Sacral Chakra Swadhisthana

Sacral chakra healing is essential for the health of other chakras. This is because cleansing, unblocking, and opening Sacral Chakra help balance your energy. You have most likely experienced different methods of connecting your mind, body, and spirit. From cleansing your Swadhisthana chakra to awakening kundalini, there are many ways to strengthen your mind-body connection to pursue a peaceful, happy life.

One of the most accessible and fulfilling philosophies derives from Tantra’s chakra systems. Therefore, the most common chakra followings use a seven-chakra system to illuminate your body’s path to health and spirituality. Moreover, the subtle body’s second energy, the sacral chakra, is integral to this seven-chakra balance. It is the root of your creativity, pleasure, and self-confidence, affecting your sexuality and sensuality.

A woman meditating for sacral chakra opening and
sacral chakra cleansing

The Sacral Chakra Swadhisthana Etymology, History, and Overview

Swadhisthana or Svadhisthana Chakra

Overall, energy flows through the chakras from the bottom – the root chakra – up. Here is an exploration of the second chakra, Svadhisthana.

First, let’s answer another question: what is the 2nd chakra called? “Chakra” itself means “wheel” in Sanskrit, and the Sanskrit name of this energy center is “Swadhisthana” (or Svadhisthana), which means “where the self is established.” The name comes from the Sanskrit root “Sva,” meaning “self,” and “adhisthana,” meaning “dwelling.” It is also called Adhishthan, Shaddala, or the sacral, pelvic, or bladder chakra because of its location relative to the physical body. In English the sacral chakra pronunciation is “sa-cral chuk-ra.” In Sanskrit, it is “Svahd-his-ṭhah-na.”

Now, taking this information together, it is easier to understand what is our second chakra. To sum up, is it the wheel-shaped energy center that sits between the first and third chakras at the sacral region of the spine.

The Sacral Chakra Etymology

The sacral chakra is also known by its Sanskrit name, Svadhishthana, “swa,” meaning “one’s own,” and “adhishthana,” meaning “seat” or “abode.” Some followers translate it as “the dwelling place of the self.” Alternatively, “swad” in Sanskrit means to “take pleasure in,” which is also appropriate for this chakra. Moreover, Svadhishthana’s other Tantra names include adhisthana, Bhima, Shatpatra, and Wari Chakra. In the Vedas, it’s referred to as Medhra.



The current-day New Age chakra energy centers, including the Svadhisthana chakra, are derivations of a 16th-century Sanskrit text. However, earlier works that are actual Tantra scriptures use chakra systems that acknowledge several different chakra systems. But, what seems to remain constant over the centuries are chakras and metaphysical energy centers centered in the lower abdomen, like the Svadhisthana chakra, the heart, and the crown.



Svadhishthana centers your passion, desire, sexuality, and self-confidence. Therefore,  Svadhishthana is the energy center for enjoyment, connection, and intimacy, located in the reproductive area just above the root chakra.

Additionally, this second chakra is associated with an orange and a six-petal lotus flower. Corresponding aromas for this chakra often draw from its color and floral symbol, using scents like tangerine and ylang-ylang to address the energy center. Moreover, this chakra corresponds to the water element and features associations with the physical body in the genitals, bladder, kidney, and womb. Unsurprising given its location and energy relationships, the Svadhisthana chakra is associated with the sex and reproductive glands.

symbol of the orange chakra, swadhisthana chakra,
svadhisthana chakra

Balance Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra Balance and Imbalance

If you enjoy a well-balanced Swadhisthana chakra, you experience emotions fully and appropriately. Also, you find pleasure in your body’s sensations, whether the feel of sand crunching between your toes on the beach or a compassionate shoulder squeeze. But, most importantly, you embrace your passion for creativity and transformation.

Similarly, an imbalanced Svadhishthana manifests in various energy-blocking issues, both for over-stimulated chakras and underactive Svadhishthanas. Here are some of those clues that your chakra may be imbalanced:

  • Overactive Sacral Chakra

If the energy center represented by your Swadhisthana chakra is too free-flowing and overactive, you may experience several issues, including:


  1. emotional mood swings
  2. excessive sexual urges or, conversely, sexual disinterest
  3. low back pain
  4. overly attached to people
  5. muscle tension
  • Underactive Sacral Chakra

If your Swadhisthana chakra is blocked to a normal energy flow or is sluggish. You might experience the following:


  1. a feeling of lethargy
  2. frigidity
  3. fear of pleasure or platonic or sexual relationships
  4. stymied creativity
  5. inability to connect with others
  6. a generally negative attitude about life, yourself, and your goals
A man and a woman meditating to balance sacral chakra

Unblocking Sacral Chakra

Whether attempting to balance or unblock all seven chakra energies or working on awakening kundalini, your sacral chakra healing is vital. Here are a few ways you can try to restore your chakra’s balance by unblocking it:


  • Kundalini yoga and other yogic asanas can help to focus your attention on
    chakra healing. For example, Cobra, butterfly, lotus, and warrior poses are common asanas to help your sacral energy flow and balance. Many people also find that aromatherapy can help to intensify the experience.
  • Additionally, you can place essential oils like orange, tangerine, neroli, and cardamom in a diffuser for a sacral chakra healing aromatherapy and meditation session. If you choose, use the mantra VAM; its vibrations are associated with opening and aligning sacral energy centers.
  • On the other hand, you can use crystals or stones if you find pleasure in using them. For example, amber, orange calcite, clear crystal, and carnelian are most often associated with this chakra.
Sacral Chakra Swadhisthana

Sacral Chakra Healing, Opening and Cleansing

 How Do I Know If My Sacral Chakra Is Open And I Am Successful In My Sacral Chakra Healing?


You’ve meditated, chanted, listened to music, worn orange crystals, and eaten a healthy diet to improve sacral chakra healing. And you have done everything you can to activate, heal, open, clear, and balance your swadhisthana chakra. Now what? 

Of course, depending on the nature of the issue you experience, some might result from the sacral chakra activation. Moreover, these sensations can be irritating and make you wonder about the nature of your second chakra. However, the unpleasant feeling or emotions brought to the surface can be precisely what you need to work on. This is because your sacral chakra is the seat of your emotions. Hence, some heavy feelings that need dealing with might arise. It is true that getting the sacral chakra open can be confronting while revealing the emotional patterns that don’t work for us.

Some sacral chakra-clearing symptoms can be both uplifting and challenging. For example, they may include:

  • A need to face old trauma.

  • Experiencing joy rooted in the self instead of external objects or people.

  • Desire to take responsibility for your actions.

  • You are opening to your sexuality and sexual expression.

Indeed, these sacral chakra opening symptoms can be hard to cope with, particularly ones related to sexuality, trauma, and accountability. However, part of cleansing sacral chakra energy is accepting these as part of the growth and activation process, knowing that you will be more fulfilled by resolving them. The sacral chakra is the seat of our earthly pleasure and creativity. To summarize, knowing how to open and balance your body’s energy centers can help you live a longer, happier, healthier life.

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