Yoga Diaries – Second Chakra

by mandy lipka

Sometimes I like to take beginner and fundamentals classes to refresh proper alignments and basic adjustments in poses because once we get going on the yoga machine we often overlook the most important things we learned in the early days. Or, maybe our first teachers overlooked them, too, and we missed them completely. Either way, I find it a great exercise in learning and reminding our bodies.

Tonight, is a perfect example. We focused completely on our second chakra and began our session by meditating with legs bent up the wall to give our low backs some rest.

The second chakra is the Svadisthana, or Sacral chakra. In Tantric tradition, it can also be translated as

from Wikipedia

“one’s sweetest abode” or “one’s own place.” This second chakra is shown as the orange lotus in Shaktism, which has a crescent in the center– the tattwa, or truth, of water. Svadisthana corresponds to the element of Water and often is associated with sexual energy. Though it does not connect with the sex organs (that’s the first), it is the force behind the life-sustaining energy behind sexual impulse. The crescent moon in the center is also symbolic of the mysterious powers within the subconscious, relating to the pre-rational dream state of consciousness.

  • Key issuesRelationships, violence, addictions
  • Physical location: Upper part of the sacrum (below navel)
  • Physiological system: Genitourinary
  • Endocrine gland: Adrenals
  • Inner aspect: Feeling
  • Physical action: Reproduction
  • Mental actionCreativity
  • Emotional action: Joy
  • Spiritual actionEnthusiasm
  • Aromatherapy: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose oil, Ylang-ylang, Champaca

Active Poses

  • Parivrtta Trikonasana (twisting triangle)

    Parivrtta Trikonasana

  • Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended lateral angle)

Passive Poses

  • Natarajasana (pose of shiva, or “King of Dancers”)

Tonight’s Poses:

  • Viparita Karani (legs bent up wall)
  • Anjaneyasana  (low lunge into straight leg – into fall over leg)
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana
  • Sucirandhrasana (various thread the needle poses)
  • “Super psoas pose”
  • Supta Padangusthasanal (use wall to keep floor leg on ground, inner rotate thigh; outward rotate thigh of leg in stretch)
  • Half lotus (into fall over leg)

As a Pisces and a psoas-lover, this routine is right up my alley. If you have any second chakra-loving poses you’d like to add, feel free to do so in the comments.

Health and the Second Chakra

Overall, yoga poses that activate the second chakra help ignite your passions, improve your sexual performance, and keep your emotions in check. According to Dr. Rita Khanna, Svadisthana is responsible for your assimilation, procreation, lymphatic system and menstrual secretion processes– all of those watery organs. When this chakra is overworked, you frequently become emotional and when it’s underactive, you can get diseases such as diabetes, blood cancer and other illnesses related to these glands. Visualizing your center, she says, provides a channel for the protection of your energy, particularly your thought-process energy.

Deficiency

  • Rigidity in body and attitudes
  • Frigidity, fear of sex
  • Poor social skills
  • Denial of pleasure
  • Excessive boundaries
  • Fear of change
  • Lack of desire, passion, excitement

The universe exists only through a constant dance of consistency and change. Through consistency, consciousness finds meaning; through change, it finds stimulation and expansion. To find consistency within change is to embrace the unfolding flow.

Excess

  • Sexual acting out, sexual addiction
  • Pleasure addiction
  • Excessively strong emotions, ruled by emotions (hysteria, bipolar mood swings, crisis junkies)
  • Oversensitive
  • Poor boundaries, invasion of others
  • Seductive manipulations
  • Emotional dependency
  • Obsessive attachment

Emotional fulfillment comes from balancing the emotional flow and emotional containment within the sensate and structural forms of the body.

Physical Malfunctions

  • Disorders of reproductive organs, spleen, urinary system
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Sexual dysfunction: impotence, premature ejaculation, frigidity, nonorgasmic
  • Low back pain, knee trouble, lack of flexibility
  • Deadened senses, loss of appetite for food, sex, life

Healing Practices

  • Movement therapy
  • Emotional release
  • Inner child work
  • Boundary work
  • 12-step addiction programs
  • Assign healthy pleasures
  • Develop sensate intelligence

The myth of going under water, of being drowned and born again… the myth of baptism… is a daring leap into non-being with the prospect of achieving new being. / Rollo May

We ended our session with a watery savasana that was delightful. I concluded my practice in Supta Baddha Konasana and some beautiful mantras– like the seed mantra, or Vam. For the first time in a long time, I was completely in my element– water. I urge you to try some of these poses and the below affirmations and share your experience while swimming in the waters of Svadisthana.

Affirmations

I deserve pleasure in my life

I absorb information from my feelings

I embrace and celebrate my sexuality

My sexuality is sacred

I move easily and effortlessly

Life is pleasurable

Loss of the essential condition of well-being that should have grown out of one’s time in arms leads to searches and substitutions for it. Happiness ceases to be a normal condition of being alive, and becomes a goal. / Jean Liedoff

References:

The Chakra Bible / Patricia Mercier

Eastern Body Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self / Anodea Judith

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