This is the first post of a series that will be dedicated to your root chakra! Did you realize that having good chakra alignment is just as important as having a good diet? These little energy centers are essential to your well-being and are wonderful nutrients for your soul! How do you nourish these little chakras? Well, I am going to examine each one and provide information on how to tell if they are out of balance. I also will give wonderful tips on getting them back in order. Okay, let’s get started! I am going to start from the bottom and work my way up!
Root chakra ( Muladhara)
The location for the root chakra is at the base of the spine. When the root chakra is out of balance there is an inability to trust nature. We may feel ungrounded, feel disconnected from mother earth, have issues around tribal beliefs or family wounds and do not feel secure in our knowledge that our most basic needs are being met ( food, shelter, clothing, and love). We may function out of fear and do not feel safe (1). Some physical dysfunctions that may manifest are chronic lower back pain, varicose veins, rectal tumors/cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation, degenerative arthritis, depression, knee problems, weight problems, etc 1.
How to get root chakra back in order
Okay! So now that you know about some of the scary things that may happen if your root chakra is out of balance ( aka cancer I’m looking at you) let’s examine how we can get it back in order!
Root chakra balancing:
The type of meditation for this chakra should include root mantras such as I trust, I am supported, I am safe to be myself, I ground down to rise up, I am loved etc2. Make sure you say these over and over during your meditation! I would highly recommend that you are fasting during meditation. If you are wondering why please see my post. An easy meditation to do could just consist of 5 minutes. Find a tree to lean on, get in lotus pose or sit/lay down quietly.
How to do root chakra meditation
Start by taking three slow deep breaths. Inhale completely filling your lungs then exhale very slowly. Allow your whole body and all your limbs to become very heavy. If you are standing, you could even get in mountain pose like when you are doing yoga. Close your eyes and just try to imagine a beautiful red light and that it is getting larger. Imagine that there is a lot of energy emanating from the brilliant light. Continue on with the deep breathing exercises all the while making sure your exhalations are slow! As you breathe out, also release your breath down through your legs. Ask your root chakra the following question: what do you need right now?
You may even wait for feedback after you have taken a few deep breaths. This could present in the form of a song, words or maybe even the color red of the root chakra. Sometimes receiving feedback could take a while so be patient with yourself! Enjoy the process. Towards the end of the meditation also take some deep breaths directing your energy to the ground.
Move very slowly when opening your eyes. Take your time! When you a lot of time for meditation make sure it is at least 10-15 minutes. Even though you can make the meditation itself like 5 minutes. The important thing here is you don’t want to feel rushed!
Yoga is another wonderful way to balance the root chakra! YouTube has some wonderful videos for balancing this! I really like this one https://youtu.be/0pbuvhbg7po. However, there are several ones available via YouTube that you can visit. The root chakra is about stability and support3. Corresponding asanas would be standing poses that strengthen the legs and ability to ground. This would include warrior I, warrior II, tree pose and chair pose4. Also, it is important to do yoga while you are intermittent fasting or when you are in ketosis. Please also this post, which talks about how intermittent fasting can assist with yoga and meditation.
When I do yoga, I treat it as a ritual and try always to be as formal as possible. By that, I mean, I dress for the occasion. Even if I am not going to a class, I always try to put on yoga clothing. The reason for this being is mind-set. I would compare it to say going to an interview in dress clothes. When you do this, you feel professional, and therefore you perform much better. It’s the same with yoga. I have noticed that I perform much better when I am in the appropriate attire. If you are wondering, where is the best place to purchase, I would highly recommend ordering at Yogamasti. I have purchased yoga clothing from here, and it is good quality!
Other Chakra opening tools
Some other methods of opening your root chakra could be to do some grounding, spending time hiking or eating the root type of vegetables. It is also known that certain types of gems will open up your chakras. It is known that a ruby contains the essence of vitality and the regenerative forces. A handful of this stone can strengthen and revive the heart. It represents the life force in all its power and is valued for its beauty, fire, and sense of spirit5. Hematite is a magnetic ore with high density. Its silver color attracts the eye and its magnetic qualities make it good for grounding the spirit. Carrying the stone in one’s pocket can help keep one’s consciousness focused and grounded6. Essential oils can also help!! Here is a link for a set that is root chakra specific. The ones that correspond with the root chakra are myrrh, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, and spikenard7.
In conclusion, having balance in our Root Chakra is acknowledging that we have a good life. As holistic keto goddesses, we should always put gratitude first in our life and then that will help with grounding to this energy level. A Root Chakra that is functional, must be rid of narrow beliefs. When we have a clear understanding that the Source exists within each and every one of us, we are more open to what unites us than what separates us8. Look within your inner goddess and open your heart to those around you! You are safe and have the ability to be trusting to those whom you love! Namaste!