In Sanskrit, the second chakra is called Svadisthana, which translates as "one's own place or base," indicating just how crucial this chakra is in our lives. It is illustrated with six petals and situated along the Sushumna (the central canal that corresponds to the spine in the physical body)in the genital area.The mantra of Svadisthana chakra is Vam.
The tasks of the second chakra include allowing for emotional and sensual movement in our life, opening to pleasure, and learning how to "go with the flow." Associated with the hips, sacrum, lower back, genitals, womb, bladder, and kidneys, this chakra is involved with sensuality, sexuality, emotions, intimacy, and desire. All watery things about us have to do with this chakra: circulation, urination, menstruation, orgasm, tears.
Symptoms of a second chakra deficiency include fear of pleasure, being out of touch with feelings, and resistance to change. Sexual problems and discomfort in the lower back, hips, and reproductive organs can also signify that this chakra needs some kind attention.Second chakra asanas help us with adaptability and receptivity.
Asana sequence for balancing your second Svadisthana chakra (The Sacral chakra).
Malasana(Garland Pose),Gomukhasana(Cow Face Pose),Baddha Konasana(Bound Angle Pose), Upavistha Konasana(Open Angle Pose), Akarna Dhanurasana(The shooting bow), the first stage of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana(Pigeon Pose), Utthita Triconasana(Triangle), Utthita Parsvakonasana(Extended side angle pose), Varibhadrasana II(Warrior II), Parsvottanasana(Pyramid pose), Prasarita Padottanasana( Wide-legged forward bend), Parighasana(Gate Pose), Bhujangasana(Cobra), Shalabhasana(The Locust Rose), Makarasana(Crocodile pose), Chaturanga dandasana(Four-limbed staff pose), Paripurna Navasana( Full boat pose), Ardha Navasana (Half boat pose), Ardha Matsyendasana( Half lord of the fishes pose).
End your session with peaceful restorative poses like, Supta Baddha Konasana (Goddess pose), Savasana (Corpse Pose), Balasana (Child's Pose)and Ananda Balasana(Happy Baby Pose)
These leg asanas,hip and groin openers all provide freedome of movement in the pelvis. Your hips and groins should never be forced.
Our lives give us plenty of opportunities to express ourselves and be active. In our yoga practice, we need to make sure we complement this with relaxation and receptivity. Harmony requires balance. In yoga, that means creating a practice that combines strength and flexibility, effort and surrender. Any imbalance in your yoga practice will be mirrored in your chakras.
Enjoy your Svadisthana chakra sequence! Namaste