Day 1: Root Chakra

Root Chakra Characteristics

Root Chakra.jpg

Location: Base of the spine (near tailbone)

Color: Red

Element: Earth

Affected by: Issues of survival (family issues, money, food)

When balanced you feel: Secure, like you belong, prosperous, stable

When imbalanced you feel: Insecure, like your needs aren’t being met, afraid, depressed, anxious or lethargic

Bija mantra: “LAM

Guided Meditation script (~5 mins)

Come to a comfortable seat. Close your eyes and take a moment to notice the the weight of your body as it makes contact with the ground. Brush your fingertips against your thighs and the soles of your feet, noticing the texture of your clothes and skin. Rest your palms on your thighs. Feel yourself present in this moment as you leave any to-dos or future plans to the side.

Now, visualize a deep ball of red light at the base of your spine near your tailbone. Let the light pulse with every breath. As you inhale, the light expands and as you exhale the light shrinks. Focus on that light pulsing for the next five breaths.

Inhale, exhale…

After you have finished your next exhale, watch the ball of red light expand from the base of your spine down into the ground. Thousands of threads of light are grounding you with the earth. Imagine that the roots grow deeper, as deep as the roots for the strongest trees. Tell yourself, I am grounded. With your roots, you are able to sit up a little taller and your confidence grows larger, expanding outside of you.

Tell yourself, I am strong. Take ten breaths here to feel your confidence radiate into the world.

Inhale, exhale…

Now, imagine that the red ball of light returns to the base of your spine. Let that light grow until it fills your entire body. Once the red light has filled every corner of your body from the tips of your toes to the crown of your head, imagine it slowly dissipates, returning back into the earth.

You have created an island of serenity within yourself that you can return to at any time. Tell yourself, I am safe. I am at peace.

Keep your eyes closed for a few more breaths. Rub your fingertips against your thighs again to remind yourself, you are here. You belong here. When you are ready you may open your eyes again.

Learn more about root chakra

Everyday ways to connect:

  • Stomping your feet on the ground

  • Being with nature (hugging a tree, growing plants, sitting in the grass)

  • Dancing

Yoga poses:

Practice poses that maximize the connection of your body to the ground and make you feel confident

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)

  • Balasana (child’s pose)

  • Sukhasana (easy seat)

  • Malasana (squat)

  • Uttanasana (forward fold)

  • Virabhadrasana II (warrior II)

  • Setu bandha sarvangasana (bridge pose)

Foods that nourish:

  • Root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, radishes)

  • Protein (meat, eggs, beans, tofu)

  • Spices (cayenne, black pepper)