“I embrace and celebrate my sexuality. My sexuality is sacred. Life is pleasurable.”
our Sacral Chakra
by Jenn Collotta
As we move up and away from the earthly, root chakra, we move towards the watery, sacral chakra. Our second chakra, svadhisthana (sweetness), is our center for feeling, creativity and fluid movement. Once balanced in our foundation of who we are, we travel up towards the svadhisthana to experience pleasure, develop healthy sexual boundaries and express our emotions. When balanced in our second chakra, we display emotional intelligence, healthy boundaries, and freedom in self-expression. When imbalanced, we may experience rigidity in physical movement, a denial of pleasure, emotional dependence, or sexual deviance.
Physically, our second chakra governs the region of our hips, our center for mobility, as well as our reproductive organs. Prana flows through our second chakra like water, gifting us with graceful movement and adaptability to change. The psoas, our fight or flight muscle, is responsible for running away from danger or potentially facing it head on when we are unable to run. In our modern day, there isn’t as much life-threatening danger as there once was; yet perceived danger is still very real. Stress-inducing emails, traffic, or conversations with a loved one can create the same energetic response within our body, activating our psoas muscle in preparation for flight or fight. If we aren’t given the space to express the emotions (Energy in Motion) within us, over time, our hips become the storehouse for trapped prana, causing rigidity in movement and a lack of flexibility in the hips. To restore balance to our second chakra, our physical asana practice will focus primarily on our hips to bring energy and awareness back to this area.
Emotionally, svadhisthana reigns over our senses and openness towards free play. As children, we are naturally connected to our second chakra, as we come to know the world through our senses and experimental play. As we grow, we learn to distinguish between things that bring us pleasure and those that cause us pain. Naturally drawn towards sensory experiences that make us feel good, we form desires to repeat behaviors that give us pleasure. Through cultural influence, as adults we learn to equate maturity with the ability to deny pleasure and delay gratification. Cutting ourselves off from our senses and our freedom to play, our second chakra becomes inhibited and our passion and excitement for life begins to wane.
Our relationship, or lack thereof, to our sexuality is linked to the development and nourishment of our svadhisthana chakra. In a society where sex has been so publicly demonized, it is easy to develop an unhealthy relationships to the sacredness of sensuality and sexuality. In reclaiming our sacral chakra, we must honor our basic need for touch and our desires for healthy sexual contact. To restore balance in our second chakra, we must be willing to analyze the ways in which we regard pleasure, sensuality, and sexuality. Often, this leads us to a deeper understanding of our upbringing. How was play regarded in our household? Do we feel that we deserve pleasure in our lives? Do we have a healthy relationship with our sexuality? Through svadhyaya, we can begin to bring balance back to our second chakra.
Mantras to offer healing: I deserve pleasure in my life. I honor the information that I receive from my feelings. I embrace and celebrate my sexuality. My sexuality is sacred. Life is pleasurable.
Born in the heart of Boston, Jenn’s path to yoga began in college as she looked for ways to find balance in her life. She began practicing in 2009 and got her teaching certification in 2013. Since then she has taught thousands of classes as a full-time yoga instructor and has led numerous 200-hour trainings as an E-RYT.
Along with yoga, Jenn enjoys hiking the beautiful mountains of Hawai’i, which she now calls home, and being outdoors in nature. She loves creating, sharing and inspiring and hopes to do just that here at The Source Yoga + Wellness.