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Sacral Chakra

I Feel

Wellness. Sexuality. Creativity.

Svadisthana (meaning “sweetness,” or “one’s abode of Shakti”)

The sacral chakra or Svadhishana means “the place of the self.” Guided by the core values of delight, fervor, and enjoyment, the Sacral Chakra is often referred to as “the emotional epicenter”. This chakra plays a critical role in our emotional health and prosperity. It is by maintaining equilibrium in the sacral chakra that we can successfully start, cultivate, and sustain flourishing relationships. Its representative element is water, symbolizing our capacity to adapt and navigate the currents of life. The Sacral Chakra is intricately linked to our creative energy, sensual experiences, and sexual expression.

The six petals symbolize the six impediments to achieving equilibrium in the Svadhisthana Chakra. These barriers include emotions and behaviors such as anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, cruelty, and laziness.

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Characteristics of the 

Sacral Chakra

When the Sacral Chakra is open and balanced, an individual feels passionate, creative, and vibrant. They have a healthy relationship with their emotions and can express their sexuality freely and respectfully. When it’s blocked or imbalanced, one might feel a lack of creativity, emotional instability, or have issues related to sexuality and relationships.

Characteristics of a balanced 

Sacral Chakra


  • Sustaining healthy relationships and connections
  • Setting and respecting healthy boundaries
  • Emotional awareness and engagement
  • Adaptability and flexibility in life’s journey
  • Reproductive health
  • Fostering creativity
  • Embodying joyfulness and playfulness
  • Enjoying pleasure without accompanying guilt
  • Comfort in one’s sexual identity
  • Recognition of inner and outer beauty
  • Openness to emotional vulnerability















Characteristics of an Imbalanced

Sacral Chakra


An imbalanced Sacral Chakra can manifest in various ways on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Here are some potential symptoms of an imbalanced Sacral Chakra:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Lower back pain or stiffness
  • Reproductive issues or irregularities
  • Urinary problems
  • Kidney dysfunctions
  • Sexual dysfunction or lack of libido

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Low self-worth
  • Dependency or co-dependency
  • Feelings of guilt or shame, especially around pleasure

Mental Symptoms:

  • Creativity blocks
  • Difficulty adapting to change
  • Lack of motivation or passion

Spiritual Symptoms:

  • Disconnection from one’s own body
  • Feeling out of touch with one’s emotions and desires
  • Not honoring one’s body or seeing it as sacred

It’s important to mention that just because these symptoms are present, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Sacral Chakra is imbalanced. Various other factors can contribute to these signs. Nevertheless, if someone is showing multiple of these symptoms, considering sacral Chakra balancing methods or seeking advice from a holistic or energy healer might be helpful.

Associated With:

The Sacral Chakra is associated with creative nature, sexuality, sensuality, passion, pleasure, enjoyment, your emotions, self-expression and your relationships.

Chakra Development:

This chakra matures between the ages of 12 to 48 months, yet its health can be influenced at any time throughout one’s lifespan.

When Balanced:

When the Sacral Chakra is in valance: A well-balanced sacral chakra manifests as graceful movements and high emotional intelligence. It endows the ability to enjoy pleasure, fosters self-nurturance as well as caring for others, and gives you the flexibility and adaptability to deal with change. Additionally, a balanced sacral chakra allows for the formation of healthy personal and intimate relationships, as well as the ability to set healthy boundaries.

When Underactive:

When the Sacral Chakra is underactive or deficient: Signs of an underactive sacral chakra can include rigidity in both physical movements and attitudes, an aversion or fear of sexual intimacy, and a disconnection from one’s emotions. Other indications may be underdeveloped social skills, denial of pleasure, an excessive setting of boundaries, fear of change, lack of passion or excitement, and emotional distance.

When Overactive:

When the Sacral Chakra is overactive or excessive: On the flip side, an overactive sacral chakra may cause an abundance of sexual energy, leading to potential sexual addiction. It may also result in heightened sensitivity, extreme emotional swings akin to bipolar disorder, emotional dependency, and obsessive attachment. Other symptoms include weak boundaries and the use of seductive manipulation.

Causes of Blocks:

Fears such as being spiritually forsaken, losing one’s identity, and losing connection with others. Incidents of sexual abuse and trauma experienced during birth.

Chakra Traumas:

Sacral Chakra traumas encompass experiences of sexual abuse, emotional neglect or mistreatment, physical abuse, dismissal of a child’s feelings, and family issues related to alcoholism.

To learn more about open, closed, and blocked Chakra states, check out our Chakra Overview post: Understanding the Chakra System: A Comprehensive Overview.

Sacral Chakra

Healing Strategies:

  • Enhance your sacred space with a bowl of water, an item in orange color, and something that gratifies your senses like incense or aromatherapy.
  • Spend quality time near or in bodies of water.
  • Indulge in a therapeutic salt bath.
  • Incorporate more orange into your wardrobe.
  • Engage in activities that bring you joy and happiness.
  • Increase your fluid intake, such as water, herbal teas, or juices.
  • Take pleasure in your meals, paying special attention to their tastes, flavors, and aromas.
  • Include orange-colored foods in your diet, like oranges or carrots.
  • Cultivate personal relationships, whether it’s with family, friends, or self-care practices.
  • Make it a practice to identify your own and others’ emotions, and learn to distinguish between them for healthier emotional boundaries.
  • Seek emotional therapies, which could involve consulting a therapist or discussing your feelings with a trusted confidant.
  • Take part in creative arts that allow for self-expression.
  • Experiment with free-form movement.
  • Enjoy dancing as a form of exercise and expression.
  • Try Yin Yoga and hip-opening exercises, such as Lunges, Shoelace, Pigeon, or Reclined Bound Angle Pose.
  • Practice hip circles and Cat-Cow poses, either seated or on your hands and knees.
  • Perform the Dhyana Mudra: rest your right hand in your left, touching your thumbs lightly. Place your hands on or in front of the sacral chakra. This mudra facilitates meditative absorption and helps to balance the sacral chakra.
  • Engage in sacral chakra meditation: focus on your sacral chakra, visualize the color orange, and chant a suitable mantra or affirmation.

Chakra Healing Affirmations

  • “I am in touch with my feelings I deserve pleasure in my life”
  • “I embrace and celebrate my sexuality”
  • “I move easily and effortlessly”
  • “I am joyful and creative”

Chakra Healing Crystals/Stones:

Coral, Citrine, Orange Carnellan, Orange Calcite, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Fire Opal, Bronzite, Sunstone, Orange Moonstone, Goldstone, Snowflake Obsidian

Chakra Healing Essential Oils:

Jasmine, Rosewood, Rose, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Cardamom, Orange, Patchouli, Yang Ylang, Neroli, Bergamot

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