Svadhisthana (sweetness), or Sacral Chakra, is located at the lower abdomen between the belly button and pubic bone.
The Svadhisthana chakra is symbolized by the color orange and a lotus with six petals. The element of Swadhisthana is water, and in this illustration is represented by an image of the ocean. The white crescent moon in the center of the lotus is also related to water. The outward-turned petals represent the conscious dimension of existence. On the inside, the image of the ocean at night represents the formless dimension and the store of formless karma. Traditionally there is also a white crocodile symbolizing the subterranean movement of the karmas and is the vehicle which carries the phantom of the unconscious life.
Our Sacral Chakra deals with our needs and desires, both sexually and emotionally. This Chakra is also linked to our innate Creativity, and its issues are pleasure/pain, relationships, and emotions. The principal virtue of your Second Chakra is to be able to feel and to enjoy the sensations of experiencing a feeling, and like water, go with the flow.
A positive balance in the Svadhisthana Chakra would be represented by stability in one’s sexuality, sensuality, and emotions. A joyous nature and a good sense of humor would also be present, and the sexual side of one’s life would be fulfilling and appropriate.
An imbalance in our second Chakra can leave us feeling insecure and unable to feel or enjoy physical or emotional sensations deeply. An out-of-balance Swadhisthana chakra is shown when people are preoccupied with sex and spend most of their time thinking about it or trying to ‘get’ it. They relate to other people in a sexual way, even when the context has nothing to do with sex, such as in the workplace. They are hedonists, preoccupied with enjoyment and pursuit of pleasures. Addiction issues can also manifest when Swadhisthana is out of balance.
Properties of 2nd Chakra (Svadhisthana)
Definition: The Sanskrit word swa means “one’s own” and adhisthana means “dwelling place or residence.” Therefore swadhisthana means “one’s own abode” and is associated with the unconscious mind and emotion.
Color: Deep Red & Golden Brown
Element: Water. The water element is about slow and steady movement and the exploration of the mysteries inside of us.
Location: Swadhisthana chakra relates to the lower part of the trunk, especially the lumbosacral area of the spine, pelvic area, buttocks and the genitals. The nerve plexus is the sacral plexus, and the endocrines are the gonads (related to the pleasure aspect of sexuality). This corresponds to the prostate gland and testes in the male, and ovarian system in the female.
Balanced Qualities: Sensuality, sexuality
Imbalanced Qualities: Sexual dysfunction, lack of sensation
Main Right: To Feel
Physiological association: Swadhisthana chakra is associated with the senses and sensual pleasure. This chakra is connected with feelings of joy, humor and the enjoyment of sexuality. Swadhisthana also acts as the storehouse of personal impressions and emotions and is the chakra of creativity.
Organ of knowledge: The tongue
Organ of action: The sexual organs, kidneys and urinary system.
Trigger point: The pubic bone
“It is said he who meditates on Swadhisthana chakra is immediately freed from his internal enemies, lust, anger, greed etc. His nectar-like words flow in prose and verse and in well-reasoned discourse. He becomes like the sun illuminating the darkness of ignorance.” – Swami Satyananda
Crystals and stones possess specific vibrational and energetic qualities that have been used for thousands of years for their healing and spiritual effects. Healing stones are one of the most common tools used to activate, balance and cleanse specific chakra energy centers. To learn how to use healing chakra gemstones effectively you must pair the appropriate stone with the affected chakra.
The most powerful crystals and stones for the Svadhisthana chakra are:
Wearing and using gemstone mala beads is a powerful and efficient way to use healing chakra gemstones in your yoga practice and daily life. If you have a meditation altar, placing you mala on it will also help to balance and activate the space. The following mala beads contain gemstones that will be helpful to balance and activate the second chakra.