Yoga and the Chakras–Svādhiṣṭhāna: The 2nd Chakra “Dwelling Place of the Self”


Yantra for the Second Chakra Chakra Two: स्वाधिष्ठान, Svādhiṣṭhāna
Yantra for the Second Chakra Chakra Two: स्वाधिष्ठान, Svādhiṣṭhāna

Meaning of Svādhiṣṭhāna: “Dwelling Place of the Self”

2nd Chakra Location: The lower abdomen, about an inch below the navel.

The organs/glands/parts of the body associated with this chakra are:

  • Reproductive organs
  • All liquids in the body – the circulation of blood, urine, menstruation, tears
  • Hips, sacrum, low back
  • Kidneys
  • stomach
  • upper intestines
  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • kidney
  • pancreas
  • adrenal glands
  • spleen
  • middle spine

2nd chakra Element: Water

Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, creativity and is also associated with procreation. It  governs desire, and the sexual, creative, emotional and sensual aspects of our being. When in balance we have relaxed and positive views towards sex and involve ourselves in responsible relationships. We are creative and fulfilled in our creative endeavours.

Since the 2nd chakra influences the sexual organs and the functions associated with this center are emotion, vitality, fertility, reproduction, and sexual energy in general. Likewise, any problems in these functions can be identified and resolved through this chakra.

When out of balance…

The emotion associated with the 2nd chakra is passion. If you grew up in an environment where emotions were repressed or denied, this chakra may be deficient. Some signs of deficiency are fear of pleasure, being out of touch with one’s feelings and resistance to change.

  • rigid emotions
  • frigidity
  • guilt
  • poor boundaries
  • irresponsible
  • problem relationships.
  • overly emotional behavior
  • sexual addiction
  • blame
  • guilt
  • money issues
  • sex issues
  • power struggles
  • lack of control
  • lack of creativity
  • lack of morality

Things that can cause an imbalance in the 2nd chakra:

  • A constant need for pleasurable stimulation, such as entertaining or partying.
  • Drugs, alchol
  • Frequent emotional drama
  • focusing only on sensual stimuli

2nd chakra sense: taste

Foods that Fuel Your Sacral Chakras

  • Sweet fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, etc.
  • Honey
  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, etc.
  • Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds

Sacral Chakra Stones

  • Carnelian
  • Garnet
  • Moonstone
  • Tiger’s Eye

Sacral Chakra Colour: Orange.

Orange is a high energy and very stimulating! Orange is a great colour for playfulness and creativity. The vibrational energy is sexual too, not surprising since orange is associated with the sacral chakra. Because of its highly charged intensity some people cannot comfortably wear this color. This colour also shows playfulness and creativity and an be worn as can accent if someone is timid about wearing it head to toe.

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