My Big Dream for Women around the World

International Women’s Day is close to my heart, ever since travelling through Bangledesh at age 12, reading Half the Sky and meeting so many amazing, empowered women in my life, I’m sharing some thoughts from an older video I made a few years ago that I’ve actually never been brave enough to share, that reflects the truths I still hold in my heart. My big dream – one of my driving passions. So, to celebrate‪#‎internationalwomensday‬, I’ve decided to be brave, and share a little more of my true voice. ‪#‎internationalwomensday2016‬

Are you Copper Toxic?

First, I’ll answer the question that just popped into your brain: WHAT IS COPPER TOXICITY?

Copper toxicity is a build-up of bio-unavailable copper in the body that gets stored primarily in the liver (initially) and then subsequently in the brain and other organs. As copper accumulates it initially gets stored in the liver, causing the main symptoms of brain fog and fatigue. At high levels of accumulation, however, the mind start racing and the adrenals may ‘burn out’. Following adrenal burnout copper levels then spike even further as ceruloplasmin production declines.  Copper is now being deposited in the brain and other organs, and this, in turn, leads to neurotransmitter imbalances causing brain function and perception to become altered, and schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and pseudo-bipolar conditions can result.

Whew, that’s intense!

I recently met a certified HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) practitioner who started explaining how much the medical system is missing when they just review our blood tests and especially the harmful and often undetected effects of copper toxicity.  It piqued my interest, especially in my endeavor to learn and share as much as I can on women’s hormone health so I decided to get the details and put them in terms meaningful to me and the women I talk to. Rick Fischer is extremely passionate about his research and sharing this information, as it was initially sparked by the loss of his girlfriend to copper toxicity.

HTMA is a screening test (using hair from the scalp) which accurately indicates mineral toxicities and imbalances and provides the evidence required to design the most effective nutritional programs to bring back balance.

 

List of Conditions Affected by Mineral Imbalance

* This list is not is not everything, it doesn’t include toxic metals – an additional source of many physical and mental problems. HTMA data provides detailed information on over 30 essential minerals and toxic metals.

 

Adrenal Health & Energy – the balance between sodium and magnesium indicates the strength or insufficiency of the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are activated, sodium rises.  High sodium and potassium, especially relative to calcium and magnesium, indicate high adrenal activity. A low sodium level, together with low potassium, indicates exhausted adrenals.  High accumulations of bio-unavailable copper are one major cause of exhausted adrenals. With exhausted adrenals, the body will constantly feel fatigued and, in turn, leads to many other physical and psychological conditions.  Adrenal performance can be improved through the balancing of key minerals.

Anemia – iron deficient anemia can develop as a result of bio-unavailable copper. With a deficiency in available copper, iron will build up in storage areas and also become bio-unavailable, leading to anemia.

Anxiety – a high level of copper is a major contributor to anxiety.

Bi-Polar – a mineral pattern showing a high level of calcium to potassium along with a high sodium to potassium ratio, a low calcium to magnesium ratio, and a high level of copper often creates a “pseudo-bipolar” condition that can be ameliorated through the adjustment of minerals.

Blood Sugar – a high level of calcium relative to magnesium leads to increased insulin secretion and a tendency of for hypoglycemia.

Brain Fog – a common occurrence with liver toxicity (and as copper builds up in the liver)…among other factors.

Cardiovascular disorders – low copper relative to zinc allows an increase in LDL and a decrease in HDL.  This imbalance can lead to hardening of the arteries, regardless of the total serum cholesterol or triglyceride levels.  A low level of magnesium is also a major contributor to heart attacks.

Chronic Fatigue  (see adrenal health and energy)

Depression – a high level of copper and calcium, along with the natural effect of depleted adrenals, are all contributing factors to depression.

Digestive Issues / Candida / Yeast – a high level of copper can impair digestion and bowel motility resulting in gas and bloating.  Furthermore, copper is a natural fungicide.  When the copper level becomes too high it becomes bio-unavailable  (creating a deficiency condition), and with this deficiency in bio-available copper, yeast and candida are allowed to flourish.  Meanwhile copper lowers zinc. When zinc is low, digestive enzyme and bile production become impaired.   When protein synthesis is low (a result of low phosphorus), digestion is further impaired.

Emotional Apathy & Relationship Withdrawal  – with depleted adrenals (low sodium and potassium) comes to a natural withdrawal from romantic relationships. Physiologically, sex and romance are forced to be put on hold for the survival of the body.  As stress increases, so too does calcium. A high level of calcium creates a ‘calcium shell’, which effectively blocks emotions and deadens feelings.  This is often in turn a result of copper toxicity, which raises calcium.  Without an understanding of this effect, and left feeling very little for their partner, many people simply walk away from their relationship, believing the relationship to be the problem, rather than a mineral imbalance.

Immune Function – a low zinc level will impair the body’s immune system

Inflammation – high sodium to potassium over a long time leads to chronic inflammation.  The potassium level reflects glucocorticoid activity, and so a low potassium level may be a warning of an inflammatory process in the body.

Kidney & Liver Function – a high sodium to potassium ratio can lead to kidney and liver dysfunction. A high level of copper (or any toxic metal for that matter) can also overload the liver.

Muscle Mass Loss-Any bodybuilder knows the importance of protein for building muscle. A high phosphorus level indicates rapid protein breakdown, while a low phosphorus level indicates inadequate protein synthesis and tissue breakdown.

Muscle Twitches – often a sign of magnesium deficiency

Osteoporosis – though most people understand that calcium is important for preventing osteoporosis, what many aren’t told is that too much calcium, relative to magnesium, will actually increase the risk for osteoporosis. Adequate magnesium is required for calcium to deposited in the bone.  This is why it is imperative that you understand your magnesium level before supplementing with calcium.

PMS type symptoms – one of the many negative effects of excess copper are PMS type symptoms

Schizophrenia & Paranoia – numerous studies show that 1/2 to 2/3 of schizophrenics have high levels of copper.  Combined with copper’s effect on neurotransmitter imbalances and impairing neocortex functioning, paranoia is also a common side effect of copper toxicity. It is the time the mental health community starts acknowledging this important mineral connection rather than simply treating patients with dangerous psychotropic drugs!

Stress tolerance– During the alarm stage of stress, sodium rises relative to potassium. With high Na/K, the person is easily overwhelmed by the slightest stress or irritation and can over-react.  This response by-passes the higher cortical intellectual functions, so you can’t verbally counsel a person out of this.  Instead, you need to balance the Na/K, and this will allow the person to better control their emotions and awareness.  If left uncorrected, eventually the body’s adrenals will exhaust themselves from the stressor and low sodium together with low potassium will result, an indicator of adrenal exhaustion.

Thyroid Health & Weight -Calcium slows down the thyroid while potassium speeds it up. The balance between calcium and potassium is a great indicator of the efficiency of the thyroid gland, which can, in turn, lead to both energy and weight challenges.

 

Why should I use HTMA testing rather than blood tests?  Why doesn’t my doctor recommend them?

Blood testing isn’t an accurate indicator of mineral levels because the blood works quickly to remove excess minerals, and this excess gets stored in tissues, which is then evidenced in our soft tissue, such as hair. Medical Doctors seem to have a lack of acceptance of HTMA because they simply have not received any proper training on assessing HTMA charts. Understanding HTMA charts is not as simple as just looking at a mineral level. An advanced understanding of mineral ratios and their various effects on physical and personality changes is required.

 

HTMA offers the following key benefits:

  • Sampling is simple and non-invasive
  • Mineral levels are much more accurately detected in hair than in blood* Blood serum tests are misleading because excess minerals are not stored in the blood, they are stored in tissue!
  • Since hair is a non-essential, excretory, storage, soft tissue of the body, the body tends to deposit more excess minerals and dangerous metals here than in many other tissue areas of the body.
  • HTMA provides key ratios & indicators which can detect imbalances that individual mineral ‘levels’ don’t show.
  • Hair remains stable for biopsy for months or even years
  • It is extremely cost effective, accurate, and reliable.

IUD-copper toxic

DID YOU KNOW?

•    Taking calcium supplementation while you are magnesium deficient (as many people are), could, in fact, be making your bones even more brittle.
•    A very high ratio of calcium to potassium indicates a slow thyroid, with a tendency toward weight gain, fatigue, even constipation.
•    Vitamin D supplementation lowers potassium levels. We hear all the time how healthy Vitamin D is, but this is not the case when it negatively affects certain mineral balances.
•    Toxic levels of copper will weaken the adrenals resulting in fatigue and brain fog, and can eventually alter neurotransmitter levels in the brain, alter perception and lead to schizophrenia.
•    Vitamin D can also cause a deficiency in magnesium.
•    High levels of calcium relative to magnesium lead to calcification, cell death, and increased risk of blood clots.
•    Women with excess estrogen (and consequently copper) generally require more zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.
•    As stress increases, zinc and magnesium levels drop while copper and calcium levels rise.
•    A high level of sodium to potassium intensifies the fight or flight response, increases the emotions of anger and fear, reduces higher intellect cortical function, and shortens one’s fuse (increasing agitation to the slightest irritation)
•    ADHD stimulant drugs tend to lower magnesium and increase the sodium to potassium ratio.

 

Are you interested in getting tested?

*Cost for Testing and Full Analysis with Rick Fischer (Certified HTMA Practitioner)  $195 

 

(*Please note that I am not affiliated or responsible for your results or experiences with Integrative Health coaching, I am purely recommending his services and wishing you the best of experiences in your continual journey to health.)

 

More reading…

 

Real women, real stories – Here’s how HTMA saved their lives.

 

An elderly woman recommended to take calcium to prevent osteoporosis:
A physician recommends to an elderly female to take Calcium supplementation in order to prevent osteoporosis. She has low magnesium levels (as many people do), yet the doctor has not verified this through testing.  By increasing her calcium supplementation, this increases the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the body.  A high calcium to magnesium ratio results in the calcium not being properly deposited in the bone, and instead it gets stored in cells and tissues, leading to a hardening of the arteries (calcium plaque) – leading to possible stroke or heart attack – and a further weakening of the bone.  This vital calcium to magnesium ratio can only be properly determined through an HTMA test, and the magnesium level should first be known before given any calcium supplementation is given.

A young healthy female given a copper IUD:
A young, healthy female has a copper IUD inserted. A few months later her adrenals burn out, her personality changes, and she becomes numb to her relationship. Her physician recommends a blood test, which shows elevated copper, and subsequently her IUD is removed. A second blood test later then shows a ‘normal’ copper level; she is advised she’s now fine, and subsequently divorces her husband because she realizes she no longer ‘feels anything’. This not uncommon scenario plays out all too often with physicians failing to recognize that excess bio-unavailable copper is stored in tissues (primarily the liver and the brain), and not the blood. After the IUD is removed, blood levels quickly return to normal, and subsequent blood testing completely ignores stored bio-unavailable copper in the tissues which can lead to severe psychological changes, compounded with the already severe symptoms and changes that occur after adrenal burnout. This stored copper increases calcium levels (creating a calcium shell effect that numbs feelings leaving a person dead emotionally), lowers magnesium and increases sodium (both of which in turn increases the stress response and negative aspects of ones personality, along with anxiety, anger, and panic), and can lead to wide range of psychological problems, many of which are easily recognizable through HTMA results. Had an HTMA test been done, the patient would have understood that, contrary to what the blood test showed, her copper levels were still high, and a proper, corrective detox and nutritional balancing protocol could have been advised based on her specific mineral levels as determined by the HTMA.

->Here’s where you can order your HTMA Lab Analysis

*Cost for Testing and Full Analysis with Rick Fischer (Registered HTMA Practitioner) is $195 (subject to change)

 

(*Please note that I am not affiliated or responsible for your results or experiences with Integrative Health coaching, I am purely recommending his services and wishing you the best of experiences in your continual journey to health.)

 

 

sources:

http://www.integrativehealthcoaching.ca

http://www.coppertoxic.com

http://www.htmatest.com

 

 

 

 

 

10 Hip Opening Yoga Poses to Open Your Sacral Chakra

When we open our hips we restore our reproductive organs, which at a base level represent the original creative force driving existence. Through creating balance in these chakras we can become grounded, comfortable within our own identity, and inherently creative.

By physically rooting our pelvic floor and the base of our spine into the Earth, we plug ourselves into the vibrational current of the planet.

Hip Openers powerfully stimulate and balance the muladhara, or root and svadisthana, or sacral chakras.

Before you practice this sequence, sit in a meditative position and meditate on something you would like to let go of that you feel prevents you from expressing yourself fully. Do a few Chandra Namaskaras, or moon salutations of your choosing such as Shiva Rea’s Chandra Namaskara (look up “Moon Shine with Shiva Rea: Yoga at Home from Yoga Journal” on YouTube for a great demo of this sequence). Focus on mindful long deep breaths.

10 Hip Opening Yoga Poses to Open Your Sacral Chakra

 

1. Seated Hip Circles: 

Seated Hip Circles

Seated Hip Circles

Sit in a cross-legged position and grab your knees with your hands. Slowly rotate your hips and waist in a clockwise circle. Imagine that your navel is tracing as wide a circle around your seated center position as possible.Use your arms as leverage. Keep the movement slow and steady, breathing naturally but without trying to synchronize your breath with your movement. Breathe through your nose if you can. Continue this clockwise movement for twenty to thirty seconds. Now reverse the direction and begin in a counter clockwise direction, for another twenty to thirty seconds.

 

 

  1. Downward Dog with Hip Circles (Adho Mukha Svanasana):
Downward Dog Hip Circles (Clockwise)

Downward Dog Hip Circles (Clockwise)

Hip Circles (Counter-Clockwise)

Hip Circles (Counter-Clockwise)

 

On a deep exhale, the hips are pushed toward the ceiling, the body forming an inverted V-shape. The back is straight with the front ribs tucked in. The legs are straight with the heels reaching to the floor. The hands are open like starfish, keeping the forefinger and thumb pressing down on the floor/mat. The arms are straight, with the inner elbows turning towards the ceiling. If one has the tendency to hyper extend elbows, keeping a microbend to the elbows prevents taking the weight in the joints. Turning the elbows up towards the ceiling will engage the triceps and build strength. The shoulders are wide and relaxed. Line up the ears with the inner arms which keeps the neck lengthened. The hands are shoulder width apart and feet remain hip-width apart. If the hamstrings are very strong or tight, the knees are bent to allow the spine to lengthen fully. The navel is drawn in towards the spine, keeping the core engaged. Raise your right leg and then slowly create large circles using your whole leg. Repeat 3-5 times forward, reverse direction 3-5 times backward. Slowly lower leg. Release and switch sides. Repeat the same on the left leg.

 

 

  1. Goddess Squat (Utkata Konasana):
Goddess Squat

Goddess Squat

Bring your hands to rest comfortably on your hips. Turn to the right and step your feet wide apart, about four feet. Turn your toes out slightly, so they point to the corners of your mat. On an exhalation, bend your knees directly over your toes and lower your hips into a squat. Work toward bringing your thighs parallel to the floor, but do not force yourself into the squat. Extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder-height with your palms facing down. Then, spiral your thumbs up toward the ceiling, so your palms face forward. Bend your elbows and point your fingertips toward the ceiling; your upper arms and forearms should be at a 90-degree angle. Tuck your tailbone in slightly and press your hips forward as you draw your thighs back. Keep your knees in line with your toes. Soften your shoulders. Gaze softly at the horizon.

Hold for up to 10 breaths. To release, slowly return your hands to your hips. Keeping your spine upright, inhale as you press firmly into your feet and straighten your legs.

 

 

  1. Goddess Squat with Lateral Stretches (fluid movement):
Moving Goddess Stretch R

Moving Goddess Stretch R

Moving Goddess Stretch L

Moving Goddess Stretch L

From your Goddess Squat, slowly press your left elbow to your left knee bringing your right arm over your head for a nice lateral stretch. Hold for one breathe and then gently switch sides. Repeat on each side 5 – 10 times.

 

5.  Frog Pose (Mandukasana):

Frog Pose (press hips back to deepen)

Frog Pose (press hips back to deepen)

Love it or leave it, this is adductor heaven, or hell. From Wheel of Life twist, come onto hands and knees. Keeping your knees bent at a right angle, begin to open them out to each side.

Keep the heels in alignment with the knees and flex the feet gently. Keep the pelvis in alignment with the knees, the tendency is to come too far forward with the pelvis, if in doubt, rock the seat back a bit.

Attempt to get the knees wider than the outside of the mat. If you are comfortable release the forearms to the floor, keep pulling the front ribs up towards the spine and breathe. If you are very open in your adductors you can rest your stomach on the floor. Hold for one to five minutes. To release, gently walk the hands forward, and come onto the stomach. You might rock the hips side to side to release them.

 

  1. Cobra (Bhujangasana):
Cobra

Cobra

A must after Frog Pose! From prone (on the stomach) position, place the hands under the shoulders, press the tops of the feet into the floor. Inhale, leading with the heart, curl the upper body away from the floor, elongating the crown of the head up and possibly back.

Pull the upper arm bones back and counter this by lifting the chest forward and up. Without moving the hands, energetically draw them back towards the hips. Notice how this propels your heart center up towards the ceiling. Keep the buttocks soft by activating your root lock (mula bandha) and gently pulling the navel in and up. Hold for ten breaths. Find Downward Facing Dog.

7.  Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend Clearing (Prasarita Padottanasana Kriya):

Wide-Legged Forward Fold

Wide-Legged Forward Fold

From Downward Facing Dog, frog leap your feet around your hands. Open the feet so they are about 3 1/2-4 ft. apart. Let the toes point straight ahead and rock a little more weight into the heels. Keeping the weight in the heels, walk your hands forward as far as you are able to, so that your upper body mirrors Downward Facing Dog. Root your fingertips into the floor and notice how this allows you to engage your shoulder blades and draw them towards the spine gently.

With an exhale, keep the arms and legs in place and bend your knees, sinking the hips towards the floor, track the knees open, keeping the over the heels as much as possible. With an inhale, straighten the legs and return to the original position. Repeat five times. You may hold the positions as well after pulsing for ten breaths each. When complete, take a Vinyasa back into Downward Facing Dog.

 

8. Camel (Ustrasana):

Camel (Heart Opener)

Camel (Heart Opener)

Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your thighs inward slightly, narrow your hip points, and firm but don’t harden your buttocks. Imagine that you’re drawing your sitting bones up, into your torso. Keep your outer hips as soft as possible. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor.

 

Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis, bases of the palms on the tops of the buttocks, fingers pointing down. Use your hands to spread the back pelvis and lengthen it down through your tail bone. Then lightly firm the tail forward, toward the pubis. Make sure though that your front groins don’t “puff” forward. To prevent this, press your front thighs back, countering the forward action of your tail. Inhale and lift your heart by pressing the shoulder blades against your back ribs.

 

Now lean back against the firmness of the tail bone and shoulder blades. For the time being keep your head up, chin near the sternum, and your hands on the pelvis. Beginners probably won’t be able to drop straight back into this pose, touching the hands to the feet simultaneously while keeping the thighs perpendicular to the floor. If you need to, tilt the thighs back a little from the perpendicular and minimally twist to one side to get one hand on the same-side foot. Then press your thighs back to perpendicular, turn your torso back to neutral, and touch the second hand to its foot. If you’re not able to touch your feet without compressing your lower back, turn your toes under and elevate your heels.

 

See that your lower front ribs aren’t protruding sharply toward the ceiling, which hardens the belly and compresses the lower back. Release the front ribs and lift the front of the pelvis up, toward the ribs. Then lift the lower back ribs away from the pelvis to keep the lower spine as long as possible. Press your palms firmly against your soles (or heels), with the bases of the palms on the heels and the fingers pointing toward the toes. Turn your arms outwardly so the elbow creases face forward, without squeezing the shoulder blades together. You can keep your neck in a relatively neutral position, neither flexed nor extended, or drop your head back. But be careful not to strain your neck and harden your throat.

 

Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. To exit, bring your hands onto the front of your pelvis, at the hip points. Inhale and lift the head and torso up by pushing the hip points down, toward the floor. If your head is back, lead with your heart to come up, not by jutting the chin toward the ceiling and leading with your brain. Rest in Child’s Pose for a few breaths.

 

9. Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana):

Bound Angle

Bound Angle

Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, raising your pelvis on a blanket if your hips or groins are tight. Exhale, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.

 

Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. With the first and second finger and thumb, grasp the big toe of each foot. Always keep the outer edges of the feet firmly on the floor. If it isn’t possible to hold the toes, clasp each hand around the same-side ankle or shin.

10. Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall):

*sorry I don’t have a pic of this but I’m sure you can figure it out!

Set up your mat perpendicular to the wall, bring a bolster and two blankets with you. Place the bolster about six inches from the wall, so that the long end of the bolster is parallel to the wall. Roll the blanket up and place it where your neck will be once you are in the full position.

Sit on the bolster near the wall, and scoot one of your hips to the wall, so that you are sitting sideways to the wall.

Engage your core a bit as you lay down, and swing your legs up the wall, rolling onto your back so that the hips are near the wall, hanging off the edge of the bolster, the bolster is under the lower back. Adjust the blanket under your neck so you are supported as you lay on the floor.

Place the soles of your feet together, allowing the knees to fall open to each side, like Baddha Konasana. Use whatever leg variation feels most relaxing to you. Hold for five minutes. Roll off onto your side and sprawl into Savasana when you are ready.

 

If you’d like to follow along with a video for this sequence, you can see it here:

Mia Lockhart, Massage Therapist & Yoga Teacher

Yoga Types: Vinyasa, Hatha, Chakra, Power Core

Training Certifications: Canadian Yoga Alliance 200 Hours Hatha-Vinyasa, Registered Massage Therapist ACTMD.

What can students expect from your class? Mia teaches with a deep passion for helping others on their healing journey, whether that is physical, emotional or spiritual. Her classes include breathwork, strength building poses and flows, meditation, anatomical focus, powerful hands on adjustments and a long sweet savasana to help you drop in to a place of peace and rest.

 

References:

https://yoga.com/article/yoga-and-chakras-focus-sacral-chakra

http://www.healing-journeys-energy.com/sacral-chakra.html

http://www.chakra-anatomy.com/sacral-chakra-yoga-poses.html

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/02/10-hip-opening-poses-to-awaken-your-root-and-sacral-chakras-kristen-coyle/

Is multi-passionate a niche?

Just listed the 27 businesses I’ve launched on my own initiative in the past 18 years and pondering what that means….

Start-up junkie?

or

Unsatisfied hustler….

It’s one thing to always be launching, it’s another to stick with an idea, build it, believe in it and watch in grow – over 5 years (that’s what most businesses take).

Or what about the theory of “Fail Fast”.

I’m definitely the personality that if you tell me your business idea and show and inkling of desire to start it in the morning, I’ll have your website up by 3pm and a prototype that night.

 

On the other hand, if there’s no traction in 2 weeks, I’ll drop it without batting an eye.

 

When it comes right down to it, the real test for me will be to find something that I love, that stays new and I can keep creating and inventing often yet back it up with persistence and patience.

Is Your Sacral Chakra Healthy?

Someone with a healthy second chakra will usually be energetic and eager for life; enjoy their sexuality without having it rule them; have a form of creative expression; enjoy art, beauty, and sensory experience; be able to experience joy; experience their emotions without (generally) being overwhelmed by them; be able to be spontaneous and play; be open to change; and have a healthy lower back, reproductive system, and urinary system.

Clearing, balancing, and opening your sacral chakra can help you regain your joie de vivre. It’ll get your life juices and creative juices flowing, and that makes your life–juicier!

(For anyone who is unsure of where exactly the sacral (or second) chakra energy center is on our bodies…it, right where you’d guess it to be. It’s located at the lower abdomen/lower back, about three inches below the navel. Its keywords are “life energy” and “creativity.” It relates to vitality, sexual/erotic health and fulfillment, ease with change, creativity, generativity, grace, feeling, fluidity, pleasure, sensation, and emotional balance. Its associated color is orange, and its associated element is water.

When in balance or open properly, your feelings flow freely and you can express yourself without any problems! You have great self confidence, you know your strengths and can handle anything that life throws at you. You have no problems with your sexuality, and are very much open to intimacy (you certainly don’t shy away from it!). You have a Great Passion for Life and want to live it to it’s fullest, experiencing every day as a gift.

Over-Active Sacral Chakra:

If you have an over-active sacral chakra you may tend to be over emotional, creating drama over people or events that happen in your life.  You’ll probably have an unhealthy emotional attachment to people and will become out-of-sorts if someone doesn’t show up on time or if your plans don’t work out. Sexual addiction may be a problem if you are in a relationship or not taking proper caution with your partner(s). Mental, emotional or physical tension of muscles will be another sign that things aren’t in balance.

Under-Active Sacral Chakra:

If your Svandisthana(sanskit name) is under active you may experience a fear of pleasure and deny yourself from the things that can make you feel good! (And you’ll make up any excuse not to have something you really want). You will probably lack creativity, feel sluggish, lazy or suffer from chronic fatigue disorder and have a weak sex drive. “Fitting in” with people may rule your daily interactions and you will find it hard to be your true or authentic self. You’ll find that trying to stand out requires the necessary energy that comes from a properly functioning naval chakra. You can’t manifest what you desire because your thoughts and emotions tend to lean towards negativity.

Physical Symptoms of an Imbalance:  An unbalanced in this chakra may manifest as aches or pains in the lower abdomen with irregular menstration cycles or bladder, urinary and kidney infections. More serious conditions are infertility, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, pre-menstral syndrome, testicular or prostate disease.

5 Ways to Clear, Open, and Balance Your Sacral Chakra

If you feel you would benefit from sacral chakra healing, there are many practical, every-day things that you can do. Here are five ideas:

  1. Spend time in moonlight and near open water (Obviously, open water in moonlight is doubly good!); allow yourself to feel a lovely sense of flow in your second chakra
  2. Surround yourself with beauty–art, flowers, music, color–whatever gives you that elevated feeling that beauty confers; give yourself a moment to savor it every time you encounter it
  3. Play, Pamper and Put Pleasure First–free up your schedule to make more time for spontaneity (and then do some fun things on the spur of the moment)
  4. Use scents and foods to simulate.  Applying essential oils or a musk with, ylang ylang, or sandalwood; use them with a sense of ritual.  Make foods that are decadent and pleasurable and then savour every last moment.
  5. Repeat an affirmation such as:
    • I give myself permission to fully enjoy my sexuality.
    • The universe is full of sweetness and beauty.
    • My life is graceful and pleasurable.
    • I allow my emotions to flow through me in a healthy way.
    • Creating (fill in the blank) nourishes my spirit and brings me joy.

 

Sacral Chakra Yoga

Hip-opening yoga poses are a wonderful way to release tension and blockages in the Sacral Chakra.  I’ve put together a yoga sequence specifically designed to open and release the sacral chakra and help increase sensation and energy into your libido.