The root chakra is all about your survival. It influences how grounded you feel, your sense of belonging, your mindset on money and career. Read on to find out more and discover 3 yoga poses you can do to get grounded and embrace the feeling of stability and security.
The root chakra (muladhara) is red in colour and is located at the base of your spine, it corresponds to the Coccygeal spinal ganglian and lower lumbar vertabrae.
When this is out of balance you’ll feel ungrounded, indecisive, tired all the time, struggling in relationships and jobs and having money problems. You may have difficulty connecting to the spiritual side of life and feel fear, impatience, intolerance and feel the need to be controlling.
When in balance, you feel safe, secure and act with decisiveness. It brings health, prosperity and steadiness. Bringing harmony here creates a solid foundation for working through the rest of the chakras.
Questions For Self Enquiry
These are 2 great question to ask yourself when you are working with your root chakra:
- Where in my life am I feeling out of balance?
- What is one thing I can do to bring this area back into balance?
The Poses For Your Root Chakra
Generally, standing poses work on the root chakra. If you already have a practice you can just make sure you combine these poses into it.
If you are new to yoga just practice these three poses this week. It won’t take you long and you will start to feel the benefits fairly quickly.
Always start your practice by either sitting quietly for 5 minutes listening to your breath rise and fall or you can follow this short video:
For the main part of your practice, try these 3 moves:
1) Downward Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana >>Downward Dog Tutorial>>
2) Warrior 1 – Virabhadrasana 1 >>Warrior 1 Tutorial>>
3) Chair Pose – Utkatasana >>Chair Pose Tutorial>>
End your practice with relaxation.
Want a teacher to guide you through it?
No problem! Lucy McCarthy has put together a series for your chakras beginning with this one for your root chakra.
Support your root chakra with some earthy food! The food focus for the root chakra is protein, so try this full of goodness lentil soup recipe.
This post was shared by Kirsty Norton. Kirsty started practicing over 20 years ago. Svadhyaya, the practice of self-study, has taught her that in every moment, we choose our inner state. She brings this teaching into her classes to empower her students. Her aim is to design her state, be well-rested, work hard, remain always a student, stay vulnerable and lead by example. Kirsty is a proud ambassador for Wellicious and has been published in Yoga Magazine and Elephant Journal. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.