauma, emotional or sexual, can cause an imbalance in the Sacral Chakra. It’s important to acknowledge and seek help if necessary to work through any past trauma in order to move forward with balancing your Svadhisthana Chakra.

It is usually best to begin by healing your Root Chakra first as this will enable you to establish a sense of safety within yourself which you can build on when working on your Sacral Chakra.

Relationship Conflicts

The Sacral Chakra is fundamentally linked to our emotional wellbeing. Therefore, any relationship conflicts that are troubling you could well be related to an imbalance in the Sacral Chakra.

Again, it’s important to acknowledge these conflicts and move towards resolving them in order to practice Sacral Chakra healing.

Rejection

We all face rejection in our lives from time to time, whether that’s in our careers, relationships or personal lives. 

Rejection can lead to feelings of worthlessness and disappointment and when you don’t fully process these negative energies they can manifest themselves as an energy imbalance in your 2nd Chakra.

Sexual Issues

An unbalanced Sacral Chakra can also reveal itself in an unhealthy sexual relationship (the Sacral Chakra is sometimes called the Sex Chakra).

For example you may feel like something is missing in your sexual life or you may worry that your partner is not interested in you in a sexual way. These feelings of dissatisfaction and disconnection can all cause imbalances in the Sacral Chakra.

What Happens When the Sacral Chakra is Blocked?

An imbalanced or blocked chakra has trapped or stagnant energy, which can lead to specific behavioral and physical issues.

A blocked Sacral Chakra is associated with a range of different emotional issues:

Low Self Worth

If you have an under-active Sacral Chakra you could be lacking in confidence and self-esteem. You may be unable to fully accept yourself and process negative energies.

Feeling Unfulfilled

An underactive Sacral Chakra can also leave you feeling unfulfilled and lethargic. Without access to your inner source of creativity, you may find it difficult to find excitement and enthusiasm for your life and the world around you.

Addictive Behaviors

The Sacral Chakra governs your emotions and when it’s overactive, your emotions can run wild. You can find yourself unable to check your impulses and driven to addictive and damaging behaviors due to unprocessed negative emotions.

Fear

An unbalanced Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in all kinds of fearful emotions, whether that’s depression, anxiety or loneliness. It can leave us shut off from our emotions and from others which perpetuates these negative energies further.

Unfulfilling Relationships

The Sacral Chakra has a big impact on our relationships. An overactive Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in feelings of rage, oversensitivity and argumentative behavior, and this can affect our ability to communicate and express ourselves openly in our relationships.

Due to its connection to our sexual drives, an unhealthy Sacral Chakra can also be seen in sexual dissatisfaction, dysfunction, low libido and reproductive issues.

Physical Issues

There are several physical issues that are connected to Sacral Chakra imbalances. Because the Sacral Chakra is located in our lower abdomen, it is often associated with physical symptoms in the pelvic region such as:

  • Digestive issues
  • Lower back pain
  • Kidney issues
  • Joint problems especially concerning the pelvis
  • Hip issues
  • Premenstrual pains and menstrual cramps
  • Low energy
  • Anemia

Learn more about what happens when you open the Sacral Chakra.

signs of a sacral chakra blockage
Signs of a Sacral Chakra Blockage

Benefits of Healing the Sacral Chakra

Each chakra relates to different mental, physical and emotional functions in the physical body. When these energy centers are balanced, our chi or spiritual power flows freely throughout the body.

When they become blocked, it can take a toll on our emotional body and physical health.

The Sacral Chakra typically develops between the ages of 8-14, which is when we usually start to discover our sense of self, our sexuality and our creative individuality.

The Sacral Chakra balances the energy of warmth, confidence, and generosity. Sacral Chakra energy is also responsible for:

Passion

Passion is at the core of a fully activated Sacral Chakra. This passion doesn’t just include romantic and sexual relationships but also how we approach life – allowing us to grab life with both hands and find a sense of joy and fulfillment in our work, hobbies and relationships.

Healthy Relationships

The balancing of this energy center is directly related to cultivating healthy relationships, both romantic and platonic.

A balanced Sacral Chakra allows us to open up freely and love generously. This leads to more balanced, harmonious and pleasurable relationships with ourselves and those around us.

Creativity

The Sacral Chakra is behind our creative power. This is because it allows our emotions to run freely so we can fully embrace every aspect of our being and the world around us. In so doing we tap into new ideas and perspectives with ease.

Reduce Fear

Healing the Sacral Chakra can help us gain access to our deepest emotions and fears. It is only by accessing these emotions that we are able to learn to address and process uncomfortable emotions and work through our fears.

Working through challenging emotions and tackling fear face on can help us to build our personal power and live adventurously.

Self-Expression

Sacral Chakra healing is ultimately about self-expression – the ability to understand and express our emotional needs freely to ourselves and others. This fuels our creative potential and supports healthy boundaries with our loved ones.

How to Heal the Sacral Chakra

Have you been battling with some of the emotional or physical challenges we’ve mentioned? If so, then you may benefit from the following tips for healing the Sacral Chakra:

Acknowledgment

The first step towards healing is acknowledging that your soul, mind, and body require your help and support.

Analyze your relationships, both past and present, to identify any issues that could be causing you distress. Seek help if necessary from a therapist to help you process any difficult emotions or experiences.

Aromatherapy for the Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra aromatherapy is an effective and pleasurable way to restore feelings of creativity, sensuality, and wellbeing.

Classic essential oils which are said to heal the Sacral Chakra include sandalwood, cardamom, bergamot, ylang-ylang and neroli. These oils can be used in a variety of ways, you could use them in a restorative massage or dispel the aromas around your home using a humidifier or aroma-burner.

Check out our top 10 essential oils for the Sacral Chakra.

Meditation for the Sacral Chakra

Meditation is a very popular way to heal this chakra. Meditation comes with a whole host of benefits – it can calm the human body, dispel negative emotions and improve focus to name just a few. There are lots of different chakra meditation techniques, but here is a simple flow you can experiment with at home:

  • Find a calm, quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Get comfortable and slow down your breathing.
  • Set your intention for your meditation session – saying a Sacral chakra affirmation, lighting a sacral candle or holding a sacral crystal can be a great way to focus on your intention.
  • Then use your breathing to guide you as you clear your mind and focus on your Sacral Chakra.
  • Feel its powerful energy fill your body with each breath you take. 
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Use the Color Orange in Meditation

The color orange is closely associated with the Sacral Chakra. Using orange chakra candles and orange crystals such as tiger’s eye, orange calcite, and carnelian crystals during chakra healing meditation, can help you to focus on the Sacral Chakra.

Alternatively, you could visualize the color orange while you meditate. As you inhale, visualize a golden orange light in your lower abdomen and as you exhale, imagine this orange light radiating throughout your body, filing you with creative energy and rejuvenation.

Journaling

Journaling is a really effective way to explore your emotions and help you focus on healing a particular chakra. All you need is a pen and paper and a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Spend 10 minutes or so just writing whatever comes into your mind, without judgment or examination.

You could use a Sacral Chakra journal prompt, such as

“How have I been expressing my creativity recently?”

This will help you to understand what could be blocking your Sacral Chakra and what emotional issues you need to work on to gain greater harmony.

Read our list of 50 Sacral Chakra Journal Prompts.

Affirmations for the Sacral Chakra

You may find that self-affirmations can help focus your mind on working through emotions and undoing negative programming.

Positive affirmations can be spoken out loud at any time of the day, or you might choose to repeat them silently to yourself during meditation.

These affirmations work particularly well for your Sacral energy center, but you can always come up with your own:

  • “I am connected to my community”
  • “I am connected to my family”
  • “I am a creative being”
  • “I attract people who treat me with respect”
  • “I embrace my vibrant sexuality”

Check out our 60 Sacral Chakra Affirmations for a Passionate Life.

Sacral Chakra Candles

Chakra candles combine the healing powers of essential oils with color therapy to supercharge healing energy sessions and meditations. Look out for candles with sandalwood, cardamom, bergamot and ylang-ylang.

Sacral Chakra candles can also be used during meditation and mindfulness sessions. Focusing on the flickering flame of a candle can be a good way to focus the mind and reduce unwanted mental chatter.

Learn about the benefits of burning chakra candles.

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Yoga Poses for the Sacral Chakra

Yoga can be a great way to focus on opening your body and releasing tension. Hip-opening yoga poses such as:

These poses are particularly effective at targeting the Svadhishthana Chakra as they get right to the heart of the Sacral Chakra’s location in the body.

There are many different yoga traditions to choose from, many of which combine yoga with other healing practices such as meditation.

Sri Sri Yoga for example, combines well known asanas (yoga poses) with breathwork and meditation, allowing you to work on healing the energetic body as a whole.

Check out our 7 yoga poses to hear your Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra Mudras

Mudras are sacred hand gestures often used in yoga to help us connect to and harness our inner energy. Some people like to perform mudras while meditating or practicing yoga. 

Shakti Mudra is a particularly popular mudra for the Sacral Chakra as it is said to energize us while supporting emotional balance and stability.

To form this powerful mudra, simply join your thumb, ring finger and little finger together while keeping your index and middle fingers straight. 

Check Out the Best Mudras for Sacral Chakra Balancing.

shakti mudra
Shakti Mudra

Sound Healing

Sound healing involves using instruments to create notes or frequencies which are not only beneficial for our mental and physical wellbeing but can also help us to connect with our chakra centers.

Each of the chakras has a particular frequency and musical note. For the Sacral Chakra this is 417 Hz  and note D. Learn more about the Sacral Chakra Frequency.

There are all kinds of musical instruments you can use (you can also use your voice by chanting). Many people like to use chakra singing bowls alongside a meditation session or yoga practice.

Check out our guide to using singing bowls for chakra healing.

Crystals for the Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange and golden crystals such as amber, tiger’s eye, carnelian, citrine, moonstone, and sunstone can be particularly useful for healing this chakra. .

There are several ways to practice crystal chakra healing. You could

Or you can just place them around your home to support the flow of energy in your daily life.

Takeaway

With an open Sacral Chakra, you can experience an abundance of creativity and take more pleasure in life. 

Sacral healing comes in many forms, and it’s worth trying different methods until you find a healing practice that works for you. 

Most importantly, be patient with yourself. Healing an imbalanced chakra takes time and often benefits from both emotional and physical healing practices.

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Author

  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.

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