The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. Specifically, it is between the genitals and the anus, it is connected to the earth in a seated position. This chakra encompasses all things that are grounding. The root is connected to security, stability, and safety. This is the foundation for which we build our life. Chakra color association comes from the frequency of light that corresponds to the spectrum of the rainbow. Root is represented by red which symbolizes strength and stimulates instinctive tendencies. The element to the root is the earth. When in balance you should feel grounded and secure. This element is the heaviest of elements and therefore allows you to be connected to Mother Earth assisting you with your nurturing side for yourself and others. The symbol of the root chakra is a four-petaled lotus flower with a downward pointing triangle in the center. The triangle is symbolic to spirit connection with earth and our earthly existence. It is in the center of our vital force that is seated in kundalini, female energy at the base of the spine, when this energy awakes it then sends energy upward through the other chakras.
How do you know if you are out of balance or blocked in the root?
This is your foundation, your center for safety. You may experience some of the following if your root is unhealthy:
-Feeling out of control
-Difficulty being your authentic self
-Disconnect from people
-Dysfunction in relationships
Your chakras can be overactive as well. If yours is deficient then you will feel sluggish, tired, passive. If it is overactive you could feel lively, agitated, aggressive.
What do you do to heal the root?
The focus is to re-establish foundation and your connection to earth. One way to find connection to the earth would be to take your meditation practice outside. Feel the actual earth beneath you. Repeating the root chakra mantra LAM (pronounced lummmm) will offer vibrational stimulation that will calm the nervous system. There are several grounding yoga poses recommend for the root. Vrksasana (Tree Pose) is a great grounding pose the roots you to the ground and makes you feel supported as you open your heart and stretch your arms for the sky. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) is a fierce pose that helps direct the natural flow of energy in your body. Ado Mukha Savasana (Downward-Facing Dog) calms the mind as you send your breath to the root and focus your energy in your hands and feet into the earth. Buddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose) grounds you as you open the root and press it directly to the earth. Focus your energy and the breath to the root.
You can incorporate crystals and essential oils into your healing practice as well. Good crystals to use are usually the ones that are dark red, brown, or black like garnet, hematite, onyx, or tourmaline. The oil choices should be those with an earthy profile to offer a sense of grounding. Tourmaline is a stone for protection and help with negative energy. Onyx is the stone for support. It will help you move through grief and transition. Hematite is the stone for grounding. Garnet is the stone of stability. It will assist with revitalizing you while encouraging warmth and understanding. Essential oils are a great way to assist with healing. Earthy oils like frankincense, sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli are good ones to consider for the root.
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