I Am Open

The color orange has always captured my heart. There’s something about the warmth and yet the energy is electric. It’s no wonder that orange is the color of the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra (number two in the line-up of seven) is located in the pelvic area and controls our sexuality, holds past and current relationships and aides in creativity and fertility (of life and new ideas).

This post marks our second in our series of the chakras and at the moment svadhisthana is my favorite. I love the energy of creation and as a yoga teacher and a writer I am constantly in the creative mindset. From baking healthy treats for my family to creating the perfect sequence, I am often hanging out in my second chakra. {This may be one of the reasons that hip openers are my favorite}.

mermaid-tiny-devotions-mala-beadsThe second chakra is also very fluid, for creation to flow as well as for a child to be held in the womb there needs to be a lot of water, flow and constant movement. As a self-proclaimed yogi boho mermaid, this is right up my alley. I feel most at home diving in the ocean or swimming in the lake with my best friends (my cousins, pup & husband.)

This chakra is developed from ages 7-16 and as such it is a time of discovery that rules this space. Think back to how your childhood looked and felt as well as all of your emotions. This space governs our past so tapping into it will allow us to release that which no longer serves our current space.

When this chakra is open: When this chakra is open, you are open to new intimate relationships and embrace your own sexuality. You feel fluid, pleasure and love. You have an infinite well spring of creativity running through you and your hips feel light and open. You’re full of passion, imagination and know your true identity.

When this chakra is blocked: You feel frigid in your hips or pelvic area. Writers block and digestive issues are persistent. You have a lack of energy and nothing captures your attention or makes you feel passionate. You may have a kidney infection or a URI and you don’t feel “open.” As I mentioned above, this chakra deals with relationships and change. Especially as women we have a tendency to hold onto things from the past that no longer serve us.

How to open: In Ana Forrest’s book Fierce Medicine she mentions that in order to truly release emotion from the hips, we need to embrace a hip opener for a minimum of 10 minutes. I don’t keep folks there quite that long in my classes, but I do tend to keep them a long time. Your hips are going to be the biggest release and by doing hip openers you should be able to truly let go (or begin to let go) of stuck energy. Alongside doing the physical asanas, you can chant, sing, swim and hold onto gemstones!

tiny-devotions-open-mala-beadsCrystals: Coral, moonstone, carnelian, fire opal

Color: Orange! Wearing orange, using your new svadhisthana mala beads or lighting an orange candle may help. Adding in a simple sunset photograph to your desk or using a new email background that embraces this color will definitely help open this space of energy for you!

Sounds: Vam (repeated over and over in a mantra). Water, waves or nature sounds.

Poses: Any hip openers!! Try frog pose, lizard, half pigeon or whichever you consider to be your favorite. Make sure to hang out for a little longer than you’d wish as that’s when the juicy stuff starts to release and let go. Jala Namaskara (water salutations), dancing warriors and any poses that allow creative or fluid movement.

Element: Water

Location: Lower abdomen, womb, reproductive organs

To really release here you must LET GO! Tune into your inner Elsa and let go of anything that is no longer serving you. Actually, put on Let it Go and sing along with Idinia Menzel as you belt out your worries. Crying, swimming, drinking loads of water, dancing to amazing music or meditating to the sound of ocean waves are all amazing ways to begin to tap into and open your svadhisthana chakra!

tiny-devotions-yogaJenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

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