It’s raining again.
It’s meant to rain this whole week, which is promising for gardens and flowers and spring and warm weather.
We need rain to survive, water to thrive. Too much and we drown, too little and we thirst… we need just the right amount.
So when a water quality shows up too much in our life, like my leaking roof or feeling a block in creativity, it might suggest that our second chakra is imbalanced.
A Sacral Chakra imbalance might physically appear as low back pain or reproductive or sexual issues. It might show up as frigidity or the flip side, sexual abandon. It could appear as a lack of a creativity or extreme creativity. It shows up as someone with addictions to food, alcohol, sex, drugs and shopping… and rigid boundaries or very weak boundaries.
And depending on which end of the scale we land on, weak or extreme, we can use yoga postures to find balance.
My yoga teacher says that just as the emotional body can teach the physical body (think, when you’re scared and frighten, how does your physical body react?), so our physical body postures can heal our emotional body.
3 Tips to Heal a Weak Sacral Chakra
Weak boundaries? Do you feel as though you don’t deserve the good things in life? Do you have problems saying no, always trying to please other people? Are you addicted to food, alcohol, sex, drugs and/or shopping? Were you a creative person when you were younger but now you don’t practice any creative outlets?
If you said yes to the majority of these questions, you may have an imbalance in your 2nd Chakra (2 inches below your navel and on your spine) and these 3 tips may help you.
1. Sumo Pose
Stand with your feet wide, toes turned outward in line with your knees. Take your hands to your hips and bend your knees like you’re going into a squat and then straighten your legs. Move slowly with your breath (inhale to stand up, exhale to squat down). Practice this about 8-10 times each day.
2. Psoas Wake Up
Lay on the floor with your left leg straight on the ground and bring your right leg to a 90˚ angle, so that your knee is over your hip. Keep knee over hip and extend your leg toward the ceiling (generally will not be 100% straight) and bend it back to 90˚. Move slowly with your breath (inhale to lift leg, exhale to bring it parallel to the ground) and do about 8-10 lifts per side, at the last lift hold and pause at the top and then lower.
Watch: keep your pelvis in a neutral position. I see students who tuck their tailbone to try lift their leg up higher, which is a clever way to lift the leg but does nothing for the psoas.
3. Baddha Konasana, bound angle pose
Sit on your sit bones with bent knees. Let your knees drop off to the sides and bring the bottoms of your feet to touch. If you’re rounding through your back, prop up on a blanket or two even as high as 1 foot off the ground. Take your hands to your feet and open them like a book. Keep your spine straight as your bend forward.
Alternatively you might do this pose using a wall: lay down on your back and get your bottom close to the wall and bring straight legs up the wall. If your tailbone rounds toward the ceiling, back away from the wall until your whole spine is resting on the ground. Then slide your feet down the wall and bring the bottoms of your feet together, gently pressing your knees toward the wall. Stay here 1-2 minutes or as long as you feel comfortable.