Last time, we discussed the first of the physical chakras, the Muladhara, and how it governs safety, stability, and security. This time, let’s discuss the domains of creativity, passion, and sexual virility, and the chakra that governs them all: the Svadhisthana.
What is the Svadhisthana?
The second of the physical chakras, the Svadhisthana is located above the pubic bone, just below the navel, and affects the entire genital region. Translated from Hindu, it means “where the self dwells”, which is appropriate since this chakra is what causes feelings of wellness, happiness, wealth, and pleasure. The element of this chakra is water, and is also the element of cohesiveness and being together with the self. The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.
The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. But the most important domain of the Svadhisthana is personal creativity, which is also what leads this chakra to open.
Creativity and the second chakra
Creation is creativity are part of human nature. Anything that involves creation, whether it be procreating the human race, painting, cooking, problem solving, anything that involves taking raw materials or ideas, whether it be physical or mental, and transform it to something new, is governed by the second chakra.
One of the challenges of modern life is that creative efforts are either discouraged or hard to execute, as more and more the rigors of modern life and the socio-economic challenges it brings forces us to diverge from this path. Oftentimes this phase ends at art class, for many people, and we turn into less creative beings, pigeonholed to being creative only for work. And as adults, we become used to simply conforming to what is told to us to be right, or what the trends are, or what’s acceptable to our peers.
And this is why for many people, the second chakra is either blocked, closed, or out of balance. When we are then asked to abstractly create anything new, we encounter problems in doing so. Which is ironic, since many of the modern professions require people to be able to do this on a whim!
Svadhisthana chakra is shown as having six petals, bearing the Sanskrit letters ba, bha, ma, ya, ra, and la. The seed sound in the centre is vam.
1.) Hip opening yoga asanas and postures – Yoga asanas that help to open and align Svadhisthana are
- Seated pelvic circles: Sitting in a cross-legged or half-lotus pose with your hands on your knees, make circles with your torso. Go around in one direction 5 or 6 times and then switch directions.
- Baddha konasana (butterfly pose) with forward fold: In a seated position, bring the bottoms of your feet together. Let your knees drop to the sides and bring your heels in close to your pelvis. Lengthen the torso and fold forward.
- Bhujangasana (cobra pose): Lie on your stomach with your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands under your shoulders and slowly lift your head, chest, and abdomen while keeping your naval on the floor. Be sure to press down through the pubic bone toward the mat.
2.) Dance – dancing is one of the best physical ways to open the second chakra. It doesn’t matter which style or genre of dance you do, as long as your body is moving to the flow of music. This is because dancing incorporates mental creativity with physical creativity and thus stimulates the chakra.
3.) Vam mantra – chanting the mantra “VAM” during meditation, yoga practice, or even simple silence sessions will help open and align the chakra. When doing this, make sure that the vibrations resonate and are felt throughout your body.
4.) The color orange – orange is the second chakra’s color. During meditation, imagining an orange light at the lower abdomen helps open the chakra. As well, wearing the color orange, eating oranges, carrots, squash, and other similarly colored foods, as well as aphrodisiac foods can help stimulate the chakra.
5.) Improving your sexual life – having regular sexual interaction with your partner will open up the second chakra. And as the second chakra opens, so will your sexual life improve. It builds on top of itself!
6.) Listening to music – your favorite or preferred genre of music will help stimulate the second chakra.