The more I am applying yoga to my life, the more I am finding I want to delve deeper into this world. It just FEELS so good. My body responds to it, and I feel a loss when I am without it!
So I started looking more into Chakras and what they mean for our bodies. There was SO MUCH information…it was a little overwhelming.
One site that was very helpful was Chakra.info. If you are interested in learning more about Chakra and their role in our bodies I highly recommend that site!
So I figured I would begin with the Root Chakra, aka Muladhara (Moo-lahd-hara) chakra, which is known as the “seat” for raw energy and is located at the end of the spine. Typically it is represented with a lotus and the color red, brown, black or grey; Root Chakra is also considered the first Chakra.
Root Chakra is considered to control the lower body including the kidneys, bladder, lower spine and back. It is also believed to control out confidence and fight or flight instincts.
So the website I mentioned earlier has some very good information on the Root Chakra, and I thought I would include a direct quote from them for those of us who are like “Melissa I am not going to every stupid website you tell me to go to”.
Here a really cool image I pulled from the Chakra.info site with a little “Root Chakra cheat sheet” that I found really helpful!
So by working on healing your Root Chakra, you are working on grounding yourself and creating a solid foundation. So, it’s fitting that we refer to it as the “Root”!
One of the ways that I know I can work to really help heal my Muladhara is to create my sacred environment. Right now my room is part nursery, part catch-all, part living room, part bedroom. My bathroom is a DISASTER, my shower is not usable because my husband tried to fix it and broke it…these are all things that hover over me like a dark cloud. So making my room a sacred space would really help me to connect more with my environment. I feel like although it is probably optimal to allow yourself to connect while outside in nature, it’s also important to connect with spaces you spend a lot of your time in.
To expand on that, connecting with nature is also important. I’ve found that the more time I have spent gardening the more peaceful I feel. To remedy this, we are putting in a garden on the side of our house. My goal is to create a gardening space that I can enjoy with my children and we can watch our work create food that we can harvest and use. I think it’s very important for children to learn that skill!
An affirmation I need to use in my journey to connecting with my Muladhara would be “I am enough”. That encompasses so much for me. I am enough just who I am. I have this tendency to bring myself down with all of the things I wish I was, I find myself always pulling on more instead of accepting myself in the place I am today.
Some other suggestions on healing your Root Chakra from Chakras.info include:
some scents suggested include-
I included links to the Etsy shop ShantiAromatherapy which carries a large variety of well-priced essential oils, and I prefer to support small businesses that do good work at reasonable prices!
Chakra Healing Foods:
- rainbow chard
Here’s some options from Auramore and SequoiasRoots (a little pricier than Auramore, I would say is you can’t buy it on Auramore then just don’t get it) on etsy
Also, here is a list of questions from Chakra.info (I know I keep going back to the website but really guys they have a ton of great info!)
Useful questions to guide first chakra healing
- Do you feel you have all you need to live comfortably?
- How are you doing financially? Are you constantly struggling or do you have strong foundations?
- How are your current living conditions? Do you feel supported enough?
- Do you feel connected to the natural environment around you?
- Do you feel threatened by looming fears about the end of the world? Or do you trust that no matter what happens, you and your family will be OK?
- How resourceful do you feel when you meet life challenges (whether they are financial, health-related, job-related, etc.)?
- Do you find yourself in situations that others deemed right for you, but do not truly meet your deepest needs and aspirations?
- Do you feel you have enough support where you live?
- Are your roots strong enough to support you wherever you are?
If you are like me and you like taking tests to find out more about yourself (like what Disney Princess you are, who your 80’s move soul mate is, and what kind of food you were in a past life) here is a little quick two-minute test you can take to help you see which chakra’s are in the most need.
Of course, this is really something you need to work on yourself. But I took the test because that is who I am and I don’t appreciate you judging me for that thank you very much.
So according to this test I really need to get my Root Chakra together. Which is pretty accurate for me. I can easily identify a lot of my own issues that I want to reconcile through the Root Chakra.
SO MELISSA WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS???
I am challenging you, and by an extension myself, to spend February (or whatever month you are in) trying to heal your root Chakra. Lets take an entire 30 days to focus on being more grounded and centered within ourselves.
Buy the food, the scents, answer the questions, go for a walk. Live through this Chakra for an entire 30 days and then come back to this and let me know how you are effected. Lets journey through this together and find a healthier, happier sense of self.
Namaste, you sexy beast you.