Have you ever seen a dog that didn’t want to go to the veterinarian’s office and, as the owner is walking them in, the dog “puts on the brakes”. They lock up their legs and sit their weight back and the owner ends up dragging them forward.

When you resist, you look like that dog and life drags you forward anyway.

Resistance and rigidity are a manifestation of an imbalanced sacral chakra. The sacral chakra is the water chakra and is located in the hips, lower back and abdomen, reproductive organs and all that is fluid within the body. It is associated with emotions, sexuality, passion, fluidity and resistance.


“What you resist, persists.” C. G. Jung

Sacral Chakra: Finding Flow and Ditching Resistance

What are you resisting in your life right now? Often we are resisting reality. We want things to be different than they currently are. You probably don’t have to look very far or think too long to identify what you are resisting because we always know, we just sometimes choose not to acknowledge it.

Are you resisting the truth about a relationship, your job, your finances, a needed change in your life? Are you resisting dealing with a family situation or a health issue?

When you resist, you spend precious time and energy trying to change what isn’t yours to change. You want control and you are fighting like crazy to maintain it. But at what cost?


Ask yourself these questions:

What would happen if you went with the flow?
What is the worst result that you can imagine happening if you surrendered to what is rather than wishing for another reality?
What are you trying to hold on to?
What are you giving up in order to maintain that control?


Surrendering to what is and going with the flow is about being able to take what comes your way and deal with change and transition. It is releasing your rigid thoughts and beliefs and opening up to more and greater possibilities than you can even imagine. And it is about finding ease in every situation rather than locking up like the dog going to the veterinarian’s office.


What are some other ways that an imbalanced second chakra can show up in your life?

Low back or hip pain or hip joint displacement
UTIs and bladder troubles
Menstrual and reproductive difficulties
Excessive stiffness of the muscles, abnormally inflexible
Sensory disorders
Excessive mood swings or sensitivity
Avoids pleasure, fears sexuality
Poor or excessive boundaries with others


If you are relating to some of the above characteristics, here are a few practical ways to balance the sacral chakra:
-Have more fun in your life! Make a list of fun activities for you that you can do for 5 minutes, an hour, a half day and a whole weekend.

– Drink more water

– Add more water into your life: baths, swimming, kayaking

– Eat more nuts, healthy fats, tropical fruits, fish and seafood

– Wear or meditate with Carnelian, the gemstone related to the sacral chakra

Affirmations: I flow with life, I embrace my sexuality, I respect and acknowledge my emotions, My life is full of fun and passion.

– Increase the amount of orange in your life or add a decorative water fountain to your home

Yoga poses: pigeon, hip openers, squats, cobbler, wide legged forward fold

– If you are feeling rigid and holding a lot of resistance, support the root chakra. If you are feeling overly sensitive and without boundaries or containment, support your solar plexus chakra to allow the excessive energy to flow upward.


Lastly, live your life like a river, navigating and flowing along a path of little self-imposed resistance. I have recently taken part in an online course all about finding and cultivating ease and it really has brought to my attention how a situation can be radically shifted just by asking myself “How can I feel ease right now?” Often the answer is just by changing my mind. The actual circumstance does not need to change, it is just my thoughts that do. Today, when you encounter resistance, ask yourself if you can find some more ease in this situation and notice how your life starts to shift.


YOU hold the key to finding more flow and less resistance in every moment.

Claudia Richey is a Victoria, B.C. based Personal Trainer and Ayurvedic Practitioner. She is passionate about sharing her unique approach of training and eating according to ones Body-Mind Constitution with other health professionals as well as using it on an ongoing basis with her own clients to help them reach their goals!