As I mentioned last week, over the next 7 weeks I will be diving in to each of the main chakras. I know it’s Monday, but it’s a long weekend here in Canada so I’m counting this as last week’s post and the next one will come out this weekend 😊
I spent the long weekend “camping” with Taylor’s family for his Dad’s birthday. I say camping with quotes because we just so happened to be at the campground down the road from my mom’s house so I slept there. Although I didn’t actually sleep in a tent, I still spent the majority of the weekend outside and it was really nice! The weather was perfect and it was nice to get out of the city, enjoy the fresh air, and not have to do anything. It was a nice relaxing break!
I mention this because 1) I like to share what I’m up to and 2) it relates to this week’s topic of the root chakra. The root chakra is represented by the colour red, is located at the base of the spine, and relates to your sense of survival, stability, and safety. It is all about grounding, and what better way is there to feel grounded than to spend time in nature?
Each chakra is related to an element, the element of the root chakra is Earth. Focus on feeling connected to the earth. Realize that the earth is abundant and provides you with everything you need to survive and thrive.
The root chakra is all about your physical identity. It encourages you to acknowledge that you have the right to be here and you have the right to have all of the things you need in life. Food, water, shelter, all the basic needs. It’s very similar to the first level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs if you are familiar with that philosophy.
Here are some simple practices to help you connect to the root chakra to feel grounded and supported.
· Yoga – in your yoga practice, focus on your foundation; any part of your body that is touching the ground at any point in time. In yoga, there is a concept of “root to rise” which means that in order to stand strong and tall, you need to have a strong foundation. Whatever pose you’re in, focus on the part of your body that’s touching the ground, can you be more intentional about that connection and press into it more? What happens when you do?
· Meditation – either seated or lying down, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then focus on where your body is touching the ground. Focus on the ground supporting you. Imagine roots connecting you to the ground, providing you with all of the support and nutrients you need. You have everything you need in this moment. Stay with that feeling for as long as you’d like.
· Everyday – throughout your day, whenever you’re standing or sitting in a chair, pay attention to your feet firmly planted on the ground. Press into your feet and feel the connection. Take a few breaths. This can be done at any time without anyone noticing. It’s a great way to check in and feel grounded.
As mentioned before, another great way to balance the root chakra is to spend time in nature. How can you add an extra dose of fresh air to your week? Maybe take a walk or eat outside, go swimming, or go bare foot in the grass. Whatever your preferred method is, be present with it! Notice the sounds, the smells, and the way it feels. Take deep breaths and know that you are connected to the earth, it has your back and you will always have everything you need.
If you give any of these practices a try, I would love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below, message me on Instagram, or send me an email by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. I’m also open to any questions you have about this content or feedback for the remainder of the series!