Located at your tailbone, your root or Muladhar chakra is the centre of primal energy. This chakra associates with the Earth element. So, in balancing it lies the key to having a strong foundation in your physical surroundings.
A well functioning Root chakra brings grounding, confidence, vitality, stability, and a feeling of security as well as abundance. It gives you the motivation and strength to survive. When this chakra is underactive, you feel easily anxious, insecure, depressed, tired, detached from your environment, and ‘spaced out’. Here are 5 ways you can strengthen it.
How To Strengthen An Underactive Root a.k.a Muladhar Chakra
1. Do Some Yoga
Chakra opening forms a vital part of traditional forms of Yoga. Yoga can be a wonderful way to connect with your roots, since it takes your attention from the mind to the body and brings immense grounding.
Poses that can aid in Muladhara chakra activation and balancing:
- Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
- Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Tree Pose (Vrkasana)
- Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
- The Warrior Poses (Virabhadrasana)
- Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
2. Walk With Awareness.
The Root chakra is strongly associated with the feet. The simple act of walking – preferably barefoot – can bring a deep sense of grounding and connect you with this chakra. If your Root chakra is underactive, dedicate at least 30 minutes everyday to walking. Walk slowly and mindfully, with your attention on the movements your body makes. This can work extremely well.
3. Connect With Nature.
Spending time in nature works wonders for every charka. But it’s particularly helpful for those with a weak Muladhara. Because this chakra’s element is Earth, and it provides us with food and shelter. Both of which, obviously, you need for survival. Nature brings you closer to your primal energy, and can be one of the most effective tools to open and strengthen this energy centre. Walking, meditating, or just sitting on the ground can go a long way.
4. Eat Root Chakra Food.
Did know that your diet influences the health of your chakras? Root chakra balancing foods often contain red pigment and carry ‘earthy’ energy. And they boost immunity, strengthen the cardiovascular system, increase energy levels, and can also bring a sense of calmness. Here’s a bunch of Root chakra healing foods:
- Red bell peppers
- Beet root
This typically involves visualising a ravishing shade of red at your tailbone – the location of this chakra. There are also techniques that use sounds, mantras, and even smells. The mantra associated with the Muladhar chakra is ‘lam’. You could also listen to this mantra being chanted while you meditate on the centre or colour. Combining Root chakra meditation with grounding yoga poses can be quite a powerful technique. If you feel far too spaced out, even the simple meditation technique of watching your breath can bring grounding when done everyday.
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