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Hi. Jessica here. This is the first podcast of a series that that will be dedicated to teaching you about the seven different chakras! In the prior episode, I spoke about how crucial it is for you to balance your chakras to acheive balance in your life. Did you realize that having proper chakra alignment is just as important as having a good diet? Today, I am going to talk about the root chakra and discuss different ways to nourish this little energy center!
Root chakra ( Muladhara)
The location for the root chakra is at the base of the spine. When the root chakra is out of balance, there is an inability to trust nature. We may feel ungrounded, disconnected from mother earth, have issues around tribal beliefs or family wounds, and do not feel secure in our knowledge that our most basic needs are being met ( food, shelter, clothing, and love). We may function out of fear and do not feel safe1. Some physical dysfunctions that may manifest are chronic lower back pain, varicose veins, rectal tumors/cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation, degenerative arthritis, depression, knee problems, weight problems, etc 1.
How to get root chakra back in order
Okay! So now that you know about some of the scary things that may happen if your root chakra is out of balance ( aka cancer I’m looking at you), let’s examine how we can get it back in order!
Did you know that mantras are very powerful for balancing the root chakra? Types of mantras for this chakra should include: I trust, I am supported, I am safe to be myself, I ground down to rise up, I am loved, etc2. Make sure you say these over and over during your meditation or event throughout the day! I like to say mantras also when I meditate or during my daily yoga practice. It really helps me to believe what I am saying is true!
How to do root chakra meditation
Now let me talk about how you could do a root chakra meditation. First, start by taking three slow deep breaths. Inhale completely filling your lungs then exhale very slowly. Allow your whole body and all your limbs to become very heavy. If you are standing, you could even get in mountain pose like when you are doing yoga. Close your eyes and just try to imagine a beautiful red light and that it is getting larger. Imagine that there is a lot of energy emanating from the brilliant light. Continue on with the deep breathing exercises all the while making sure your exhalations are slow! As you breathe out, also release your breath down through your legs. Ask your root chakra the following question: what do you need right now?
You may even wait for feedback after you have taken a few deep breaths. This could present in the form of a song, words, or maybe even the color red of the root chakra. Sometimes receiving feedback could take a while so be patient with yourself! Enjoy the process. Towards the end of the meditation also take some deep breaths directing your energy to the ground.
Move very slowly when opening your eyes. Take your time! When you a lot of time for meditation make sure it is at least 10-15 minutes. Even though you can make the meditation itself like 5 minutes. The important thing here is you don’t want to feel rushed!
Yoga is another wonderful way to balance the root chakra! YouTube has some wonderful videos for balancing this! A good grounding yoga practice video you can find here. There are numerous ones available via YouTube that you can visit. Remember that the root chakra is about stability and support3, so corresponding asanas would be standing poses that strengthen the legs and ability to ground. These poses would include warrior I, warrior II, tree pose, and chair pose4.
When I do yoga, I treat it as a ritual and try always to be as formal as possible. By that, I mean, I dress for the occasion. Even if I am not going to a class, I always try to put on yoga clothing. The reason for this being is mind-set. I would compare it to say going to an interview in dress clothes. When you do this, you feel professional, and therefore you perform much better. It’s the same with yoga. I have noticed that I perform much better when I am in the appropriate attire. If you are wondering where the best place to purchase, I would recommend ordering at Yogamasti. I have purchased yoga clothing from here, and it is good quality!
Did you know that walking barefoot on the ground can have some beneficial health benefits and open up your root chakra? There is an actual term for this which is grounding. Grounding is connecting with the earth both physically and spiritually. It is the key to physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. It creates emotional stability, and calms and clarifies the mind 8. An effective way to open up your root chakra is to incorporate grounding into your life!
There are several ways that you can do this! As I mentioned before, walking barefoot on the ground is an excellent way to create these benefits. However, there are times where you may not be able to do this because of rocks or adverse ground conditions. In this case, you can purchase a grounding mat from Earthing.com. I love the grounding mats because they are also very good for helping with radiation from our cell phones. If you want to read more about this, go to my article Is your smartphone toxic to your health?
Another way to ground, is to incorporate gardening into your life! Anytime, we place our hands or feet onto or into Mother Earth, we are establishing a direct connection with her and helping to stabilize our root chakra. The awesome thing about starting a garden is that you can incorporate some beautiful flowers in it which will also help save our bees. Imagine how much it would help if millions of people all over the world did a bee garden! Think about all the lives of bees that you can save!
Hiking is another great method to ground! Did you know that hiking helps you to connect to the trees and stabilize your root chakra? I even suggest hugging a tree if you want to! Trees have a vibrational pattern that affects biological behaviors within the human body. So when you touch a tree, the vibrational pattern it gives off initiates energy changes within you. When you hug a tree, energy starts to flow much stronger, dislodging any negative energy, which may be currently blocking your chakras9.
Eat root vegetables
Did you know that certain root vegetables are excellent for opening up the root chakra? I like to incorporate sweet potatoes a few times a week to help! Remember, there is a way to add in sweet potatoes and remain “keto-friendly.” It is all about portion control! If you weigh out a sweet potato around 3 oz, then it will be around 12.9 net carbs in Cronometer! All you would do is just record it in your daily net carb intake!
Gems and essential oils to open up chakras
It is also known that certain types of gems will open up your chakras. A ruby contains the essence of vitality and the regenerative forces. A handful of this stone can strengthen and revive the heart. It represents the life force in all its power and is valued for its beauty, fire, and sense of spirit5. Hematite is a magnetic ore with high density. Its silver color attracts the eye and its magnetic qualities make it good for grounding the spirit. Carrying the stone in one’s pocket can help keep one’s consciousness focused and grounded6. Essential oils can also help!! Click here for a link to a set that I recommend, it is found under recommendations in chakra balancing. I love this set because it contains not only essential oils but also gemstones that will correspond to each chakra. The ones that correspond with the root chakra are myrrh, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, and spikenard7.
In conclusion, having balance in our Root Chakra is acknowledging that we have a good life. As holistic keto goddesses, we should always put gratitude first in our life, and then that will help with grounding to this energy level. A functional Root Chakra must be rid of narrow beliefs. When we have a clear understanding that the Source exists within each one of us, we are more open to what unites us than what separates us 8. Look within your inner goddess and open your heart to those around you! You are safe and have the ability to be trusting to those whom you love! Namaste!
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