To determine whether your sacral chakra might fall into that unbalanced category, though, it's helpful to first picture a balanced one. Functioning like a spinning wheel (the word chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit), a balanced sacral chakra brings all of the above qualities into alignment. "When it's functioning optimally, we are emotionally content, uninhibited in our relationships and creative endeavors, and capable of deep intimacy," says Reiki practitioner and astrologer Ambi Kavanagh, author of Chakras & Self-Care.
"When [the sacral chakra] is functioning optimally, we are emotionally content, uninhibited in our relationships and creative endeavors, and capable of deep intimacy." —Ambi Kavanagh, Reiki practitioner
Because of the location of the sacral chakra, its alignment can also play a role in the physical condition of your reproductive organs, bladder, kidneys, and large intestines, says Poon. "Throughout the body, the particular frequency of the sacral chakra's vibration can also affect the functioning of the lymphatic and circulatory systems," she adds.
Any breakdown in the above emotional or physical areas could reflect a blockage within your sacral chakra that may require some healing. Below, the experts delve deeper into the symptoms typical of a blocked sacral chakra, and share specific strategies for bringing it back into healthy alignment.
How to know if your sacral chakra may be blocked
Typically, an unbalanced or blocked chakra is either overactive (you can envision it spinning extra-fast) or under-active, as in barely spinning at all. In the case of the former, for the sacral chakra, that might create feelings of overwhelm, emotional instability, or mood swings, says Poon. "Within a relationship, that kind of overactivity can also manifest as drama caused by possessiveness or jealousy," says Kavanagh.
On the flip side, with an under-active chakra, you could experience a loss of imagination or creativity, depressive symptoms, emotional dissatisfaction, or low libido, says Poon. "Other physical symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, urinary and kidney problems, gynecological or fertility issues, constipation, and pelvic pain," she says.
7 tips for unblocking or healing your sacral chakra
1. Acknowledge the blockage
The first step in healing your sacral chakra is to simply acknowledge that your physical and energetic body needs support. “That support can come in the form of healing through Reiki, or through other methods of energy healing that you can access by yourself or with a practitioner,” Poon says.
2. Connect with water
Because the sacral chakra is linked with the element of water, any form of deep hydration will do it some good. That means drinking a whole lot of water throughout the day, perhaps with a few orange slices to reflect the orange color of the sacral chakra's energy, suggests Poon. Taking a warm bath complete with an orange essential-oil blend or even going swimming in a natural body of water can also help revive an under-active sacral chakra, in particular.
3. Eat sacral-centering foods
When your sacral chakra feels out of whack, or as if it's spinning out of control, certain foods can act as balancing or centering devices. “These foods include nuts, seeds, sweet potato, carrot, melon, mango, orange citrus fruits, butternut squash, fermented foods, and any other orange-colored foods,” Poon says.
4. Get your creative juices flowing
Given that the sacral chakra is all about creative expression, tapping into your artistic side—even if you feel as though you're lacking in artistic inspiration right now—can really help revive this energy center. The best part, Poon says, is there's no right or wrong way to do it. Creativity is completely personal. Just do what feels fun, whether that’s coloring, drawing, cooking, baking, gardening, or something else entirely. Or, challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before, like trying a new recipe or workout, or learning about a new topic.
If you need somewhere to start, you can also try feeding off someone else’s creative energy. “Call someone who inspires you and ask them what they're working on or doing that they're most excited about,” Poon says. “Their excitement and action can motivate you and spark your own creativity.”
5. Do some hip-opening movements
The sacral chakra is located right below your belly button, so any hip-opening movements can help return the energy flow to that region. "In particular, dance and yoga can be wonderful solves for an under-active sacral chakra," says Kavanagh.
To get started, you could try a few simple yoga asanas or poses, like the butterfly pose, cobra pose, seated torso circles, or the goddess pose, which Poon says can really get things flowing again. To do it, play some music and stand with your feet wide apart, knees bent, and toes pointed out. Start to sway, keeping your lower body in a squat-like position, and try saying a sacral-supporting affirmation while you move: "I belong to the universal oneness, and I create with love."
6. Practice the sacral chakra chant
Each chakra has a mantra that connects with it and that supports its healing. For the sacral chakra, Poon says, the mantra sound is vam. You can chant it as you’re doing the aforementioned hip-opening movements or poses or while sitting still during a meditation. Visualize the vibration of the chanting sound flowing directly to your blocked sacral.
7. Bring in healing crystals
In tandem with meditation or breathwork, making use of healing crystals can help clear any blocked chakra. "For the sacral chakra, in particular, go for amber, coral and orange calcite, citrine, orange aventurine, carnelian, or hematite," Poon says, again referencing the orange color of this chakra's energy. Place any of these crystals on your sacral chakra (aka your pelvis) while you meditate or just carry them around with you throughout the day to embody their healing properties.
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