Root Chakra Information and HealingJan Hiscock
This month we will be looking at the Root Chakra. With Christmas fast approaching, so much to think about and the pressures we all feel under to make Christmas ‘the best ever’ it is important to remain grounded.
This first blog is about the Root Chakra and some things that you can do to help you to ground.
The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the first of the Chakras. Its Sanskrit name is muladhara – mula meaning root and adhara meaning support. It is your connection to the Earth and if it is balanced you will feel grounded, safe and secure. It is the root of your being and maintains the deepest connections with the Earth, your physical body and your environment.
The Root Chakra governs your innermost primal nature – it is your survival centre – your fight or flight response. If we focus on balancing the Root Chakra first, then you will be building solid foundations thus giving you security, stability and rootedness which will enable you to grow and develop both physically and spiritually. With such a strong foundation it will help you to feel secure and protected. This will enable you to be successful in your endeavours and to make good connections in business and family life. Commitment and focus to reach your goals along with the stamina to complete projects will help you to achieve your heart’s desires. Thus a balanced Root Chakra can bring you health, prosperity, security and stability.
Through keeping your Root Chakra activated and balanced you can recharge your bodies energy – just like you would with a flat battery. Trust is also a key feature associated with your Root Chakra as is your connection and respect for the natural world.
If your Root Chakra becomes blocked, then your other Chakras will be out of balance too.
You may feel:
- Tired and lacking in energy.
- Not at home in your body.
You may suffer from:
- Eating disorders
- Colon, lower back, leg and feet issues.
- Lower back pain
There are lots of ways to activate and reconnect your Root Chakra. Maintaining your connection and understanding of Mother Earth is primary to a healthy and balanced Root Chakra.
There are a myriad of suggestions in both books and on the internet and here are a few that I have use and have found to be successful.
- Earth breathing: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart or sit with your feet flat on the floor. Visualise roots growing out of the soles of your feet down into the earth growing sideways, forwards and backwards from your feet to anchor you to the ground, just like the gnarly roots of a big old oak tree. Breathe in the earth energy through the soles of your feet and let it travel up your legs all the way up to the top of your spine and down your arms to the tips of your fingers. You may feel a tingling as you breathe in this beautiful earth energy.
- Grounding Meditation is a great way to activate your Root Chakra and to foster feelings of security, stability and building firm foundations. I use this meditation at the end of my meditation classes to ensure everyone is grounded before they travel home. Building on Earth Breathing you can continue to visualise growing your roots down, down, down to the core of the Earth until they reach an Amethyst cave where you find a beautiful Smoky Quartz Crystal pulsating with Earth energy. Wrap your roots around the Smoky Quartz crystal and breathe in the pulsating life force energy – all the way back up to your Root Chakra.
- Physical exercise – walking, cycling, running, sports, martial arts, Tai Chi, Yoga anything that gets the body moving and stretching and activities that get you outside as much as possible are all beneficial. Being the first Chakra, the root chakra is the strongest link to the physical world. So any physical exercise that focuses on the body will activate and strengthen this Chakra.
- Gardening – not only is gardening a great cardiovascular exercise and good for weight loss, it is fantastic for grounding you too. Having a good connection to the Earth will give you solid foundations and keep you grounded. Digging in the garden with your bare hands will give you a direct connection with the Earth, but if you are like me and like to wear gardening gloves, you will still foster that connection by digging, weeding and planting. If you don’t have a garden you can dig, weed and plant into pots or window boxes and for those without outside spaces, you can always grow beautiful plants indoors.
- Walking in the countryside surrounded by nature is inspiring, good exercise and a great way to strengthen your Core and Root Chakra. Being surrounded by the trees, fields, lakes, beach wherever you like to be enables you to connect with Mother Nature. Being aware of your body whilst you are walking, focusing on your breathing and your steps mindfully, noticing how it feels every time your foot touches the ground will activate your Root Chakra and ground you to the earth.
- If you can walk barefoot on the grass or the earth this will give you an even greater connection to the Earth.
- Foot massage. As the Root Chakra is connected to the energy of the Earth through your feet and legs, a relaxing and rejuvenating foot massage will stimulate the energy flow in the lower half of your body.
- Putting on your favourite music and dancing like nobody is watching is a really fun way to activate your Root Chakra. You don’t need to go to a dance class or anything formal, dancing around the kitchen whilst cooking dinner to your favourite piece of music is just as good.
The most important thing is to do what you love to do. Take some time out for you – you deserve it.
Next week’s blog will look at affirmations and how to use them.