After the First Chakra, the Second Chakra, or Sacral chakra, is the next most likely to imbalanced. The side effects of a sacral chakra blockage can wreak havoc on your life, so understanding this energy center and how you can balance it is crucial.

The Sacral Chakra, or Svadhishthana in Sanskrit, is located along your spine about 2 inches below your belly button.

It deals with issues of self-worth, creativity, relationships, pleasure, and sexuality, and it is blocked and weakened by self-criticism and guilt.

5 Signs You have a weak sacral chakra

1. You are plagued by guilt and reluctant or unwilling to forgive yourself for past mistakes.

You are always judging your worthiness compared to others. You tend to avoid the company of people you perceive as more qualified than you because just being around them makes you feel inadequate.

Svadhisthana chakra infographic. Second, sexual, sacral chakra symbol description and features. Information for kundalini yoga2. You have a fragile sense of self-worth

It’s highly dependent upon pleasing others – especially those you perceive as having power or authority over you.  Often, this results in seeing yourself as a self-sacrificing martyr, putting others’ wants and demands before your own needs; all the while harboring silent resentment towards them and self-criticism towards yourself.

3. You get easily offended, hurt or upset by the words and actions of people that you perceive as not appreciating you

You get defensive and tend to condemn others who behave differently than you think they should.

4. You believe that you are flawed and are always under construction.

You don’t trust that you can be loved just for being who you already are. Instead, you believe that you have to continually improve yourself to become worthy of being loved, by others and by yourself.

5. You experience any of the following physical symptoms on a frequent or recurring basis:

Bowel disorders, bladder or urinary tract infections, chronic lower back pain, or sexual appetite imbalances (hyper or hypo sexual). If the symptoms gyre only around bladder and kidney infections, then you will have to fret not, because medication like chanca piedra works wonders.

How to deal with sacral chakra blockage

1. Reflection

Regardless of your religious beliefs, read the parable of the Prodigal Son in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32) with an open mind, to help you understand the reality of innate self-worth.

In the parable, the younger son believes that his worth was unearned through his actions, and the older son believes that his worth was earned through his actions. Their father teaches them both that their value to him is innate and cannot be earned or unearned.

No particle can grow to seedling from anything but the whole. You know this. Why this continuous personal critique? – Rumi

This is true of all of us. Sit with this until you feel in your gut that it’s true for you.  Whatever comes up emotionally, let it come up and let it flow. That is what is blocking your Second Chakra.

2. Redefinition

Motivational and inspirational quote - Forget the mistake, remember the lesson. Blurred vintage styled background.Upgrade your definition of self-forgiveness. To forgive yourself is to give away the idea that you need to be punished for what you’ve done. Yes, all actions have consequences, but consequences are teachers, not judges that declare you unworthy.

Let your current circumstances be your teacher and look for lessons in them that will help you make better choices.

Stop punishing yourself for your mistakes by believing they make you unworthy. It isn’t productive, it isn’t necessary, and it creates a sacral chakra blockage.

3. Sound Vibration

Sing the word “move” holding out the “ooo” sound as long as your breath allows.

The word “move” provides the proper vowel sound and has a meaning related to the Second Chakra. Think of moving onward and upward instead of being stuck in guilt and self-criticism anymore.

As you hold out the “ooo” sound, bring your attention to your Second Chakra (two inches below your belly button along your spine). Try to feel it vibrating and glowing orange, sending life and health to your lower abdomen and all its vital organs.

4. Practice the “Bellows” Chakra Breath

Slowly expand your lower abdomen in all directions, silently drawing in a breath through your nose (or mouth, if the nose is congested). Focus more on opening the space in your abdomen with your muscles and creating a natural vacuum that automatically draws air in rather than inhaling.

Hold the breath in for a few counts and then contract the lower abdomen, and use your core muscles to press every last bit of air out, bringing your belly button towards your spine. Hold the breath out for a few counts and then repeat the cycle as many times as you like

5. Yoga Asana

Perform the “Hula Hips” yoga asana (see illustration).Hula-Hips-Yoga-1024x584

Begin in a standing position, feet a bit wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointing forward. Place your hands on your hips and slowly rotate your hips in a clockwise direction, making as large a circle around your centerline as possible while keeping your feet planted.

Breathe naturally as you rotate for 20-30 seconds in a clockwise direction, and then reverse to a counter-clockwise direction for another 20-30 seconds.

Imagine breaking up all the crustiness and tension held in your hips by years of self-criticism. As self-criticism and guilt are broken away, and the orange glow of your Second Chakra begins to shine forth, you gain freedom of motion in all directions. Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

Are you experiencing any of the five signs outlined above? Give one of the exercises or techniques to strengthen your Second Chakra a go and let us know how it went!

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John E. Groberg is the creator of Spiral Up Yoga, and the author of the book by the same name, which teaches a simple daily self-care practice for body, mind and soul that is chakra-based and can be done at home by anyone, anywhere in just five minutes. Seven chakras. Seven days. One rule: Do something today for five minutes to strengthen today's chakra. To learn more and see free instructional videos of all 49 asanas taught visit his website.