Putting Down Healthy Roots: Start With Your Base Chakra

August 04, 2017

Each of the seven chakras holds an equal value in traditional Ayurvedic and yogic practice. There are no "best" or "worst" chakras. There are no "high" or "low" chakras. The seven chakras work in harmony to enhance your spiritual and physical wellbeing. Each chakra needs to be balanced for you to stay in maximum health.

Red is the color of the root chakra. This chakra is situated at the bottom of your spine, providing the lowest "link" in the chakra chain. When you feel welcome in the world, financially secure, and well-grounded, your root chakra is open and healthy.

When your root chakra is out of balance, it affects everything in your life because the root chakra deals with origins and home. Learn about your root chakra so you can provide a solid foundation to your psyche and your body's six other energy points.

The Root's at the Base of Things

Both the root chakra and the crown chakra—which is located at the top of the head—are energy points where many healing exercises begin and end. If you do energy work, your teacher may have you "draw" energy in through your root chakra and then send it up through the other six chakras to the crown chakra. Your teacher might also ask you to draw in energy from the crown chakra and imagine it flowing down to your root chakra.

If your root chakra is blocked or out of balance, the blockage will affect your yogic exercises. You may not be able to draw in as much energy as you need to heal and grow. You may not be able to feel energy flowing to your root chakra.

The Symptoms Give Your Roots Away

When your root chakra is out of whack, there are key physical symptoms that may result from the imbalance. The first problems you may notice are frequent infections or pains around your tailbone and perineum. You may have trouble with UTIs or hemorrhoids. These issues are medical problems, but they result from inattentiveness to the root chakra.

Unhealthy weight loss and weight gain are common symptoms of an unbalanced root chakra. You may feel exhausted or anxious. You may have a sense of being disconnected from your body.

Issues with your reproductive health are common signs that the root chakra needs some love. You may also experience problems with your spine, circulatory system, and adrenal glands with a root-chakra imbalance.

The Emotional Symptoms Reveal Root Issues

If you're feeling insecure in your job or career, that's a sign that your root chakra needs work. Do you feel like your friends and family don't really like you or want you around? Once again, look to the root chakra for the source of your angst.

If your root chakra is overactive, you may begin to feel more materialistic. You might overspend and find comfort in purchasing new things. You may feel greedy or entitled and fail to consider the needs or feelings of others.

The Root Chakra Revives With Attention

Recharge your root chakra with meditation and breathing techniques you learn in yoga class. Chant "lam" (sounds like the word "long") as you imagine drawing energy up through your tailbone with each breath. Slowly move the energy up to each successive chakra and back down, until you're moving the energy from the root chakra all the way to the crown chakra and back.

Imagine counter-clockwise energy flowing up from your tailbone to your crown. Imagine clockwise energy flowing from your crown back down through the chakras to your root chakra.

The Use of Root-Chakra Crystals and Stones

Use crystals and stones associated with the base chakra. Red is the color of the root chakra, so practice healing with red gems, including:

  • Red jasper
  • Red calcite
  • Garnet
  • Bloodstone

Dark-brown stones and crystals also represent the earth and ground. Tourmaline, obsidian, and hematite are appropriate root-chakra stones to use in your healing exercises.

The Color Red Will Refresh Your Ailing Root

Recharge your root chakra by wearing red clothes and looking through red-lensed glasses as you meditate. Put red sheets on the bed and look at picture books full of red things.

If your root-chakra issues are manifesting at work, add some red to your office or workplace area. Bring aromatherapy to work in the form of a bracelet or essential oil you can sniff every so often. Ginger, myrrh, cedar, and nutmeg have earthy essences that help soothe the root chakra.

Buy yourself red flowers, and be sure to eat plenty of red foods. Strawberries, raspberries, and other red fruits are good choices. Cook some tomato soup or savory marinara sauce.

When you feel that your root chakra is becoming more in balance, take other affirmative steps to improve your life. Change your residence, talk to your boss, and discuss your family insecurities with your loved ones. Balancing your root chakra will give you the firm foundation you need to confidently tackle your issues.

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