24 Nov, 2020
The sacral chakra teaches us about our need to connect with others and how to experience pleasure in our lives. When we feel stuck, we often isolate ourselves or seek to escape to a world of fantasy. This creates a cycle of feeling alone and disconnected. If we find it difficult to connect and experience lasting pleasure, we may become addicted to food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, video games, social media, gambling, sex, or any other activity that creates a momentary burst of pleasure. Yoga teaches us that true pleasure comes from within and its supply is unlimited. Our ability to adapt and flow with our lives is connected to the sacral chakra energy. Located around the lower pelvis, womb, and genitals, the sacral chakra is a center for creativity, sexuality, and desire. Issues of imbalance in the sacral chakra include isolation, conflicted sexual desires, feeling victimized, and addictive behaviors. Regaining our equilibrium takes work and often, in the case of addictive behaviors, the support of mentors, partners, peers, and family is essential. Discover the Yoga Asanas for activating and balancing the sacral chakra for creativity, joy, and flow in our lives.
In Squat pose, you bring your hips towards the earth and lift your heart towards the sky. Stay in this pose for five to ten breaths, to build strength in your feet and flexibility in your ankles, knees, and hips. As you squat, engage the pelvic muscles so that you suspend yourself in the position with grace and strength. You can make a dynamic sequence by moving into Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana) from squat pose and back down into Squat pose from Standing Forward Fold.
In addition to providing a generous stretch for your inner groins and thighs, you can integrate an easy flow in this pose. Experiment with fluttering your knees up and down a few times. Then hold the position with your knees wide open and bow your heart and head forward towards your feet. Roll up through your spine to come back upright, then repeat this spinal roll a few times.
This posture provides a wonderful stretch for your hip flexors (psoas muscle) and energy from the earth surges into your body. Protect your spine by engaging the muscles of your core. Draw your naval towards your spine and lengthen your tailbone towards the earth as you move into the backbend.
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