Chakra Two, Swadishthana, is located in the lower abdomen. This chakra model has the Water element installed in the second chakra, and the Water element governs fluids in the body, joints, especially hip and knee joints, as well
as emotions of all kinds. Especially
damaging to the Water element are emotions of shame and guilt, and since there
is plenty of that going around no wonder the Water element is so out of balance for
many of us. Stability and openness of
the pelvis can be a serious issue, but also if one feels emotionally unstable
or stuck, it can contribute to the feeling of being stuck in the body, as well. So, when I see an imbalance of the Water element, first I try to help the person feel the joy of movement again, even if
it is the simplest movement – as long as it is pain free, we can start
relishing and enjoying the pleasure of it, and since the Water element also governs
our ability to derive pleasure from life, it is a great way to bring healing.
To sum up, the health issues we often see with the Water element
shadow side, being unable to go with the flow and emotions, either because one can't express them in a healthy and appropriate way, if at all. Inability to enjoy sexual pleasure because of
guilt or shame about one’s sexuality, or, the other extreme, overindulging in
sex, sexual perversion and compulsion.
Issues of the hips
and our ability to be mobile (via
the legs), but also our ability to move fluidly in life, to adapt to the
realities of life, to be able to feel pleasure and delight in the senses, but
without overindulging. The Water element
teaches us to allow pleasure without overdoing it and certainly without
becoming addicted to one’s pleasure.
Don’t live in your shadow self, requiring more and more stimulation to
find pleasure in life.
It can become out of balance if the body sustains an injury
that requires immobilization, or due to a rigid
diet that allows no pleasure from the
When we are mentally
stuck in our ways
Infertility, reproductive and prostate issues, urinary tract
infections, clogged tear ducts, blood issues, menstruation, birthing, hip
socket issues, some knee problems, Sacroilliac joint problems, sciatica, muscle
pulls and strains, tendons, tendinitis and bursitis.
Emotions of guilt, and shame, or any strong emotions are
indicative of an imbalance there.
Women have greater mobility in this area than men. During menstruation and pregnancy the hormone
Relaxin in the body increases mobility in this area even more, so for women
most frequently what is needed is to bring more stability into the area with
strengthening (see video). For men, however,
mobility and flexibility of the hip joints is often a challenge, so they should
spend more time doing hip openers (see video).
To cultivate fluidity, as you move from pose to pose, notice
your transitions. Fluid transitions and
staying mindful between the poses indicates a good balance in the Water element. Inability to move fluidly, and dropping
mindfulness between poses (becoming distracted) indicates an imbalance.
In your Yoga practice:
tuck and tilt the pelvis (cat/cow)
asymmetrical poses, especially standing
windshield wipers, bound angle pose
all poses that open the hips and bring openness and
stability to the SI joints
coordinate breath and movement together as seamlessly as
possible, so that each enhances and supports the other
Pranayama: Complete 3-part Yogic breath, fluid transitions
from part to part
Watch a companion video on strengthening the hips: