by BethWinding Brook by Egon SchieleThis is part 3 in my streak on the chakras. The last pole concentrating on the Muladhara( Root) chakra, and the qualities of grounding, stability, safety and security. This upright will focus on Swadhisthana, the Sacral chakra. The Swadhisthana chakra is located four fingers-width below the navel and is related to the lower abdomen, reproductive glands, trendies, and pelvis. It is here we work to sense and recognize our talent, libidoes, feelings, and our need for pleasure and healthy human interaction.One of the great pleasures of human interaction is touch. We know touch when we hug our family and working friends, receive a relaxing rub, or experience insinuate moments with our significant other. Hugs or a pat on the back can signal adoption, safe, and bonding. You can predict more about what science has to say about the relationship of touch to health and well-being here. Sadly during the current pandemic, human touching has been largely demoted to elbow bulges. Smiling sees above a masked face improve but don’t replace the close physical contact of a hug.The element associated with this chakra is water. Life, like water, can spurt gently like a blab brook or smash into us like the tidal wave of the covid-1 9 pandemic and the rapids of world-wide fermentation that have come along with it. The word’ Ride with the tide and go with the flow’ is one way to think about the mutable nature of this vigour as we work to heal and poise this chakra. “The second chakra is virtually a action chakra which is never fully regenerated as it is constantly in a state of change. If there is indeed a norm for a healed second chakra, it might be the ability to embrace change without losing one’s core stability.” — Anodea JudithTo’ go with the flow’ and include mutate without losing stability, we need to develop healthful borders, and resilience. These cleverness are needed as we advance from identification with lineage, social, and work groups to begin the inward journey toward understanding ourselves and the ways we react or react to our individual relationships within groups. With self-awareness we stop trying to control external the status and parties. We gain control over ourselves and learn to express our authentic selves in balanced and healthy directions. “At each step of the travel, the chakras describe an area of our lives for investigate, integration and transformation.” — Joseph LePage It is fascinating to think that the issues we face in our lives could be reflected in and connected to a physical one of the purposes of our torso as LePage suggests.My personal realization of this came about while I was studying chakravidya( knowledge of the chakras) as one of the purposes of my yoga regiman instruct. At the same time, I was working my road through the aftermath of an emergency hysterectomy while in the middle of a difficult second matrimony. That perfect cyclone of second chakra circumstances helped me come to grips with and better understand the connection between my figure, the energy of the sacral chakra, and the flow of passion, sensation, and intimacy.Even now, when I do a chakra scan, I can sense an imbalance and blockage in this area, so I is a well-known fact that as a recovering co-dependent perfectionist I have more work to do.Imbalance in this energy may, like chronic stress, be a factor in low-toned back, trendy and pelvic anguish, sciatica, OB/ GYN, sexual capacity, or urinary difficulties. In his journal Healing Into Life and Death, Stephen Levine points out that grave harm and trauma in this area through sexual abuse, abandonment, or betrayal will take time and careful work to heal and may be needed professional aid. Our challenge is to embrace change, make personalized relevant actions, and oversee life’s flow when it is delightful and likewise when it accompanieds difficult changes, anguish, and loss. Movement is a natural go-to solution for me whenever I’m feeling blocked or fasten. I know I can alter my exertion by dancing, ambling, and, of course, rehearsing yoga. Movement facilitated me immeasurably as I recovered from my hysterectomy and later dealt with the end of my marriage.To working in collaboration with the Sacral chakra, I recommend the following yoga practices. Physical Practice: Dynamic Cobra( Bhujangasana) Come to the flooring on your hands and knees with your knees hips-width apart and your weapons shoulders-width apart and outstretched.Exhale as you sit back onto your heels in Child’s pose( Balasana) to generate a feeling of safety, insurance, and self-nourishment.Inhale and move through sides and knees position to lower yourself into your cozy explanation of Cobra.Exhale and push yourself up to your hands and knees and sit back into Child’s pose.Pick a tempo and lilt that is comfortable for your body as you move through the flow.Repeat at your chosen tempo for 30 seconds to another minute or more.Rest in Child’s pose.If you need a more accessible practice, try Spinal Flexes in a chair: Sit comfortably in your chair with your hands on your thighs.Inhale and flex your prickle and pelvis forward with your chest hoisted and kuki-chin parallel to the floor.Exhale and flex your prickle and pelvis backward, rounding your back and straightening your forearms to feel a stretching in the upper back.Continue for at least 30 seconds or longer if you feel comfortable.To finish, inhale and hold your sigh on the forward flex for a second or two.Exhale and hold your sigh out on the downward flex for a second or two.Inhale to middle and rest.Energy Practice: Swadhisthana MudraIn Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page, this mudra is said to be helpful for growing self-nourishment and supporting the health of the reproduction and urinary methods by exhausting tension from the sacrum and lower back. There is a lack of contraindications. Place your right hand over your lower abdomen, with your digit resting simply below your navel.Cup your left hand and maintained it facing upward at the level of your navel and slightly angled to the left of the body, with your forearm parallel to the earth.Soften your shoulders and allow your spine to be naturally aligned.As you harbour the mudra, watch for hotshots such as pulsating, tingling, or feelings of gesture within your body.Hold for 5 to 10 gulps or longer if you are comfortable.Mental Practice: Optional Affirmation Repeat this affirmation on its own at any time or while practicing Dynamic Cobra or Swadhisthana mudra.“With awareness and balance I go with the flow of life.”Beth’s self-awareness newsletter is published six times a year. It features informative, motivating and entertaining tips for procure clarity, equanimity, and resilience in a complicated world. 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