Have you ever felt a little less than grounded, out of sorts, perhaps a bit fearful of what’s coming next? It could be that your root chakra is a little out of balance and some simple grounding work could really help you deal with whatever is going on in your life at that time.
Over the last 12 months I’ve been through quite a lot – I’ve changed career, started a business, become pregnant and got divorced. All of these are major life events that can have an impact on your sense of positioning in the world and how secure you feel. Until very recently I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to think about things, but now I’m over 8 months pregnant I’m naturally starting to slow down (not to mention the fact I can’t sleep anymore!). I’ve reduced my working hours and have begun to think about all the things I’ve got coming up. I’ve started to worry about how on earth I will manage with an energetic 3 year old and a newborn on my own – practically, financially psychologically and emotionally? I’m sure I’ll be fine but big changes are ahead and times of change can often be a little scary.
When I am feeling like this I like to work on my root chakra. The Muladhara chakra, or base chakra is, to me one of the most important of our 7 main chakras as it is the foundation on which the other chakras operate.
A chakra is a vortex of energy that can have an impact on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The muladhara chakra is the first chakra to develop, forming in the womb and continuing to do so until you are about 1 year old. During this time you are only aware of your immediate survival needs – warmth, food, security, safety.
The root chakra is located at the base of the body. If you suffer frequently with problems with your feet, legs, knees, base of spine, buttocks or sciatica it may be that your base chakra is out of balance. Similarly, if you have ever felt, or feel, disconnected to the world, felt insecure or frightened but have been unable to pinpoint exactly why then you may benefit from working with this chakra.
A muladhara chakra with excessive energy can result in you feeling stuck, sluggish, overburdened, depressed and you may be focused on routine. Conversely, when muladhara is deficient in energy you may feel very fearful, lack discipline, suffer from restlessness, crave constant change, spaced out or unable to make commitments.
A balanced muladhara chakra will help you to connect with your body and the earth. It can help strengthen your sense of place in the world and make you feel safe, secure and grounded.
Perhaps the most important benefit of working with muladhara chakra is that it can make you feel grounded, and release your fears. So many of us live in varying levels of fear. Fear which perhaps stops us pursuing our passions and living a really full, vibrant life.
So, to help balance your muladhara chakra, why not try some of what I’ve been doing.
Grounded and grounding Yoga Postures
As I’ve been feeling a little stressed and ungrounded I’ve been working with yoga postures that help to balance the base chakra; strong postures that give a sense of rooting such as Utkatasana (chair pose) or Warrior II.
I’ve also been practising walking meditations which you can do anywhere – great for busy mums short on time! As you walk, be aware of your feet walking on the earth and consciously send your energy to the ground, and accept the receipt of new energy. If you can do this in a forest or wood, with bare feet – even better! However, even walking around the house with bare feet will help increase your grounded feelings.
Visualisation is a great technique to help with grounding too – if you’re have a moment where you feel a little fearful, ensure all four corners of your feet are planted firmly on the floor and imagine roots growing from your feet into the earth. Then visualise the earth nourishing you through these roots. You could also visualise a ball of earthy red light around your feet and legs rooting you to the earth.
Whenever you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed STOP…and BREATHE! Breathing is SO important, and so many of us do it wrong. When we are stressed, rushed, busy, we breathe into the upper chest only. This doesn’t fill the lungs with air and can add to our anxiety. To release some stress, take a moment and inhale. Fill the tummy up – you should have a big round belly! As you continue breathing in, the air will then expand up through your ribs into your sides, back and chest. Once you’ve fully inhaled, exhale beginning with the release of the tummy. Do this a few times and I promise you’ll wonder what you were worrying about!
These simple practices are easy to incorporate into daily life and don’t require any extra time as you can do them while you’re doing whatever you’re doing anyway! If you’d like to know more please get in touch!