Chakras are energy channels that run along the spine and they correspond to bundles of nerve ganglia and are known as the energetic part of the body. We sometimes don't trust what we don't see, but we do know from our life experiences when we feel really clear, or when we feel really unclear or unsafe, and a lot of that is spoken to us through our energy.
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine, right where the tailbone is. And the deepest connection we have with our physical body, with the earth, the environment, is through this area. Energy from the earth comes up through the legs, and goes into the base of the spine.
The root chakra is also the most instinctive of chakras. Our fight or flight responses are initiated from this energetic station. It’s where we adapt and adopt some of the energies from our past and even our ancestry. It is what grounds us and what balances us and if the root chakra is not strong, it really does have an effect on the rest of the energetic body.
To strengthen your root chakra, firstly pick out something red (it could be a red shirt or a red painting or picture - I'm actually recording this with red microphones) as a reminder of your power, your grounded stability, who you are and who you want to be and what you're capable of.
Secondly, check in with how you are sitting or standing. Can you find that neutral pelvis?
Thirdly, get on the ground every once in a while and do a bridge pose. If you're unfamiliar with bridge, you lie on your back and bend your knees. Your feet are not too close to your butt, but you want to feel them press into the floor and lift your hips up. Don’t lift too high because you want to maintain that length in your spine. Then get your glutes working and feel like you are this charge of energy that's coming from the ground, up into the root chakra, this first place of power.
Some powerful affirmations that connect us to our root chakra are:
- I feel rooted
- I am connected to my body
- I am safe
- I'm grounded and stable
- I trust myself
- I trust in the goodness of life
- l make choices that are healthy for me
- I have all that I need
- I stand for my values, for my truth and for justice for all