Sexual Healing the Yogic Way

29 10 2009


I know all about back pain.  Lower back pain in particular.  From personal experience as well as seeing it clinically with my patients. Low back pain is not something easily understood unless you actually experience what it really feels like.  It can be very debilitating,  enduring, easily triggered and downright annoying!

It is however an alarm bell your body is blaring at you for attention.  The universe will blow its horn your way and it will  not  stop  till you fully adress it. And what is it loudly saying ?

Explore the second chakra!

Lately, I’ve been really aware of this particular energetic area and it seems it needs some attention.  Perhaps because my yoga training has taken a more refined approach, i’m more in tune with this chakra.  I can gratefully say that since I started practicing yoga 6 years ago,  I’ve not had an acute attack of low back pain!  Prior to that, I would suffer intense acute bouts of pain that would weeks.  Weight training and cardio workouts id not help, chiropractors would worsen the situation and over the counter pain meds were temporary short fixes that didn’t adress the underlying problem.



  • Constriction or tightness in the iliosacral joint?
  • Do you have menstrual irregularities, infertility issues, or intense menopausal symptoms?
  • How is your sexual life?
  • Are you experiencing sexual dysnfucntion such as impotency, premature ejaculation, or inability to ejaculate ?

These are all sacral chakra energy issues.   Don’t fret,  healing is possible and awareness is the first step!

So what are chakras?  For those of you unfamiliar with this language, I present to a breif primer, and will introduce the Sacral chakra a little more in depth.


Chakra Energy System

The chakra system based on your energetic channels,  primarily run along the spine.  The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit language and means “Wheel” or vortex.  These wheels penetrate the body at a physical level, but more importantly on a spiritual and auric level.  There are 7 major chakras and these begin at the base of the spine (rectum) and flow all the way up to the top of the cranium.

Each has its own colour, stone, energy resonance, set of physical manifestations when out of whack, and own earth element.  These are often not seen, but experienced on the more subtle energetic levels of the body.

When a particular chakra is compromised there are direct effects and ramifications.  This post will cover in full the symptoms or manifestations of a threatened Sacral chakra.

I know this may be RADICAL of me to start at the Sacral chakra and not at the first or Base ROOT chakra, but suffice it to say do we really know exactly where the body or mind or spirit for that matter, starts or ends?  No.

So to mix things up we will begin our Yogi Chakra journey at the second chakra.


The Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is located in the midline of the body just below the navel.  Its primarily the pelvic area in anatomical terms.  It includes the bones of the whole pelvis primarily the sacrum, and also the ilio sacral joint.  There are also the reproductive organs here.  Its main fucntion is related to reproduction and the giving and receiving of sexual pleasure.  Sexual intimacy is dependant on this chakra.  How you view your own sexuality, how secure you are in that, and how you use your sexuality in relationships will all determine the health and wellbeing of this particular area.


It is the chakra of relationships.  How you interact with the other.  Not just sexually but all interactions with your “tribe”.  Who is your tribe?  Your immediate family, close friends, business partners can also make up your tribe.  How you interact, relate and conduct yourself with your tribe will reflect in the health of your sacral chakra.

How do you cultivate and nourish your relationships? Do you remain integral, committed and respectful of others in your circle?  The sacral chakra teaches us that we truly need physical affection and touch, and together with this we also must acknowledge that we are DESERVING of love, and respect from others.  We also are responsible for GIVING love, care, and compassion to all those that cross our path.  This is the chakra of giving and receiving, and the more you can balance the two, the healthier you develop this energetic area.


Are you ready to get those creative juices flowing?   Pardon the pun but a healthy sexual life often will transfer to other areas in life.  The key here is balance!  Not respecting this area, and over use of the sexual organs brings fatigue, vital fluid loss for men  and women, depletion of the hormones, and adrenal dysfunction as well.  Many  male yogi masters often conserve their sexual energy in an effort to not deplete the body.

Some claim remaining celibate encourages more concentration of energies into the rest of the energetic body.  This is extreme and often the imbalanced opposite of too much sexual energy.  Like I said BALANCE is the key.  More importantly the INTENTION behind every choice, word you utter, action you take, thought you choose to cultivate (or not) will determine the health of this chakra .



Poor Libido or Over sex drive both symptoms reflect an issue:

  • Pre mature ejaculation
  • Impotency
  • Infertility, lower sperm count
  • Low back pain, injury prone area, chronic disc degeneration
  • Ilio sacral joint pain, tightness, and inflammation
  • Prostate disease
  • Testicular disease, ie cancer



  • Lower libido, or over sex drive
  • Menstrual irregularities, painful menses, hemmorrahging, large clots, too dark flow
  • Infertility, miscarriages
  • Fibroids, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, cystitis, bladder infections
  • Inability to orgasm, vaginal dryness, and vaginosis, pain during sex
  • Low back pain, ilio sacral joint pain or inflammation


How to Heal the Sacral Chakra

This chakra is all about feeling secure with your sexuality, secure in relationships, giving and receiving to and from others, and your ability to allow your creative power to unfold by your own standards and according to your own truth!

Feeling love and appreciated for WHO YOU ARE not what others want you to be is CRITICAL to this chakra.  Being able to express your needs, wants, and desires in a sexual and non sexual way is also very important.  Feeling that your own TRUTH is valued, respected and honoured by your partner regardless of what they feel is really your truth.  Truly embracing your authentic self and not allowing others to impose their judgments on you leads to a healthy sacral chakra.


There are numerous asanas that will increase blood flow to the pelvic region, strengthen an overflexible lower back, or loosen a very tight lower back.

To increase blood flow to the pelvic region you can do the following poses:

  • Hip rotations standing upright, circling the pelvis in one direction, then reversing
  • Bhadrasana- seated pose with legs bent and feet touching
  • Pigeon Pose- a fantastic hip opener
  • Ananda Balasana- Happy baby pose
  • Bhaddha Konasana- Bound angle Pose
  • Bdharadvajasana 1
  • Prasarita Padottanasana- Wide Legged Forward Bend
  • Trikonasana- Triangle Pose

To strengthen the lower back:

  • Sphinx and Cobra Pose- Sphinx is a  milder version of the full Cobra pose-  be careful with both these poses.  Less is more here.  Only extend as far as your body permits, do not go beyond the point of even mild pain here.  You should not be feeling any pain while in this pose, or after completing it.
  • Salambhasana- Locust Pose- Only do this pose if you are NOT already in pain.  This is a very intense pose as it uses the whole upper and lower body to engage the lower back.
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana- Full wheel backbend pose- Again only perform this when you are not experiencing pain! This is a full back bend requiring alot of strength, core stability, hip flexibility and shoulder strength.
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing dog- If you experience any discomfort, keep your thighs on the ground, and the feet fully grounded on the mat


Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Legs extended up against a wall.  Its like a shoulder stand only, you have the wall helping you elevate the legs above the heart.  This pose is one of the BEST to get blood flowing down the body, thereby lessening the load on the heart and truly restoring the who nervous system.

Best time to do this pose is just before bed!  Will induce better sleep, calming the mind and body for a more restful sleep.


Listen to your body, and especially when you are experiencing acute back pain attack, limit strenuous yoga practice.  RESTORATIVE yoga classes are PHENOMENAL for back pain alleviation and healing!  Look for this type of class at your local yoga studio.

Travelling Yogi Piera





16 responses

31 10 2009

Awesome post Piera. I really need to meet you.

1 11 2009
Senor Pablo

Great post. Thanks for sharing…

3 11 2009

A lot a great information here. I am so glad I found this article … and your blog. This reminded me of Caroline Myss’ work. In Anatomy of the Spirit, she defines the “sacred truth” of this chakra as “All Is One” which ties in to your comments on relationships. Beautiful. Looking forward to more! Thanks!

3 11 2009

Awesome! thank you for sharing that. happy to help you anytime. How is your practice? Its always a growing and evolving process. Isn’t that just simply divine? 😉

3 11 2009

Ooh, nice tips.
But if I already do sessions that include those healing pelvic poses, what else can I do? Do them on their own too, apart from the classes? Do them all daily?

3 11 2009

I found personally for my own body, that doing pigeon pose and bakasana has really helped me open my hips. I do them every single day in addition to my regular practice. It really depends on your body, and what you feel you need. The important thing is that you bring the breath to every single pose you do. Let me know how it goes!


14 11 2009

HI there,
I am so glad I “stumbled” onto your site. I have fallen away from my yoga practice this year with building a house and being busy. My lower back would constantly flair up and seem injured more than I wanted it too. Your post on the sacral chakra really spoke to me. The key of feeling loved & appreciated for WHO YOU ARE is huge for me in my lifetime. Thank you I now know what I need to turn into again and focus on. I just need to remove some of the saw dust and find a yoga area to practice in. Any other suggestions for this chakra my yoga practise and any otehr integrations I would appreciate. Right now my hips feel locked and my lower back stiff and burning…time to hit the mat. again much thanks…love & light Andrea

24 11 2009

Very interesting blog. There is an article on similar benefts from yoga to sexual health and back pain in Yoga Journal; last year’s issue featuring Colleen Saidman on the cover. There is a good article on core strength and more importantly- this magazine provided great coverage over sexual areas otherwise exposed.

26 11 2009
tubal reversal

very nice informative and amazing blog
great work

29 11 2009

Great piece on lower back pain. in the past, I had suffered lower back pain and it is so much better through my yoga practice.
I am now suffering from neck degeneration in C5, C6, C7. can you offer some advice?

30 11 2009

Thank you so much for your feedback! Yoga has helped me tremendously wit lower back pain, and I am eternally gracious to the masters who have brought the practice to our modern age! Blessings, and best to you!

30 11 2009
Diana Daffner, Author, Tantric Sex for Busy Couples

My husband began yoga as a way of becoming more comfortable in his body for the lengthy sexual ceremonies that became so vital in our relationship. It has made a huge difference in his ability to sit with presence as he massages me, and the breathing has certainly helped him learn to receive more fully as well.

30 11 2009

Sounds awesome! Yoga truly enhances the physical connection, but more importantly the spiritual bond that we have with one another. Once we spiritually connect, its amazing what happens when we investigate the physical 😉 namaste!

30 11 2009
Diana Daffner, Author, Tantric Sex for Busy Couples

Yes, it is truly amazing! Although the fact that we find it amazing may simply mean that we haven’t fully accepted such Oneness and bonding as the natural state of being human. Namaste, indeed!
PS What’s with the time stamps? Where are you?

12 02 2010

this is an interesting post and I for the most part believe that for most pain problems a little yoga will do you good. However, as someone who suffers from a sexual dysfunction in which sex is too painful to have I wonder if this really is an applicable solution. While for many of the sexual dysfunctions you listed for women I am sure yoga does help, but for painful sex I’m not sure if this method is really effective. In fact most of the poses you suggested for pelvic floor work actually aggravate the pelvic floor and vulva region. This may be my own experience I practice yoga in the hopes of strengthening the rest of my body but have not found that yoga is solution for this particular problem. Chances are it won’t be. but thank you for posting this, I will use your suggestions in the ways that makes sense. If you have any further suggestions for this specific issue they would be greatly appreciated. i am constantly looking for a non-surgical option to at least relieve some of this if not all of it.

12 02 2010
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