I am so excited to be taking this trip through the chakras with you. It is a healing system that has made such a huge difference for me in understanding the connection between my body, my emotions, and my spirit. It is a system that makes sense to me and is simple, yet powerful.
This week we are talking about the ROOT CHAKRA also known in Sanskrit as MULADHARA CHAKRA. You can find your root chakra at the very base of your spine at the coccyx and perineum area.
The root chakra is about the feeling of belonging, being grounded and safe. It connects you to your tribe, your ancestry, your family and even to the earth itself. It is the starting point and the place from where your personality starts to evolve. It is on this plane that ideas become reality. The root chakra is the first one in the energetic line and it needs to be balanced in order for the other chakras to function properly.
How does it play out in your body and mind?
- When balanced it supports: stability, good health, ability to relax, sense of trust, prosperity and sense of security.
- When deficient or malfunctioning it can manifest as: fear of change, physical issues of the bowel, feet or legs, eating disorders, frequent illness, anxiety and restlessness, overeating, poor focus and feeling sluggish
It can be knocked out of balance from any number of traumas, big or small. Surgery, major illness, physical violence, abandonment, neglect or abuse at any point in your life can affect the energy in your root chakra. I went for a reiki session this week and my therapist sensed that the surgery I had has affected my root chakra and my ability to really get grounded. So I am working on that. I am finding it hard to take deep breaths and that can make it hard to really draw energy all the way down my spine where I need it to go.
So how can we balance the root chakra?
Here are a few healing tips to try:
- Start with this mini breathing meditation:
- Breathe: find a comfortable sitting position, close your eyes and focus on your breath. With each inhalation allow your breath to travel all the way down your spine to your tailbone. Envision breathing some red energy down the spine to the tailbone filling the area with red healing light. Repeat the spinal breath for 2- 5 minutes.
- Ground yourself to the earth. There are many ways to do this. One simple way is to place your feet firmly on the ground ( outside is best if you can) and feel the connection from your legs and feet to the earth, even jump up and down a few times to direct the prana down to your feet. Go for a walk being aware of every step you take and feel the support of the earth beneath you.
- Do Yoga. Try a hatha class and really focus on breathing down your spine into your tailbone, perineum area. If you don’t have time for a full class just try a few poses at home during your day. Warrior 2 and Bridge pose are two of many poses that help restore energy in your root chakra.
- Play with the colour red. Wear red clothing, meditate on bringing red energy down the spine into your tailbone area, eat red foods. Red energizes the root chakra.
- Try some daily affirmations for grounding: I am here and I am real. I belong. I trust in myself and those around me. The earth supports me. I trust in my own body and it’s ability to heal and support me.
- Essential Oils to help ground your energy: vetiver, patchouli and benzoin are all base note oils that you can inhale to help you feel grounded and centered.
- Find a good reiki or energy healing practitioner who can do an assessment and balancing session with you. This is great way to get a sense of all your chakras and an idea of where you are in or out of balance. They can help get the energy moving for you and then you can continue on your own through yoga, mediation and breath work.
If you are inspired to learn more check out another one of my favourite books about the chakra system – Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self