3 Morning Yoga Practices To Ground Your Root Chakra
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine and generates feelings of safety, security and a sense of belonging both in your physical body and in the physical world. The energy of the root chakra also known as Muladhara, (derived from two Sanskrit words, Mula meaning “root” and adhara, meaning “support” or “base”), is what creates stability and flow in all areas of your life. When it's balanced, we feel at ease within ourselves, our environment, and comfortable with change. When out of balance, we often subconsciously fear that we don't have a solid foundation from which we can to respond to life's challenges. This unbalanced state leads to stress, anxiety, poor sleep hygiene, digestion and a myriad of help complications because it is our basic desire as humans to exist comfortably and confidently in our bodies.
2020 has undeniably rocked us all at our cores. Living in times of uncertainty triggers our root chakra into feeling that we can't defend ourselves and that we aren't safe in our internal or external worlds. Reminder: You always have the ability to return home within your body no matter the energy around you.
Here are three poses that have been helping me and that you can add to your morning practice to help ground the vital energy of that root chakra.
1. Seated Side Bend
- Find a comfortable cross legged position on the mat with your sit bones comfortably beneath you as you draw your awareness to the base of your spine and your pelvic floor and visualize pulling that energy up through your root and towards the crown of your head
- Place both hands palms down on either side of your body and as you sit up tall, lift your left hand over the right side of your body, breathing in deeply as you bend and breathing out as you come back to your center.
- Repeat on your left side body
2. Yogi Squat
- Staying with your breath, move slowly up unto the soles of your feet, drop into a low squat, get comfortable with the sensation that you feel from your feet as you push your knees away from your body with the forearms, placing your hands in front of your heart
- Make sure you're lifting up from the base of the spine, your shoulders aren't caving in and your firmly rooted through your feet
- Enjoy three full breath cycles here
3. Mountain Pose
- Make your way out of your yogi squat gently, by way of downward dog or childs pose, the choice is yours, what's important is that you maintain the awareness of your connection to your root with fluid breaths
- Rising slowly, lifting your head over your heart, your heart over your hips, open both to face out and ground down through the feet, consider yourself a tree and your feet the roots.
- You can even visualize how big your tree is, what size and shape it is. It's yours to keep.
Incorporate this flow into your practice each morning for to create a solid foundation for your day.
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Love and Light,