SACRAL CHAKRA LECTURE

So today we’re going to be talking about Svadhisthana chakra, the sacral chakra.

As the name suggests, this chakra is located at the sacrum, which is a bone structure that’s shaped kind of like an inverted triangle and it’s located at the base of the lumbar spine. The sacrum is connected to the pelvis. And like we talked about in the previous lectures, the chakras are not one dimensional things. They radiate in all directions. So the sacral chakra includes the sacrum, but it really encompasses the entire pelvis as well as the reproductive organs. 


This chakra is closely tied to our sexuality, which is what most people think of first when they think of this chakra. And we’ll definitely talk about it, but it’s so much more than just that.


So muladhara chakra, the root chakra, which we talked about last month, is all about physical safety and creating a stable foundation. It’s a very masculine type of energy. Very grounded. Earthy. Stable. And the sacral chakra has more of a feminine energy. It’s represented by the water element so whereas the root chakra, the masculine energy, is all about stability, the sacral chakra is about tapping into our flow state. We can visualize this kind of like a river, the masculine energy is like the riverbank, the earth that holds space for the water, the feminine, as it flows. 

So the sacral chakra is very connected to our creativity. Our femininity. Our sensuality. Which is about so much more than just sex. It’s about moving in the direction of pleasure and letting our life force energy flow freely. 

Balancing this chakra is going to be really important especially for those of us who live with chronic pain.

Whenever we experience pain, it’s almost always evidence of energy stagnating in the body. So balancing the sacral chakra is going to bring more softness into the body. It’s going to allow our energy to flow more freely. It’s going to increase our ability to experience sensory pleasure, whether we’re embodying that in a sexual context or just in the way we flow through life, in the way we interact with our environment. When the sacral chakra is balanced and open, all of our senses come alive. Colors become more vibrant. Food tastes better. Music becomes a full-body experience. 


So yes, balancing the sacral chakra can definitely improve your sex life. But this is because you’re awakening your life-force energy and giving yourself permission to fully embody the pleasure and bliss that is the pure essence of your soul. And this can translate into every area of your life. 

LECTURE LENGTH: 20 MINUTES


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

So today we’re going to be talking about Svadhisthana chakra, the sacral chakra.

As the name suggests, this chakra is located at the sacrum, which is a bone structure that’s shaped kind of like an inverted triangle and it’s located at the base of the lumbar spine. The sacrum is connected to the pelvis. And like we talked about in the previous lectures, the chakras are not one dimensional things. They radiate in all directions. So the sacral chakra includes the sacrum, but it really encompasses the entire pelvis as well as the reproductive organs. 


This chakra is closely tied to our sexuality, which is what most people think of first when they think of this chakra. And we’ll definitely talk about it, but it’s so much more than just that.


So muladhara chakra, the root chakra, which we talked about last month, is all about physical safety and creating a stable foundation. It’s a very masculine type of energy. Very grounded. Earthy. Stable. And the sacral chakra has more of a feminine energy. It’s represented by the water element so whereas the root chakra, the masculine energy, is all about stability, the sacral chakra is about tapping into our flow state. We can visualize this kind of like a river, the masculine energy is like the riverbank, the earth that holds space for the water, the feminine, as it flows. 


So the sacral chakra is very connected to our creativity. Our femininity. Our sensuality. Which is about so much more than just sex. It’s about moving in the direction of pleasure and letting our life force energy flow freely. 


Balancing this chakra is going to be really important especially for those of us who live with chronic pain.


Whenever we experience pain, it’s almost always evidence of energy stagnating in the body. So balancing the sacral chakra is going to bring more softness into the body. It’s going to allow our energy to flow more freely. It’s going to increase our ability to experience sensory pleasure, whether we’re embodying that in a sexual context or just in the way we flow through life, in the way we interact with our environment. When the sacral chakra is balanced and open, all of our senses come alive. Colors become more vibrant. Food tastes better. Music becomes a full-body experience. 


So yes, balancing the sacral chakra can definitely improve your sex life. But this is because you’re awakening your life-force energy and giving yourself permission to fully embody the pleasure and bliss that is the pure essence of your soul. And this can translate into every area of your life. 


The feminine energy is playful and wild and alive. It’s soft and receptive. It moves and flows in the direction of pleasure and fun, and that’s what I really want for us to be focusing on this month.


So I’d like to invite you to do a little journal exercise or just meditate on the question: How can I invite more pleasure into my life?



I think so often as chronic illness warriors we’re so consumed with the effort of reducing pain or reducing unpleasant symptoms so that our focus is on the thing that we don’t want to experience rather than focusing on pleasure and what we do want to experience. So give yourself some time to think about this. How can you invite more pleasure into your life? How can you begin to create more softness and playfulness in your life? What makes you feel alive and excited?


Whenever the sacral chakra is balanced, we’re very in touch with that aliveness. We’re connected to sensual pleasure in all its forms. We’re more creative and passionate. We authentically express our sexuality. And this fluidity and freedom rises up from the stable foundation of the root chakra. So it’s important to create that stability and safety by addressing the root chakra first. So if you haven’t listened to those lectures and classes yet, definitely go back and check them out. You can certainly work on both chakras simultaneously, but the feminine energy really blossoms within the safety and security created by the masculine. And we all have both feminine and masculine energy within us regardless of our gender.


Some signs of Weakness in this chakra would be:

infertility

reproductive issues like PMS or prostate issues

low libido

expressing sexuality inauthentically

lack of creativity or feeling blocked

feeling like you have no passion or zest for life - feeling sort of detached and apathetic

low energy

not allowing yourself to receive pleasure

feeling out of touch with your emotions



Some signs of Excess in this chakra would be:

feeling overly emotional or overwhelmed

feeling like there’s no structure or stability in your life right, so maybe you’re needing to invite in more of the masculine energy

sex or porn addiction

other addictions like binge eating, drugs, whatever else. Anything can become an addiction really.

expressing sexuality inauthentically, so maybe you’re having sex even if it’s not something you authentically want or maybe you’re using sex to try and get something else like an emotional connection


Keep in mind that we’re all unique. And it’s possible to have signs of both excess and weakness in the same chakra. So do some self-reflecting and trust your intuition. The body is so wise, so if you’re feeling pulled toward any of the tools I’m going to share with you now, my advice would be to go in the direction of that intuition. 



Balancing Practices for Weakness:


Poses to address Weakness:

hip openers like baddha konasana, bound angle pose, pigeon pose, wide-angle forward bend

fluid, vinyasa style practices where you’re flowing slowly and really feeling into your body

dancing any kind of dancing, but especially ecstatic dance where you’re exploring the natural flow and movement of your body without worrying about what it looks like


Abhyanga - self massage. This doesn’t necessarily mean self-pleasure, but it can if that’s something you’re comfortable with. Self-massage is a great way to move energy through the body. It turns on all of the nerve endings in our skin. Promotes relaxation by turning off the fight or flight response and trains the body and the nervous system to experience pleasure. Which, if you’re someone living with chronic pain, our bodies are used to sending pain signals over and over again. Those neural pathways are well-worn to the point where pain becomes a habit for the body and we’re stuck in that fight or flight state. So we have to find ways of switching out of that and tuning into our pleasure instead.


Open-mouth breathing. The jaw is very connected to the pelvis. So relaxing the jaw and breathing in and out of the mouth can help to relax the pelvis and move energy through the pelvic region. This practice can also be used during sex to help promote relaxation and arousal. And I’ll be giving you more detailed instructions for how to do this in an upcoming practice this month.


So like I mentioned before, the sacral chakra is associated with the water element. If you’re a person who feels drawn to the ocean or other bodies of water, this could be because your sacral chakra is looking for balance. Water, especially salt water is very purifying for our energy, so being around water, swimming, taking salt baths, listening to water sounds is going to be very beneficial for svadhisthana chakra.


The color for this chakra is orange. So you can wear this color, meditate on this color, use crystals or decorate your environment with it to help balance this chakra.


Anything that brings you pleasure is going to help balance a weak sacral chakra. 

You can apply this to the clothes you wear, the foods you eat, fragrances, music and sound, how you decorate your home, the activities you engage in. We all have different likes and dislikes, so this is going to be a very personal thing. So it might be worth sitting down and making a list of all of the things that bring you pleasure and giving yourself permission to indulge in them. This is the key right here. So many of us are shut down and closed off to pleasure as the result of trauma, negative life experiences. So this all has to start with giving yourself permission to receive and experience pleasure. 


You are worthy of pleasure. You are worthy of feeling good. You are worthy of having fun. You are worthy of living this life.


And if doing this feels difficult, it would be worth taking some time to explore this too. Why can’t I receive pleasure? Does receiving pleasure make me feel unsafe? If so, why? 


So we want to be really gentle about this and not be hard on yourself if this is difficult. Telling yourself that you SHOULD be having fun and you SHOULD feel pleasure and you SHOULD want to have sex or whatever else, this is not going to feel good, right? Shoulds never feel good. So stay curious, stay kind and just give yourself the invitation to start exploring pleasure. And you can start really small, ya know. Just start doing one small thing at a time and go from there.




Balancing practices for Excess:


If you feel that you have an overactive sacral chakra, I would encourage you to make time for self-reflection to explore the emotion and reasons behind why you’re engaging in certain behaviors.


A lot of times, those of us with an excessive sacral chakra have the same core problem as a person with a weak sacral chakra. It’s not that someone with an excessive sacral chakra is too connected to pleasure. It’s not that we’re too alive. Too creative. Too sensual A lot of times, when we have an overactive sacral chakra, we’re just as closed off from pleasure as a person with a weak sacral chakra. A lot of times, we’re using addictions to numb out and disconnect. Some might even use it as a way of self-harming. So if you have the signs of an overactive sacral chakra, the exercises and suggestions for weakness will probably benefit you too. 


A good visualization for an excessive sacral chakra would be to close your eyes and visualize the energy of this chakra at the pelvis and as you breathe, imagine drawing the energy up from the sacral chakra into the heart chakra. Where our mind goes, energy flows. So visualizing this helps to redirect the flow of energy through the body so it’s not getting stagnated and overflowing at the sacral chakra.


You’ll also want to make sure to address any root chakra imbalances you might have going on as well.



Balancing foods for the sacral chakra:


Orange foods.

Fruits. Fruits are basically the reproductive organs of plants. And this energy is super powerful and healing. So eat as much fruit as you want. 

Really, eat anything you want.

Deprivation and restriction stifles the flow of our life force energy.

Be mindful when you’re eating. Really allow yourself to fully receive the nourishment coming from your food. Maybe take some time before the meal to express gratitude. Engage in the sensory act of eating. Eat foods that stimulate your senses with their taste, texture, smell and appearance. Eat GOOD food.

Life is too short to eat boring, tasteless food.

So really give yourself permission to enjoy your meals. 


This goes for everyone, whether you’ve got an underactive or overactive sacral chakra.



I don't think there’s such a thing as too much pleasure. I think that life is meant to be enjoyed and savored. We’re meant to feel connected and energized and excited about our lives. 


Before we go, I’d like to invite you to chant the bija mantra for Svadhisthana chakra which is the word VAM. V-A-M. 


The vibration of this word helps to bring balance and harmony to the sacral chakra whether you say it silently to yourself or out loud. So you can just listen now or join in.


We’ll start by taking a deep breath in. And out. And now breathing in for the chant.


VAAAAAMMMMM



Thank you for joining me today. Be sure to head over to the private Facebook group to ask any questions and I will talk to you again soon.


Namaste.




HOW TO USE CRYSTALS

How do crystals work? Why should I use them? Which crystals are best for the chakras? Does using crystals make me a witch? In this audio lecture, I’ll answer all of these questions and teach you how to use and select crystals for healing.

LECTURE LENGTH: 8 MINUTES

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AUDIO TRANSCRIPT:

Before we talk about how we can use crystals to balance the chakras, we need to talk a little bit about quantum physics so that you’ll be able to understand how all of this works. It isn’t magic. It isn’t witchcraft. It isn’t hippy moony woo-woo crap. It’s straight up science.


So everything in this universe is made up of atoms. You might remember this from science class in school. The human body can be broken down into cells but within the cells are even smaller units called atoms. And these atoms can be even further broken down into three kinds of particles called protons, neutrons and electrons. 


Everything in the universe, all physical matter, is made up of these particles. And all of these atoms vibrate, and its this vibration that holds everything together.


So essentially, everything in existence is made up of the same stuff. But its the vibration, the unique frequency that determines how these atoms organize themselves. 


Everything holds a frequency. Including us. So our bodies all vibrate at a unique frequency. Everything in nature. Everything in existence vibrates at its own unique frequency.


Although we each have our own core frequency. Which is kind of like our energetic signature, our vibration can also fluctuate, depending on our thoughts, our environment, the foods we eat, the people we interact with, etc.


Having a low vibration as the result of negative thinking, environmental toxicity, stress, eating foods that aren’t nourishing and so on, can result in poor physical health. 


So our goal is to raise our vibration so that the atoms and cells in our bodies can become organized and our bodies can be healthy and we can live our best lives. 


So you know I talk about changing toxic thinking patterns all the time and it’s because our thoughts are energy. Our thoughts vibrate at their own frequency and they have the power to influence our bodies and our health by influencing our vibration. Like we talked about in the intro to the chakras lecture, the energetic body, the mental body is closely interconnected with the physical body. They communicate back and forth.


Just to illustrate how powerful this is…Scientific research has shown that you can change the vibrational frequency of a glass of water just by thinking positive thoughts toward that glass of water. You might also remember from science class that the adult human body is 60 percent water. Do you see where I’m going with this? If we can change the frequency of water with our minds, and our bodies are made up of water, this really proves that we can consciously use our minds to raise our frequency and improve our physical health. 


But this is a long journey. Our brains are designed to create patterns, neural pathways, and once these patterns are created, the more and more they’re used, the harder it is to change them. Undoing years and years of subconscious programming and rewiring our negative thinking patterns is hard work and it takes time. So while we’re working on this, it can help to introduce other tools to enhance and speed up the process.


So like we talked about, everything in the universe vibrates at a unique frequency. Including crystals. So let’s say you’re working on thinking more self-loving thoughts and you’re practicing affirmations every day during your meditation practice. In order to enhance this practice, you could hold a rose quartz stone while reciting the affirmations. The vibration of rose quartz is going to match the vibration of self love that you’re trying to create. And your body’s frequency is going to adjust to match that frequency your introducing. So you’re thinking the positive, loving thoughts consciously and the rose quartz is basically supercharging that effect. Training your vibration to match the frequency of self-love.


Technically, you could achieve the same result without using crystals. But I find that using the crystals gives us a point of focus and helps to speed up the process.


So the chakras are a part of the energetic body, but they all have their own unique frequency as well, so we can use crystals to bring the chakras into vibrational alignment which will ultimately benefit the physical body right, because everything is connected.


Generally speaking, the crystal that is going to balance a specific chakra is going to match the color of that chakra. 


So starting at the base of the spine, the root chakra would be red.

Sacral would be orange

Solar plexus would be yellow.

The heart chakra is green

The throat chakra is turquoise-blue

Third eye is indigo

Crown chakra is violet or purest crystal white.


If you go online and search crystals for the chakras, you’ll get a lot of images with suggestions, so I’m not going to list out specific crystals for you here right now. 


Also, when you’re choosing crystals to work with, it’s always best to follow your intuition. So you’re not so much choosing with your eyes or your mind. But rather feeling the energy of that crystal. You’ll feel drawn to the one that resonates with you the most. The body is infinitely wise and will always gravitate in the direction of healing. So you should always trust that intuition above everything else.



So you could use the crystals during your meditation practice just by holding the stone or crystal in your dominant hand. You can wear them as jewelry. You can set them throughout your home. You can decorate with them. You can also lie in savasana and place the crystal directly over the chakra you’re working on.


Some people say that it’s important to cleanse your crystals after each use. But crystals are always going to maintain their core frequency. So in my opinion, it’s not totally necessary. I personally don’t cleanse my crystals very often, but I think it can make you feel more connected to the crystals and stones you’re working with and kind of adds a ritual-like aspect to the practice. So you can do this by playing a singing bowl near your crystals. You can let them sit and charge in the sunlight or full moonlight. Or you can bury them in the ground for awhile. And this just helps to purify the energy.


Thanks so much for listening. As always, if you have any questions, head over to the private Facebook group and I will talk to you again soon.

ROOT CHAKRA LECTURE

In this lecture we’ll be talking about the root chakra, Muladhara chakra. 

This chakra is all about physical security. If you’ve ever looked at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, physiological needs are at the base of the pyramid. Having our physical needs met is always going to be the number one priority. We need to feel safe physically before we can think about branching out and pursuing other aspects of life. So the root chakra is really about creating this stable foundation in the physical. When this chakra is balanced, we feel safe and secure in our physical environment and in our physical bodies. We feel connected to the earth and connected to our bodies. And from that feeling of being rooted and connected, we can then feel powerful and confident enough to rise up.

LENGTH: 10 MINUTES

MENTIONED IN THIS LECTURE:

FOUR PART BREATH
REFRESHED EBOOK
EMPATH LECTURE - BOUNDARIES TO REDUCE FATIGUE


INTRO TO THE CHAKRAS LECTURE

 In this lecture, I’m going to give just a brief introduction to the chakras. I’ll be answering questions like what are the chakras? Where are they located in the body? How do they work? Why should you even care? 

The chakras are a part of a really beautiful energetic system that is so multi-faceted  and complex that even after years of studying the chakras, I am still learning. And that’s the beauty of yoga and yogic philosophy…there’s always more to learn, there’s always room to grow. So keep in mind that this lecture is really just scratching the surface, and I hope it will encourage you to keep asking questions and keep diving deeper.

LENGTH: 10 MINUTES

CHAKRA MEDITATION

This meditation takes you on a journey through the chakras. The visualizations in this practice help to balance the energy of the seven major chakras, which promotes health in both the physical and the energetic body.

LENGTH: 20 min

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30 MIN CHAKRA HEALING YOGA FLOW

CHAKRA HEALING YOGA

x savasana
x spine rolls
x seated cat/cow
x neck circles
x table top - stretch legs
x anahatasana - heart melting pose
x bhujangasana - cobra pose
x balasana - child’s pose
x table top
x anjaneyasana - low lunge
x balasana - child’s pose
x seated twist
x sukhasana - seated movement meditation

 

LENGTH: 30 minutes

ABOUT THIS PRACTICE:
Vinyasa means to flow, linking movement with breath, and that’s what we’ll be doing in this class. The poses in this sequence activate and balance the seven major chakras. 

BENEFITS:
chakra healing, grounding, spinal flexibility and health, energizing, strength building

PROP RECOMMENDATIONS:
None required. You might like to use a blanket to cushion your joints.