Do you often feel fearful, panic, scattered, stressed? Do you need permission to take care of yourself? Are you connecting to your body — listening to the signals it gives you when you are feeling these intense emotions? Do you often think from a frame of scarcity rather than prosperity? Do you often find yourself saying to yourself “I don’t deserve it” when thinking about the people and things in your life?
If you answered yes to some of the above questions your Root “Muladhara” Chakra may be out of balance.
Through yoga I have learned about the Chakra system. The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas. The Chakras appear as 7 wheel-like vortices of pure energy in the body along the spine. CG Jung referred to them as gateways of consciousness. Each chakra has its own purpose, association and connection. It is important for them to be balanced and in harmony with each other. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The way we feel on an emotional level links our chakra system and each chakra is linked to different emotional states that can affect our overall sense of well being. When one or more of our chakras are out of balance this will affect our whole system.
Our legs, feet, bones, and large intestines are involved with the Root Chakra. Are you feeling any symptoms in these areas? If you are like me you likely ignore your emotions associated with this Root Chakra — and when we do this is when physical symptoms manifest. Of course, if you are not feeling well, always consult your medical professional. I am not a health care provider, just passionate about health and wellness.
So, back to those emotions you answered yes to, now what? Self nurturance through proper rest, eating well, exercise are some things that you can do.
As your yoga teacher I recommend focus on connecting and really feeling your hands and feet on the mat — really feel your body pushing into your mat and notice how the energy travels up through your limbs. Standing poses are great poses for the Root Chakra.
To enhance your yoga practice I encourage the use of essential oils (I only use 100% Therapeutic Grade) as our sense of smell is the only sense that immediately impacts our emotions due to the connection to the limbic systems in our brain. Essential oils helpful to the Root Chakra are those distilled from trees: Frankincense, cedar, pine, spruce are some ideas to try. I like to put 1 drop in my palm, rub my hands together and take several deep breaths before I begin my yoga practice. I also have a diffuser in my yoga room.
Some other ideas to help balance your Root Chakra: Our diets impact how we feel. If you are feeling scattered or flighty increase your protein intake. If you are feeling sluggish or lethargic decrease the amount of protein you are eating. When was the last time you walked barefoot, even in your house? How about feeling the water streaming down your body in the shower? When did you last stop the vibrancy of nature that surround you? We get so hectic and crazy in our high tech worlds that we forget these simple grounding activities that our bodies crave.
If you are interested in a personalized Root Muladhara Chakra yoga sequence let me know and I will be happy to put one together designed specifically for you. In the meantime, download this practice to try today.
Please share in the comments on ways you help yourself become "grounded" when overwhelmed with the emotions of panic, stress, and fear.