The sacral chakra, also known as Swadhisthana, is our second chakra. It’s located in the center of your abdomen, just below the navel.
Sacral chakra is responsible for everything that involves creation, as it is a center of our creative and sexual energy. Associated with water and orange color, this chakra represents movement, pleasure, relationships and happiness.
A healthy sacral chakra makes us feel good in our own bodies and confident in risk taking. We are encouraged to build loving relationships and experience everything life has to offer.
On the other hand, a blocked or imbalanced sacral chakra can make us distant and afraid of connections. We start repressing our emotions, have negative feelings about sexuality and often develop addictive behaviors.
In this article, we will help you discover if you have a blocked sacral chakra, but also things you can do to open and balance it to enjoy a joyful life full of love and inspiring moments.
Signs Of Blocked Sacral Chakra
When your sacral chakra is balanced, you will be creative, spontaneous and happy, and able to cultivate loving relationships and accept your sexuality.
However, a blocked sacral chakra will have an opposite effect, which shows in both physical and mental symptoms.
Emotional Signs of An Unbalanced Sacral Chakra:
- You feel a lack of creative energy
- You have negative feelings towards sex or experiencing a lack of sexual desire
- You feel emotionally confused
- Repetitive unsuccessful or dysfunctional relationships (you go through similar issues with all your relationships)
- You are addicted to things that bring pleasure such as food, gambling, and drugs
- You feel shame, guilt and distrust
- You believe that you’re unloved or unaccepted
- You struggle to love yourself and have an unhealthy-self image
- You repress your emotions
Physical Signs of An Unbalanced Sacral Chakra:
- Kidney issues
- Reproductive issues
- Chronic lower back pain
- Complications with the urinary tract
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Abnormal menstruation
- Chronic fatigue
The symptoms above are common signs of a blocked sacral chakra. However, this chakra can also be too active. In that case, you might feel the opposite effects – becoming greedy, a workaholic, prone to being codependent, having rash emotional outbursts and becoming addicted to sex.
How To Balance Your Sacral Chakra?
When your sacral chakra is balanced, you will learn to love yourself and be comfortable in your body. You will enjoy life pleasures and will no longer struggle with toxic relationships or sexual guilt. Allowing your creativity to flow again, you will become more spontaneous and joyful.
Here are some of the best practices for healing the Sacral Chakra.
When we think about healing and opening our chakras, we often picture deep meditation and serious spiritual practices. However, the sacral chakra is all about movement, creativity and having fun. That’s why exploring your artistic and spontaneous side is one of the most effective ways to bring it back to balance.
Being creative can help with both blocked and over-active chakra. Exploring new hobbies or those you already love can help the creative energy flow freely from the sacral chakra. Cooking, drawing, sculpting, and writing are just some activities that will help your second chakra become harmonious.
Many healers also use dancing as a way build spontaneity, combat negative self-thoughts and incorporate movement that builds energy in your body and releases blockages.
Sacral Chakra Crystals
Every chakra is traditionally linked to specific stones.
The stones usually relate to the color of the chakra – orange in the case of sacral chakra. Stones can be a powerful method to heal and balance your chakra and you can simply hold them while meditating or carry in your pocket throughout the day. Since the sacral chakra is strongly associated with water, you can also place the stone in your bath.
Here are some stones you can use to activate the sacral chakra:
The carnelian is used for the root and the sacral chakra, and ancient healers also used it for fertility. It is a stone of courage, motivation and creativity.
Carnelian will balance your sacral chakra and boost your confidence, intuition and passion. It can help to break addictions and to heal the reproductive organs, which often suffer when the second chakra is out of balance.
Orange calcite is a beautiful crystal for boosting creativity. It helps to reunite your body and mind and to overcome emotional blockages.
The orange calcite will increase your willpower and allow you to see the truth in things. As a result, it will allow the positive energy to flow within you, help you combat bad habits and finally, empower you to reach your full potential.
Moonstone is a powerful stone used for many purposes. If you have a blocked sacral chakra, it would be best to find an orange moonstone, known for its ability to release stress and lead to emotional balance.
Except for helping you feel at peace, the orange moonstone will enhance your love and trust in relationships, but also the love towards yourself.
If you struggle with self-image, you may find the Tiger’s Eye particularly powerful. It is a stabilizing stone that grounds the sacral chakra and allows it to emit change and creativity.
Tiger’s Eye releases fears, gets you out of the comfort zone and stabilizes mood swings. Wear the crystal to experience tiger’s confidence and courage, and to boost your creativity and intuition.
Sacral Chakra Healing Foods
“You are what you eat” is a phrase we use for physical health, but it also extends to our energy centers. Chakras respond to your diet, and there is a chance you can open the sacral chakra by simply making small tweaks in what you eat.
Here are some foods that are linked to the sacral chakra since the ancient times:
Fruits – fleshy fruits can help to balance your sacral chakra. Orange-colored fruits are most commonly used for this purpose, including oranges, mangoes and peaches.
Seeds – Seeds are often used by healers to work on the sacral chakra, and include sunflower, pumpkin and hemp seed.
Broths – the element of the sacral chakra is water, so drinking a lot of water as well as other clear liquids such as vegetable broths or teas can help to heal it.
You can also add these Sacral Chakra herbs and spices to your diet:
- Sweet Paprika
Sacral Chakra Yoga And Meditation Techniques
Yoga and meditation are suitable ways to treat all chakras. To focus particularly on the sacral chakra, you can incorporate visualization in your meditation, and more hip openers in your yoga practice.
Yoga and meditation are even more powerful when done together. They build a connection between the body and the mind and release physical and emotional blockages.
Sacral Chakra Meditation
Chakra meditations are based on visualizations and increasing awareness to the area of your body you’re trying to heal. Here’s a simple meditation you can do to open your sacral chakra.
- Sit comfortably in a quiet spot
- Keep your spine straight, but try to relax your limbs
- Begin by focusing on your breaths, bringing awareness to your body
- When you’re ready, visualize an orange circle at your sacral chakra point
- Sacral chakra’s element is water, so you can imagine this orange light spreading in waves through your whole body, making you feel warm and calm
- You can do this for as long as it feels good
- When you’re done, spend some more time focusing on your breath, then open your eyes
Sacral Chakra Yoga
When paired with meditation, yoga can be a fantastic method to heal and open your sacral chakra. It helps to build a body awareness, combat the feeling of unworthiness and release tensions we built up in our abdomen and hips.
Hip opening poses are commonly used for sacral chakra. You can try to find a class that focuses on this area, or incorporate some of the best hip-focused yoga poses in your solo practice:
- Pigeon Pose (Kapotasna)
- Cow Face Pose(Gomukhasana)
- Open Angle Pose (Upavistha Konasana)
- Frog Pose (Bhekasana)
- Reclining bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
- Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana)
Always make sure to work your hips through the full range of motion – which means you’re working on both the external rotation (e.g. the frog pose) and internal rotation (e.g. pigeon pose).
When you begin to move your body, build your creativity and incorporate ancient healing foods and stones, you will soon feel your blockages releasing. You will notice you are more joyful and confident. Finally, you will accept yourself and your sexuality, and encouraged to build deep and loving relationships.