How To Activate Your Root Chakra
There are many different kinds of energies coursing through our bodies and these different energies have different energy sources. These energy sources are the chakras. There are seven main chakras in our body altogether and these can all be found in the spine. They align vertically from the base of the spine - the root - to the top of the head - the crown.
In learning and understanding the chakras, you can learn and understand your own body and become in tune with it's energies. By connecting with your body through the chakras, you can then learn to balance and re-align them in order to become healthier and happier in life.
For a basic idea of the seven main Chakras in our bodies, take a look at Understand The Chakras.
In this post, we will be looking at the first chakra - the root chakra - and how we can activate ours in order to live a more grounded and secure life.
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An Introduction To The Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the very base of the spine - by your tailbone - and is the first major chakra. The Sanskrit name for this chakra is 'Muladhara' which translates to 'root support'. The root chakra is connected to the element of earth and is represented by the colour red.
This is one of the most important chakras as it's the chakra that grounds and connects us to the Earth. This chakra is all about our security and our ability to survive in this world - both mentally and physically.
The root chakra is connected to the health of our legs, feet and back - our support system and the things that hold us up in life.
What Does A Balanced Root Chakra Feel Like?
When your root chakra is balanced, you will feel a sense of security in all aspects of your life - financial, emotional etc. You will also feel grounded and at peace with your life and your accomplishments so far.
The root chakra is the foundation on which we build our life. It’s our support system, allowing us to feel safe and secure in order to grow. This chakra is all about being grounded - it connects us to the earth and serves as our anchor to the world of manifestation.
The root chakra represents our sense of security, survival instincts, basic needs, grounding and our sense of belonging. It’s essential for your root chakra to be in working order for your other chakras to work efficiently.
Signs That There’s An Imbalance In Your Root Chakra
When there’s an imbalance in the root chakra, you may feel insecure and unsafe in the world around you - everything you encounter is deemed a potential risk. You want to feel secure and safe but that feels impossible right now. A blocked root chakra is all about the fear! This fear can also be accompanied by greed and paranoia, so it’s vital to get this chakra balanced ASAP!
Other signs of a blocked root chakra include negative thoughts, bad eating habits/diet, being easily annoyed and low in energy causing a lack of motivation. If these are ticking any of your boxes, you’ve come to the right place!
Health Problems Associated With An Imbalanced Root Chakra
- Lower body pain - back, legs and feet
- Problems with immune system
- Eating disorders
- Digestive Issues
- Bone and teeth problems
- Lack of motivation
- Low self esteem
Healing & Self Care Methods
Affirmations are a very powerful - and underrated - thing. If you’re unfamiliar with affirmations, you should start with my post Affirmations That Could Completely Change The Way You Think. Using the power of affirmation to balance your root chakra is definitely the right way to start. Here are some great ones to start you off!
- I am grounded
- I feel safe and secure
- I have a right to be here
- I have everything I need
- I am grateful to be here on Earth *Kyle Gray - Raise Your Vibration*
Food & Drink
What better way to look after your body - and chakras - than to fill it with good nutritional foods and drinks. We are what we eat after all! As the root chakra is represented by the colour red, our nutrition is going to be focused mainly on red foods, such as:
Crystals and stones are perfect for healing as they carry so much vibrational energy with them. Healing your chakras through crystals is more effective when in close proximity to that specific chakra. Wear your crystals as jewellery or place directly over the affected chakra for better results. Here are the best crystals for root chakra healing:
- Red Jasper
- Smoky Quartz
Aromatherapy is an amazing healing agent and the fact that the root chakra is thought to be connected to our sense of smell makes it so much better! Healing your root chakra through aromatherapy is more efficient when using earthy smells. Burn essential oils, incense or candles for better results. Here are some earthy smells to start you off:
When it comes to healing your root chakra, yoga is the best medicine. Yoga poses are an effective way to ground and strengthen your connection to the Earth - these are vital for root chakra healing. If possible, practice your yoga outside - preferably on grass - for better results. If that’s not a possibility, open a few windows and burn one of the scents above while performing your poses. The best yoga poses for root chakra healing include:
- Mountain pose
- Forward Bend pose
- Child pose
- Warrior pose
- Tree pose
Different chakras have different pressure points and it’s important to know where those pressure points are. Reflexology is another term for zone therapy and involves applying pressure to and/or massaging certain pressure points. Here are the root chakra pressure points in the body:
- A finger width below the base of the wrist
- The soles of our feet - inner and outer edge
Meditation is another powerful practice to balancing your root chakra - I mean, meditation IS medicine for the soul after all. If you’re a beginner to meditation, you might like to start with my post A Guide To Meditation. Here is a simple meditation designed specifically for root chakra healing:
- Find a quiet space where you will be free of distractions or interruptions - an outside space would be perfect, if possible.
- Sit comfortably in the lotus position - cross legged - with your hands resting comfortably on your knees, palm up with the tips of your thumb and index finger touching.
- Close your eyes and take three deep breaths, extending them for as long as possble - really focus on those breaths.
- Visualise a bright red light rotating at the base of your spine - where the root chakra is located. Focus on this light.
- Chant the mantra ‘LAM’ while still focusing on that light. This mantra matches the vibration of the root chakra.
- Now visualise that rotating red light extending down your legs to your feet and then into the ground beneath you.
- Finish your meditation with a strong affirmation.
The root chakra is all about the earth so what better way to heal it than to spend time with nature itself. Step outside and be present at that exact moment - feel the wind brush across your face, breathe in that fresh air, keep your eyes open and really take in the beauty that surrounds you. Go for a walk or just sit on the grass and simply be one with nature for a while.
Another great way to truly experience nature and to ground yourself with it is through a little practice called earthing. You can do this by taking your shoes off and standing barefoot on the ground - grass, soil, sand - and literally feel the earth beneath your feet. Feel that connection with nature and become one with it.
My favourite resource for root chakra healing is Raise Your Vibration by Kyle Gray. This book has been - and still is - my go-to when it comes to sorting out my chakras. I stumbled upon this book by accident but I’m so glad I did because it works!
The book is about raising your vibration - if you haven’t already guessed - and includes 111 practices to increase your spiritual connection through the 7 energy centres in your body. It takes you through each chakra with a few little practices and affirmations for each day. Take a look here - I promise you won’t regret it!
I hope this post helped you in some way! What practices do you like to do when your root chakra needs a little love? Please let me know in the comments below!
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