The Root Chakra

The Root Chakra
Photo by Alexander Mils

 

Quick facts about the Root Chakra

  • color: deep red
  • location: at the base of your spine
  • represents: courage
  • sanskrit name: Muladhara

 

When your root chakra is open and aligned, you feel:

  • grounded
  • stable
  • secure
  • energized

 

When this chakra is out of alignment, you may feel:

  • lost / feeling stuck
  • low energy
  • angry
  • alienated
  • disconnected from family
  • lack of sense of home or safety
  • discomfort in the lower back, issues with bladder or colon

 

Tips on bringing balance to this chakra:

  • wear or surround yourself with the color red
  • sit in meditation
  • Earthing : walk barefoot outside

Yoga Poses to Wake up your Root Chakra:

Sukasana : Easy Pose

Sukasana in the sands of Santa Monica, CA

Sit cross-legged : you may sit on a cushion, blanket, or block to give your hips some elevation to keep the pelvis neutral, and ease tension in your lower back or hips.

Take 5 deep breaths.

Notice the support of the earth (or your prop) underneath you.

What does it feel like?

What parts of your body are touching the ground?

Can you grow a little taller? Stretch up through the crown of your head, perhaps feeling that energy starting at the base of your spine and moving up your body.

 

Savasana : Corpse Pose

Savasana at Hot and Soul Yoga Center in Coronado, CA

ahhh what better way to surrender than corpse pose?

Lie on your back, close your eyes, and relax your arms down by your sides. Your legs are extended long with your heels touching and toes flopped out, but if that hurts your lower back, slide your feet in and plant them to the ground.

Scan your body  – beginning at your feet and working your way up your body to the crown of you head. As you scan each body part, see if you can have each part really truly relax. You may find it helpful to use your breathing, direct your breath to each part of your body to allow it to soften even more.

 

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