Color: Orange (death of the old)
Element: Water (apas tattva)
This chakra is associated with relationships, procreation, pleasure and desire. It is the dwelling place of deep-rooted instincts and of all samskaras – mental and emotional impressions of the past, so this chakra is crucial for us.
It governs people’s sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. The second chakra also rules the feminine component of sexuality, telling us how we feel about sex and having children. (Compare with the first chakra, which rules the masculine component of sexuality, such as enjoyment and power). All watery things about us have to do with this chakra: circulation, urination, menstruation, orgasm and tears. Water flows, moves, and changes, and a healthy second chakra allowes us to do the same.
Having this chakra in balance means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. We are free from compulsive behavior and unhealthy habitual patterns of the past. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex, fear of pleasure or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation and muscle spasms.
Yoga poses to balance the svadhisthana chakra: Gomukhasana, forward bending with the legs in the first stage of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana , Baddha Konasana, Upavistha Konasana.