Move with the Flow: Svadhisthana (Chakras 101, Part 3 of 9)

Desires. We all have them. Some desires are healthy + some aren’t. In certain cultures, we’re taught that all desires are bad … but what exactly is a desire?

A desire can be seen as a craving or longing, which implies a level of intensity or passion, but a desire can also be a simple wish or request, which seems tame.

Desires live in the gray space of life’s spectrum – they can be 100% bad, 100% good, or anywhere in between.

Maybe you’ve experienced a time when you felt fueled or driven by your desires, so much that you had limited control over your body + the actions you took to fulfill that desire (a common occurrence during our younger years).

On the flip side, maybe you’ve experienced the feeling of having zero desires, zero passion, zero drive – you’re entire body + life felt like dead weight.

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Desire is the focus of the second chakra, svadhisthana. Located very close to the first chakra, muladhara, your second chakra is the all about the outward expression or attempt to satisfy your desires (often related to the 4 natural instincts from muladhara), including the emotions related to your instinctive urges and desires.

The important thing to know about desires is that they’re NOT bad. From muladhara, we learned that we have 4 natural instincts that keep us alive: food, sex, sleep, and self-preservation. Our desire to fulfill those instincts is experienced in svadhisthana.

If we didn’t have the desire to fulfill even our most basic instincts, we as a species wouldn’t exist. We simply need to shape or direct our desires in a way that helps us grow (much like riverbanks direct a river – water is the element of the second chakra).

As with all of the 7 chakras, each chakra has a specific location along the back of your body, along with associated body parts, colors, natural elements, sounds, senses, asana poses, + key physical/mental symptoms to tell if that particular chakra is spinning efficiently (instead of slow or out-of-control).

Meet your Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana:

Location: Sacrum (the upside-down-triangle-shaped bone between your low back and buttocks), often 4 fingers below your belly button

Associated Body Parts: Hips, pelvis, lower abdomen

Color: Orange

Element: Water

Sound: VAM

Sense: Taste

Focus: Pleasure, desires, emotions, movement, healthy sexuality

When Spinning Slowly, you may feel: Guilt, emotionally numb, insensitive, fearing change, lack of desire, lack of passion, boredom, excessive boundaries

When Spinning Too Quickly, you may feel: Instability, mood swings, emotional dependency, lack of boundaries/invasive, addiction to sex and stimulation

When Spinning Efficiently, you’ll feel: Accepting, nurturing, graceful movement, ready to embrace change, ability to enjoy pleasure, excitement, passion, healthy boundaries, emotional intelligence

While desires are natural + necessary, they can certainly get out-of-whack!

Suppressed or repressed desires can lead to a physical feeling of stiffness and an emotional inability to experience pleasure (which can also express itself physically). You may also feel a lack of motivation or inspiration – a mental stuck-ness.

On the other side of the spectrum, too much desire is like a flooded river – no direction, no containment, extremely destructive, and incapable of redirecting its energy.

When we start to lean toward one extreme or the other, that’s when the feelings of guilt + lack of satisfaction kick in, which lead to our major downfall: cravings. We crave, then consume, feel guilty, which keeps us from feeling satisfied, so we crave move, consume more … a nasty cycle.

If you experience any of the symptoms of your svadhisthana chakra spinning too slow or out-of-control (a.k.a. the craving cycle!), there are a number of easy + delightful things you can do to help it return to spinning efficiently:

  • Embrace Orange: Of all the colors in the world, orange is the one that I have least of in my life. That being said, just a little orange goes a long way + adding it into your daily life can help to spark creativity, focused passion, and emotional balance. Some ideas: post-it notes, flowers, your wallet, a bracelet, or an outdoor photograph on your desk (bonus: it’ll help keep your muladhara happy too!).
  • Get Wet: Liquid water is like liquid gold when your desire spikes or drops. Drink it, bathe in it, swim in it – let your unhealthy desires leech out of you + focus on moving with the flow of the water. When you’re hydrated, inside and out, life’s pleasures and a passionate, focused ambition are sure to follow.
  • Helpful Asana: Being so closely located to your muladhara chakra, some of the same postures can be beneficial for your svadhisthana chakra too. While there is still a focus on creating movement + space within your pelvis, you want to balance this action with strength + “containment” – healthy hips have a large range-of-motion, but there are always limits. Suggestions: Trikonasana (Triangle),  Navasana (Boat), Salabhasana (Locust), Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle), Balasana (Child’s Pose)

From natural instincts to passionate desires, our first two chakras can be quite intense and rightfully so – we need a powerful, well-focused flow to keep traveling upward energetically, physically, emotionally, mentally … etc.

Up nextManipura a.k.a your Solar Plexus Chakra (stay tuned!)

Catching up? Read PART 1 + PART 2 in the Chakras 101 series.



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