Our basic survival issues involving trust, health, nourishment, family, money and appropriate boundaries lie within the muladhara chakra – the root chakra. This energy center is close to the earth, helping us feel grounded and safe. It involves our right to be here and, when balanced, we feel comfortable in our bodies, we are able to trust and be still, we enjoy stability and we are able to face the world fearlessly.
The howling wind that was our constant companion during a recent trip I did to the Karoo left me feeling hugely unsettled and ungrounded. Hence, I did some things traditionally associated with balancing the root chakra:
1. Wore red
2. Got out into nature and close to the earth
3. Used some calming essential oil (lavender)
4. Breathed myself into stillness in four grounding asana.
I know I look like I’m having a boskak in malasana and the lavender does make me smell a bit like my granny, but I feel better now.
This post is especially for those of you that had questions on our recent retreat about how to work with the root chakra. Let me know if you have any questions. Always happy to chat.