seven Chakras provide us with a wonderful road map for how to age gracefully.
Our second chakra is Svadhisthana. The color is orange, the element is water, the energy is connection. While the Root chakra is satisfied with survival, the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure, enjoyment, and connection to others through the flow and movement represented by water.
chakra is the center of our passion, sensation, feelings, emotions, pleasure,
intimacy, connections, movement, and change. The water element is the flow of
our creativity, our sweat, and our tears. It’s the fluid movement of our water
that defines the Sacral chakra.
define our core reaction to an event. Our feelings are the thoughts, beliefs,
and stories the emotion arouses.
chakra is our touch. Without touch, we become ‘out of touch’. The Root is our
grounding, the Sacral is our movement, our flow. We move from earth to water,
from solid to liquid; fluid flow.
Location of Your Sacral Chakra
chakra is located between the pubic bone and navel in the front of the body and
at the sacrum in the lower back. The organs affected by the second chakra are the
ovaries, lower digestive tract, lower back, and the hips.
of physical fluids in our bodies is governed by the Sacral chakra. It is also the
area of our feelings and wisdom. We literally feel some things ‘in our gut’.
Aging and the Sacral Chakra
of our chakras gives us messages as we go through life. An unbalanced Sacral chakra
can feel like a low back ache or an issue in the lower digestive tract. When
there is pain or emptiness in our senses, our Sacral chakra shuts down.
we age, we can become less fluid as our emotions ebb and flow. As Pema Chodron
says, “no feeling is permanent.” Even our connection to others changes.
experience the deaths of our loved ones. Our relationships change as our
spouses and partners age, our friends might move or become less able to enjoy
what we enjoy, our children don’t really need our care and are busy with their
own sexuality changes. We may not have an intimate partner, or we feel less
sexual desires. Our bodies are changing – a few droops, a bit of a wrinkle, a
sag here and there. We may regret not pursuing passions of our youth.
this chakra is out of balance, negative emotions fester within us, sitting in
our gut, decomposing slowly. We all know people who are unable to let go of
anger and carry resentment for months and even years. These negative emotions
settle in the second chakra, turning it toxic.
we entertain negative thoughts, the more diminished the zest of our Sacral chakra.
We must be aware and bring the passion, the movement, the flow in our lives,
especially as we age.
Color of Your Sacral Chakra
color orange is the color of joy, enthusiasm, and creativity and promotes a
general sense of wellness. Orange is composed of red and yellow in equal parts,
and it is a color of vitality and strength.
is the color of success and relates to self-respect and having the ability to
give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves as we expand our interests and
activities. Orange is an emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses,
helps to remove inhibitions, and makes us independent and social.
the energy of flow and movement is our Sacral chakra, its shadow side is guilt.
Guilt curtails the free flow of movement by removing the pleasure. We
experience the guilt of not being enough in our connection to others.
need to accept the reality that certain things happened in the past, and we
need to forgive ourselves for the actions that hurt us or somebody else.
lesson the Sacral chakra teaches is that every relationship we create, from the
casual to the most intimate, has a purpose, no matter how painful, to help us
become more aware.
Balancing the Sacral Chakra as We Age
our Sacral chakra keeps it in balance. When we are constricted, our flow is
limited. When we let go, we carry the excitement through our whole body. Once
we are secure in who we are from our Root, we can move, connect, and explore
the inner flow of our passions and the outer flow of our movement.
interesting to note how many women over 60 love Zumba, line dancing, tap or any
kind of movement. We have a desire for the movement, the zing, and the joy of
connecting with that part of ourselves, our natural flow!
orange food, wear orange clothing, celebrate the connections you have!
Overabundant Sacral Chakra
excessive Sacral chakra makes us overly self-centered, manipulative, and
self-serving, disregarding the needs of others. Pride, arrogance, and becoming
needy of others’ attention.
Lacking Sacral Chakra
deficient Sacral chakra is cold, distrustful, timid or shy, and overly
sensitive. If you become introverted, are unable to show emotions, worry about
others’ opinion, fear pleasure, and deny yourself things that make you feel
good, you are suffering from low Sacral chakra.
It’s All About Balance
balanced Sacral chakra creates graceful movements, emotional intelligence,
ability to experience pleasure and change, and maintain healthy boundaries.
Here are some gentle yoga movements to replenish and awaken an unbalanced Sacral chakra:
- Barrel circles
- Hip circles
- Moving sacrum and pelvis forward and back
- Simple loose movements
- Kidney slap
- Head to knee
- Windshield wiper legs
- Moving bridge
As we become aware of our Sacral chakra, let’s repeat the affirmation:
Life is pleasurable, and I deserve it.
is the default state of your Sacral chakra? Do you need to balance it? What
exercises do you do to balance your Sacral chakra? What effects have you
noticed on your feelings, connections and self-esteem? Please share in the