Dharma Talk

April brings us to the study of the Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana. As the name implies, the sacral chakra is located near the base of the spine. From the front of the body it is in an area two to four inches below the navel. The name Svadisthana translates from the Sanskrit as “the dwelling place of the self”. It is associated with sexuality, reproduction, creativity, fantasies and feeling the inner and outer worlds. The element of the sacral chakra is water. Yoga postures linked to Svadhisthana are Boat, Chair, Revolved Triangle, Cobbler Pose, Pigeon and wide-angle seated forward bend. Of course, since Svadhisthana is associated with water, any of the “flow” series such as Suryanamaskar “A”, Suryanamaskar “B”, (Sun Salutations A and B) and Chandranamaskar (Moon Salutation) would directly affect the sacral chakra. The musical note for Svadhisthana is “A”. The color is orange. The seed mantra is VAM, pronounced vum. A balanced chakra makes the human more emotionally and creatively balanced. He or she will not be affected by the highs and lows of relationships, life, career, creativity etc. Neither that person will be scared to express his/her sexuality or other emotional needs. The person will be free from the blockages of ego and control issues. Great problem-solving skills can also be another symptom of a balanced chakra. Often, our creative pursuits or focus get driven away by our emotional impulses, anger, frustration etc. A balanced chakra makes the person more self-aware, thus, resulting in a better concentration and energy. In an effort to facilitate that opening of Svadhisthana we will devote this month’s  practice to postures and vinyasas that lend themselves to our second chakra.

As always, Scotti and I extend our deepest gratitude to all of you for your continued support of our mission here at Lotus In The Pines and for your fortitude in bouncing over our sub-standard roads to share your practice with us. It means more than you know. Namaste. Richard and Scotti

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