The Second Chakra – Svadhishthana (Swadisthana) Chakra
The Svadhishthana Chakra also written as Swadishthana governs the emotional and sensual aspects of our lives. An unbalanced second chakra could greattly influence our emotional behaviour.
Svadhishthana chakra is the second or sacral chakra and also referred to as the abdominal chakra. It sits at the base of the sacrum 3 – 5 cm above Muladhara (the base or root chakra).
Svadhishthana translates from Sanskrit to mean Sva – Self and Adhishthana – place or seat of residence.
Svadhishthana marks the second stage of human development. Its element is water; which represents and is responsible for a lot!
The element of this chakra is a constant reminder that we all experience movement and emotional changes. Water moves freely, but when it is out of control… it is extremely powerful and both breath taking and dangerous.
This chakra is orange in colour, rich with energy and highly vibrational. It is the colour of fire and the rising and setting sun. This chakra can shape our personality and helps us process anything that enters the body be it food or thought. It is from this point that information stored within our subconscious is able to rise into consciousness.
Muladhara (the root chakra) will provide a support and ensure that we are grounded, acting as an anchor for this chakra and all the other chakras that sit above it.
A balanced Muladhara makes it easier and safer to discover the potential that the second chakra holds.
The image of Svadhishthana Chakra is a Lotus with six petals. Each petal is symbolic of negative qualities that at some point might need to be overcome - anger, hatred, jealousy, cruelty, desire and pride.
When this chakra is balanced we can work towards overcoming any negative qualities and experience clarity.
This chakra helps us to cope with relationships and ever changing situations. It teaches acceptance.
This chakra allows us to develop the correct balance between going with the flow and becoming a master of our destiny.
This chakra requires and provides self- discovery. By gaining a little understanding about this chakra and becoming aware of our own emotional patterns we can start to balance our emotional behaviour.
In short …..
Svadhishthana (also known as swadisthana) Chakra is the second chakra.
Svadhishthana translates to mean seat of the true self.
The element of this chakra is water.
The colour of this chakra is orange
It is associated with the sense of taste.
This chakra is influenced by Brahma (the creator) and Sarasvati (the goddess of wisdom and creativity).
It has the Mantra of VAM.
The organs and parts of the body associated with this chakra are: - the reproductive organs, blood, urine, menstruation, tears, hips, sacrum, lower back, kidneys and the bladder.
Physical dysfunctions associated with this chakra are: - lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, sexual impotency, urinary problems, menstrual disorders and appendicitis.
Psychological and Emotional Issues associated with this Chakra are: - Jealousy, rage, greed, addiction to emotional dramas, sexual addiction, being out of touch with ones feelings, resistance to change, constantly seeking pleasure, poor boundaries and poor social skills.
Yoga Postures to balance this chakra are: - all forward and back bending postures and anything that stimulates this region of the body especially Uddiyana Bandha (the abdominal lock).