What are Chakras Part 2: Svadisthana

It’s our second week of learning about our chakras. Last week we focused on the Muladhara Chakra, the foods, self healing and much more on how to stabilise and strengthen your core Root. This week we will be moving onto the second chakra in life force which is the Svadisthana.

Svadisthana (The Sacral Chakra)Svadisthana Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is positioned on the lower abdomen approximately 4cms below the navel. The Sanskrit word Svadisthana literally means “sweetness”, therefore relating to our emotional bodies which rule our creativity, fertility and relationship (sexual and emotional) abilities.

Be it creative: the birth of ideas, or reproductive: the birth of a child, this chakra is seen as experiencing life through feelings and sensations.

Symptoms of an Unbalanced Sacral Chakra

The main indicator here is the lack of energy flow across the entire body. You may feel sluggish, mild depression, lazy and lonely. Physical symptoms include lower back pain, kidney and urinary infections as well as eating disorders, low self confidence and erratic emotions.


You can create your own affirmations to unleash the power of your sacral chakra. These are just a few examples of how to uplift and energise your Svadisthana. I feel. I love my body. I feel joyful. I feel creative. I accept myself. I am at peace. I allow my intuition to guide me in everything that I do.

Not only do these simple words fill you with positive energy, the also unlock your creativity from deep within.


Svadisthana Sunset

Picture a beautiful serene sunset or sunrise. Envision this light shining from your lower back and abdomen. Breathe in and out slowly and feel the energy absorb through your spine, into your sacral chakra.


Since it is aligned with the element of water, it is given that plenty of fresh water is fundamental to this chakra. Incorporate orange fruit and vegetables such as mangoes, oranges, carrots, pumpkin and squash into your diet; as well as healthy fats like nuts, seeds, fish (which are high in omega 3) and coconut oil. All of which nourish the sacral chakra.


Essential oils used to awaken this chakra include Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Bergamot, Orange, and Myrrh.

Chakra Mudra

Svadisthana Dhyana Mudra

Place your left palm over the right palm making the right hand the cradle. Now, slowly press the tips of your thumbs together. Chant the VAM mantra.

Chakra Healing Tips

  • Meditate and visualise the colour orange over your sacral chakra
  • Yoga poses; specifically the cobra and butterfly pose
  • Maintaining a healthy sex life
  • Understand, accept and deal with your emotions in a healthy manner
  • Breathing and exercise should be part of your daily routine

Healing with Nature

Because the Svadisthana is a water element, being close to water (relaxing on the beach, watching a sunset overlooking a lake) or being completely immersed in water (swimming) would benefit and recharge your chakra naturally.

In our next article, we discuss the Solar Plexus Chakra which is associated with fire.

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