Hip Opening, Sex and The 2nd Chakra

Sex, Hips and the 2nd chakraYoga Sequence for the Second Chakra. The Sacral Chakra Relates to The Hips, Sex, Sensuality, Relationships,Power, Money, and Creativity.

The 2nd Chakra is often called the body chakra because it is where you connect with the physical body through your senses. Located below the navel the sacral chakra is the chakra of sensuality, pleasure and sexuality. It governs how we choose our relationships and partnerships with others. When unblocked it magnetically draws others towards us. Since the Second chakra also governs our creative abilities when unblocked our creative energy flows effortlessly. The struggle for power and obsession with money are no longer distractions and finances are approached in a respectful and balanced manner.

Sounds pretty good right?

So, how does ones Sacral chakra become blocked?

Life happens!

Guilt and shame associated with sex, sexual abuse, sexual repression, being denied creative self-expression are all examples of how we can develop blockages early on. For all of these circumstances we develop a coping strategy.

Over time our coping patterns become stuck in the tissues of our body and mind.

Anchored deep within the confines of our psyche and body we re-express our pain in ways we are not even consciously aware of. Unfortunately the structures of defense we have built around us meant to protect us from future harm only block us from reaching our true potential.

Like a budding plant being choked out by rocks, at some point we can no longer grow holding up the weight of our own armor. The very thing meant to protect us eventually pushes us under.

Have you ever gotten misty eyed during a deep hip opener?

When you release tension in the hips often a lot of emotion comes pouring out and you may not even realize where it’s coming from.

This phenomenon is nothing new, as our bodies release trauma from the sacral chakra we will on some level re-experience it. Don’t be alarmed or try to suppress it, just let it flow. This too shall pass.

Hip openers will bring to the surface feelings connected to long-buried fears past hurts and disappointments.

You may feel frustrated, sad, hurt and vulnerable all over again.The fact is your body is reprocessing the same way you might try to process things that happened in your past with a therapist. In this case the therapy is happening on a cellular level rather than a mental level.

Are you feeling blocked in your creativity? The second chakra is governs the area of creation and creativity. When blocked we are unable to share our creative gifts with the outside world.

What about your sex life? If your sex life feels out of balance is an indicator of a second chakra that is out of balance as well. Financial issues are also linked to your second chakra so if you are experiencing problems with money balancing this chakra could be of help.

I am not suggesting miracles here. Doing pigeon for 20 minutes a day isn’t going to make Mr. Right materialize on your doorstep with a dozen roses nor will it guarantee you make a million dollars.

This sequence for the second chakra will release pent-up tension in the hips, pelvis and thighs. 

There are no quick fixes. However, try this yoga sequence and see what starts to shift for you. Be ready to deal with whatever may bubble to the surface, you may be surprised at what comes up.

Warm up with 3-5 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation C

Low Lunge

Frog

Baddha Konasana

Half Hero

Hanumanasana

Pigeon

Double Pigeon

Savasana (5-10 minutes)

Happy Hip Opening Yogis!

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Yoga and the Chakras–Svādhiṣṭhāna: The 2nd Chakra, Sex, Satisfaction, Desire and Brhamacharya

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Yoga and the Chakras–Svādhiṣṭhāna: The 2nd Chakra, Sex, Satisfaction, Desire and Brhamacharya

Warning: If you are prudish about people talking about sex then you may want to leave now.

So, all of you non-prudes, here we go…

The 2nd cahkra is the sex chakra.

(It also deals with desire, guilt, lust, addiction…and, hold on because we are just getting started…)

Gulp!


…passion, creativity, reproduction, water, the sense of taste, emotional identity, self-gratification, power, control issues, and money.

In my opinion all the ‘biggies’ on a very emotional/physical plane.

Svadhisthana means “dwelling place of the self.”

If you think about its location which is about 1 inch below the navel approximately it is quite literally where all creative life springs from so “Dwelling Place of the Self” makes perfect sense.

That is where you (Yes, you!) came from, I came from, and for that matter everyone else came from.

So yes, this is the beginning of all creativity so to speak, on a very basic level.

When I think about the 2nd chakra I think about Brahmacharya which is one of the Yamas (moral observances in the yogic tradition which pertains to sexual restraint)

Now when I was first learning about the Yamas and Niyamas I immediately dismissed Brahmacharya thinking “Oh, here we go again…!” I felt annoyed, a little angry and let down that yoga being as ‘cool’ and seemingly ‘open-minded’ so far, was now trying to impose the same rules and regulations on sex that every other religion was trying to impose. (albeit with a much different approach)

However, what I see now is that Brahmacharya is really a way to balance our desires, and ultimately satisfy them, not deny their existence.

Now, the 2nd chakra deals with control, lust, desire and taste which brings me to a little story about when I was younger and my parents had left town.

(and no, it’s not that kind of story so relax!)

Excited to not have our mother “controlling”

(and I use the term control with humor of course, my mom is probably the least controlling person I know,…except of course when it comes to eating your vegetables at dinner time and then she can be a tyrant!)

what we ate for dinner me and my sister each ate what we desired and decided on an entire apple pie for dinner!

It tasted sweet at first,… and even though the first piece satisfied my lust for the juicy apple pie I continued to eat,

and eat

and eat,

and eat!

…until I got sick!

The moral of this story and how does this pertain to our relationships with the opposite sex?

What I am suggesting, is that at times we may be so thrilled to relinquish all control over ourselves in a quest to satisfy our hunger to be desired or feel an emotional, sexual, and/or spiritual bond with someone we sometimes fill ourselves up with meaningless, unsastisfying sexual relationships.

We end up feeling drained, sick, unsatisfied and let down. We settle for sexual and emotional “junk food” for which we ultimately pay a price.

And just like the little girl who ate an entire  apple pie,

Guess what?

You feel sick..

Bleh..

It is not that sex is bad, or apple pie is bad, it is how we go about fulfilling our desires.

Can you be satisfied with just one delightful piece?

Or, do you really need to have the whole pie?

Will that satisfy you?

Or, will it actually leave you unsatisfied and drained like a bad sugar hangover?

Perhaps we need to learn to savour, taste, and enjoy…the right way. Take our time finding out who this person really is…

Could it be, we are over-sexed and under-satisfied as a whole?

hmmmm…?

When we lose sight of what is sacred, beautiful and redemptive about sex, and it becomes sexual gluttony at its best and depressing at its worst.

I am not speaking about the act itself, I am talking about the machine that is sexual obsession that leads to unhealthy dysfunction instead of meaningful, healthy, relaxed, satisfying interaction that is a sacred act between two human beings.

That’s all I’m sayin.

What’sLove Got To Do With It?

What has love and finding love got to do with the Yamas you ask? (Yogic guidelines for living peacefully and abundantly)Well,…alot, actually!

There are Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas are how you approach the world and the Niyamas have to do with your inner world.

With Valentines Day fast approaching I have noticed every list imaginable on the internet. “5 to Find Love Fast”, “Ten Tips for Dating” and so on and so forth. I figured I may as well jump on the list bandwagon, but in my case see how the Yamas might be helpful in guiding you in your quest for love.

The Yamas:

1. Ahimsa ~ Nonviolence

The obvious of course is you don’t want to date someone who is physically violent, but hopefully you guys already have that one figured out. I would like to point out however it is important that you date someone who is not violent to themselves either. By non-violent I mean someone who is confident, happy, and secure. Another form of violence to oneself comes in the form of abusing ones body. You want your love muffin around for a long time don’t you? Well, then pick someone who is active, cares about what food (or anything ELSE they are putting in their body) and are emotionally healthy as well.

2. Satya ~ Truthfulness
Someone that is truthful is priceless. This is a non-negotiable! Watch out for the ones who lie about little seemingly insignificant things or tell tall tales. Just say no to Pinocchio!

3. Asteya ~ Nonstealing
Stealing comes in many forms, none of which are good. Notice, does this person take advantage of your time? Your good will? How about taking credit for things that they did not do?

4. Brahmacharya ~ Restraint
If you are not familiar with Brahmacharya it is typically used to describe the ethical guidelines for sex. If you want to save yourself alot of akwardness and grief, get to know someone before hitting the hay so to speak. Unless of course, you enjoy a luke-warm plate of awkward with a sprinkling of “I’m such- a- idiot” with your breakfast in the morning.

5. Aparigraha ~ Nonpossessiveness
Someone that allows you to be who and what you are in all your glory. A non-stingy lover of life! Someone who does not covet or horde things, or you for that matter.

Remember, like attracts like! Be the kind of person you want to have in your life and you will draw them in like a magnet.

(A big hot human magnet that is!)