“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you…This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.” ~ Rumi
What is it that you deeply love? Do you take time to ask the questions? Do you take time to listen for the answers?
Often, we spend our days doing what we “have to” or are “supposed to” do. We run on autopilot, not really thinking about what we enjoy or want to create in our lives. We often put everyone else’s needs before our own, and don’t even remember who we are or notice what inspires us. We lose our creative spark, sense of fun and adventure, and wonder about our life’s purpose, feeling that there has to be more to life than this. Sometimes we make a decision on our own to change this. Often a health crisis, job stress, or relationship issue will wake us up. Once we make that decision to change, we can feel we have lost our way, and then try to “figure it out”.
Often what we seek is not found through using our analytical mind, but by tapping into our inner knowing, our intuition, and connecting with our sacral chakra. The Sanskrit name for the sacral chakra is svadhisthana, meaning “dwelling place of the self” or “sweetness”. This is the place where we experience feelings/emotions, sensation, creativity, movement, pleasure, nurturance of self and others, boundaries, sexuality, fertility, ability to change, passion, excitement. It is physically located just below the navel.
Water is the element associated with svadhistana chakra. Think about the properties of water: flowing, able to change form, able to create and destroy. When the sacral center is energetically balanced one is better able to “go with the flow” and to think and act creatively. Gentle, flowing yoga poses can be helpful in allowing you to tap into the energy of your sacral chakra. Poses that specifically create comfortable motion in the pelvis are particularly beneficial.
Here’s a short sequence that can be done in your chair:
Seated pelvic rock: Scoot forward on your chair. Feet should remain flat on the floor. This is a small, comfortable motion guided by the breath. Think of the pelvis as a bowl, and you will tilt the bowl forward and back, with the spine coming along for the ride.
- Exhale as you shift your weight back toward the tailbone and allow your spine to gently round.
- Inhale as you shift your weight forward toward the front of the pelvis, opening your heart. Repeat several breaths (4-5) within your comfort zone.
- End in neutral alignment (not slumped, not overarched, just centered over the pelvis).
Seated twists with breath: Start in neutral alignment as above.
- Inhale and sweep arms overhead
- Exhale and rotate your spine, lowering arms.
- Inhale, arms overhead back to center.
- Exhale and twist to the other side as you lower your arms.
Repeat 2-4 times, keeping spine lifted and heart open
Seated arm reaches with side bend: Start in neutral alignment. Place your left hand under the seat of the chair or on the chair leg. Reach right arm up. If comfortable, add a gentle side-bend toward the left. Breathe gently into the right side of your body for a few breaths. Release and repeat on the other side.
I invite you to practice these simple techniques to connect with the beautiful flowing energy of the sacral chakra. Enjoy this accompanying video.
Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.