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Swadhisthana Chakra


Swadhisthana means 'one's own abode'. This center is the storehouse of all the latent samskaras (impressions), which are considered to be the substrata of individual existence. Therefore, it forms a karmic block, making it difficult for the awakened prana to pass through this area.

Where is Swadhisthana located in the human body?

It is located at the coccyx (the triangular bone at the base of the spine), 3 inches above mooladhara.

Which element of the body is Swadhisthana associated with?

Swadhisthana is associated with the water element

Swadhisthana and Psychology

In psychological terms,  Swadhisthana is associated with the subconscious mind and is responsible for (a) drowsiness and (b) sleep. It is also related to the (c) reproductive organs and the (d) sense of taste. The desire for pleasure, especially in the form of food and sex, increases when this center is activated. These desires can become an obstacle to the awakening of prana at this level. In order to pass through this center, one needs to develop willpower.

Swadhisthana and Beej-mantra

The bija mantra, or master key, to Swadhisthana is Vam.

Yoga Asanas

For this Chakra, you can practice the following

  1. Uttana Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

  2. Setubandasana (Bridge Pose)



Ujjayi Pranayam

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