Do you often overindulge (food, sex, alcohol, drugs, thrill seeking or extreme sports and thrills) yet still feel empty inside? Do you feel stagnate & dry lacking your normal creativity? Are you sore in your lower back and hips, resistant to change, do you avoid social interaction, do you have infertility problems, mood swings?
If you answered yes to any of the above, your Sacral (Svadhisthana) Chakra may be out of balance.
Our hips, sacrum, abdomen, sexual organs, inner thighs, knees and joints are involved with the Sacral Chakra. Are you feeling any discomfort, pain, or issues in this part of your body? If so, your Sacral Chakra could be the source of this discomfort. If you are like me you likely ignore your emotions associated with this fluid, creative Sacral Chakra — and when we do this is when physical symptoms manifest. Of course, if you are not feeling well, always consult your medical professional. I am not a health care provider, just passionate about health and wellness.
Our desires, needs, longings, and urges are said come from the Sacral chakra according to Anodea Judith in her Chakra Yoga book. When we are in pain (emotional or physical) we tend to place blocks to protect ourselves. Doing this decreases our awareness and we often numb our pain through overindulgence. We are wired to move toward pleasure and away from pain through our limbic system (where our emotions reside in our brain). When we bury our emotions chronic physical symptoms may arise. Physical movement (especially yoga for me) helps to remove emotional blocks that have been buried for years. I was guilty of burying my emotions using Scarlet Ohara’s famous line “I’ll think about it tomorrow”. I have often been amazed at the release of emotions after a yoga practice. I have had multiple clients cry during their yoga practice — this is a good thing — releasing and letting go is so important to our overall wellness. This is the primary reason I prefer to teach yoga in a private setting rather than a group class -- the quiet and safe place to release emotions in a private session is powerful. Our yoga mats provide a safe place to release and let go. The work is reconnecting to our awareness — explore where you are holding tension and tightness in your body. Honor rather than ignore those pain signals your body is giving you. Awareness of these physical and emotional blocks is the only way to release the blocks. When we block emotion we become rigid. The Sacral Chakra is associated with water and fluidity which allows flexibility.
As your yoga teacher I recommend the following: Drink water to help keep your body hydrated; allow yourself to acknowledge your emotions rather than bury them for another day; pay attention to where you are feeling tightness or pain in your body; practice a fluid moving yoga practice emphasizing the hips, sacrum, abdomen (core work), knees and joints.
The use of essential oils are helpful for the Sacral Chakra: Ylang, Ylang, Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Blue Tansy, Cederwood, Rose. Sara is a Young Living Essential Oil blend that has all of these oils combined. Each of these oils have been known to help with emotional well-being. I like to put 1 drop in my palm, rub my hands together and take several deep breaths before I begin my yoga practice. I also have a diffuser in my yoga room.