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You are a mighty river. You flow through challenges when necessary, but you can just as easily find a new path. You ride the waves of a rich and ever-changing life. Tap into the watery energy of Svadhistana Chakra to cultivate resilience and adaptability.
Translated to “one’s own abode,” Svadhistana is the origin of consciousness, creative energy, and intimacy - our inner home. A sensuous, orange hue, the second chakra represents your emotional, sensorial and sexual health. Physically, it symbolizes the reproductive organs, sense of taste and all things watery in the body. Svadhistana resides at the sacrum, two fingers above the root — a potent position between the grounding First Chakra and the fiery Third Chakra.
When balanced, Svadisthana helps you to ride life’s waves with grace and dignity. Its fluid motion helps you to relate to change with interest and curiosity rather than resistance. When you are open and receptive, you will find that life is much more pleasurable as you pause and enjoy what the world has to offer.
A depleted second chakra results in fear of intimacy and resistance to change. An overcharged Svadhistana drives emotional drama, poor boundaries, sexual addiction, and a never-ending quest for pleasure.
To harmonize and balance Svadhistana, cultivate strength and flexibility in the hips, lower back, and lower abdomen. Strengthening postures such as cobra and locust can stimulate the chakra. To release it, try pigeon, hanumanasana, bound angle and wide leg folds. Particular potent for this chakra are yogi squat and goddess pose: they each strengthen the legs (stimulating Muladhara) while opening Svadhistana.
On the energetic plane, connect your thumb and ring fingers while sitting in siddhasana, and let your voice ring, “VWAM.” Center your attention on the swirling, orange disc as you breathe deeply into your lower abdomen.
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